Public Servants’ Pensions

I’ve just seen that absolute scunner Michael Gove – so called Education Minister – on TV. He was talking about the proposed teachers strike at the end of the week in England and Wales. Basically he was inciting parents to strike break and go into classrooms in place of teachers to keep them open. It doesn’t seem to hve occurred to him that they are unlikely to have any training in dealing with large numbers of young people and that most of them won’t have had a disclosure, which means that he is potentially allowing exceedingly dodgy characters access to other peoples’ children. Being a parent does not mean that you are automatically a good person.

Speaking of dodgy characters, in my opinion Michael Gove should be sitting in a prison cell at the moment as he was one of the worst MPs involved in the expenses scandal. He flipped his home and was gleefully getting the tax payer to pay for things which he had no right to do. Very interestingly he was keen to give our Prime Minister’s mother-in-law’s shop the business. Also he was quite happy to take his family off to a high class spa and chalked the whole thing up on expenses to be paid by the tax payer. How he can sit and pontificate on the rights of people who work so much harder than he does for so little pay is just beyond me. The man has no shame obviously.

The government seems to think that all teachers and local government workers, including people on very low pay, should quite happily agree to having to work a lot longer for much less of a pension. Apparently, it’s our fault because we are all living longer and the pensions are no longer affordable. That just makes me scream, I don’t know about you but I know absolutely loads of people who have died recently and most of them weren’t lucky enough even to reach pension age as it is now. It may be that people living in the affluent south of England are living longer but in the north things are very different. It’s because of a combination of genetics, poverty and the cold, damp climate.

Would it not be sensible to concentrate on the unemployment problem. If there were more people in work and paying tax and fewer people on unemployment benefit then that would go a long way to solving the problem of a black hole in the pension budget. At the moment, people are being educated only to end up in a dole queue, no matter how many degrees they have.

Better still, the government should tell the banks, who let’s not forget started this whole problem with their stupidity and greed, to stump up money to plug the hole instead of awarding themselves massive tax-free bonuses.

Please take a look at this link, from the Daily Telegraph, but be warned, you may need a sick bag/high blood pressure tablets!

4 thoughts on “Public Servants’ Pensions

  1. Go, Katrina, Go!
    I hope you’ll write letters to the editors of your local and regional newspapers and say the same thing. People need to be reminded, over and over!

    It made me crazy when our horrible Republicans were conspiring to do away with government-funded Medicare, in place since 1964 to help the elderly have good medical care, to replace it with for-profit company-funded insurance plans that would cost lots of money. At first, there were no complaints. But now, but now, people are rising up and voting against Republicans who endorse abandoning Medicare.

    People need to get mad, and then act on their anger!


    • Judith,
      Honestly, I’m spitting mad about so many things, I don’t know where to start! There are virtually no Conservatives in Scotland as it is, but we get dragged along by their policies, at this rate we will end up with an independent Scotland, if it gets much worse, not that the Labour party would be any better. Someone said we get the politicians that we deserve – surely that can’t be true, we deserve much better.

      I might write a letter to The Guardian, but there will be so many other people doing the same, I’m sure. There will also be demonstrations, this is all timed to perfection as the schools will be breaking up for the holidays soon, but I don’t think people are going to go on holiday and forget about it. I predict a riot!

      They are also trying to privatise the NHS, and making profits from people who are ill is just obscene!

  2. Why is it that we, the general public, are always supposed to side with teachers, nurses and train drivers ? I’m fed up with missing work because our so called national treasures want to squeeze the public purse until it dries up and dies. It used to be that public servants sacrificed there wages for the security of a state pension, but today we’re giving them high wages, state pensions and supplementing there periods of stress.

    As a self employed man of 44 years, with a pension that’s just dropped 25% in 2 years, can’t afford to buy a house and, even though I have no debts, can only just cover costs of running a family home … tell the teachers to go and whistle !

    • Marshall Grimes,
      I can understand why you feel like that, as I come from a family of self-employed small business people. However, having lived with my husband who went into teaching after being a research scientist I now understand why teachers feel as they do. Previously he only had 3 weeks holiday time- and that was ample when he was a scientist. His hourly pay rate now must be minuscule, given the amount of work that he has to do at home. Try coping with a class full of teenagers who don’t want to be in school. Most people couldn’t manage 10 minutes with them, never mind teach them. Most public sector workers have low wages and the average pension is a whopping £4,000 a year! I’m fed up hearing about these mythical high pensions that all public sector workers are supposed to get.

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