So, 172 civil servants earn more than the Prime Minister. So what? Let’s take the salary of NHS chief executive David Nicholson, for example. He is paid £260k. His annual budget is £130 billion plus. Wouldn’t it be a good idea if those sums of money were in the hands of someone with a good level of competence and experience? Do you think that such people come cheap? Indeed, should they come cheap? If he were in charge of an organisation of that size in the private sector, his salary would be vastly higher. What should he get for his toils? The same as a GP? I bet he works longer hours than most 9-5pm GPs who decline to do any out-of-hours calls any more. His job is one of enormous complexity and difficulty, especially as his organisation will have to make do on less in the next few years.
In tandem with this fake outrage comes the predictable sniffing through the underwear drawer of Danny Alexander, the new Chief Secretary to the Treasury... [CONTINUED]
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