5 July 2017
It is a real shame to see the heckling and chaos in the House of Commons when discussing the pay gap. This is a time when all eyes are on the House to resolve an issue that has been going on for too long.
At a time when our emergency services are more stretched than ever, after a disastrous election and following the DUP commitment, discussing the public sector pay gap should have been an opportunity for the government to come together and create something positive.
It’s understandable that our government wants to spend less money and lower the deficit, but in my opinion they are going about it in the wrong way. Really, the government has made it difficult for themselves because a politician’s job is effectively that of a leader, and leaders should never treat themselves better than the people that they lead. They gave themselves a pay rise instead of the people who really need it most.
There’s not much difference between leading a business, a family or a government; you can’t have any favouritism. Nurses, the fire service and the police are extraordinary characters saving people’s lives and looking after us all – why should they not be looked after themselves?
Fundamentally, a lot of money comes into the government and it is really about where that money is being spent. There is a huge amount of money in the NHS but it is about how that’s spent and where; money being spent arguably where it doesn’t have to be: long-winded procurement processes or poor investments are two examples.