‘No pay freeze’ en route for the land of milk and honey

Alison Thewliss…’there must be no pay freeze’.

Coronavirus crisis

by Colin Campbell                                                                                                               Thursday, May 14

SNP “Shadow Chancellor” Alison Thewliss, who according to rumour once went bankrupt running a whelk stall, yesterday demanded that the Government should rule out any prospect of a public sector pay freeze in the months ahead.

A few years ago it was revealed a thousand employees of Highland Council were earning more than £40,000 a year, which was then typical of councils up and down the land. We don’t know how much has changed since. Not a lot, I suspect.

And isn’t it the kind of thing that could give you sleepless nights just now?

The prospect that council officials could actually be subjected to a pay freeze in the next year or two.

We’ll come out of this situation with mass unemployment and in so much debt that our grandchildren’s grandchildren will still be paying it off.

But God forbid that the Department of Paperclips and Filing should have to suffer a pay freeze.

Alison Thewliss should announce that she’s organising a socially-distanced SNP march against it. 

These days it wouldn’t need to be held on a Saturday. It could be held any day of the week. So many folk have got plenty time on their hands.

Some among the most ardent furloughed nationalists could rise out of their deckchairs or set aside their gardening tools to protest against “Tory scum”.

When you’re getting paid 80 per cent of your normal wage to sit around doing nothing  that’s just the kind of activity you might feel you need.

Council bureaucrats facing the dread prospect of a pay freeze deserve all the support we can give them.

Alison Thewliss has put down a marker.

Once again she’s shown the SNP have got their priorities right.

As the UK drowns in debt she’s shown in her world there’s no such thing as making ends meet or trying to balance the books.

Or worrying how in God’s name we’re going to pay for it all.

The clear and resounding message is: No public sector pay freeze! Never mind the virus, forget about the debt. Vote for the party that’ll lead us straight to that balmy and enchanting place – the land of milk and honey!

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