The main reason for withholding the full pay award to police last year, according to the Home Secretary, Jacqui Spliff, was because to award to full amount would place too much inflationary pressure on the economy; if we got the £30 million they saved by reneging on their agreement, the Bank of England would explode, or something.
Bearing in mind this was at a time when the ‘credit crunch’ was but a glint in an economist’s eye, petrol hadn’t gone up a squillion pounds an hour & people weren’t screaming about huge rises in food bills with fuel bills set to rise by orders of magnitude.
Strange then, that whilst the economy can’t handle an additional £30 million to 155,000 police officers, it can handle, in these times of rapid inflation, £15 for 640 individuals with barely a raised eyebrow in the corridors of power.
That’ll be because the £15 million is for MPs’ expenses allowing them to claim an additional £24,000 a year towards a second home. The economy will additionally stand all these MPs pocketing up to hundreds of thousands of pounds profit when they eventually sell the home that the tax-payer paid for.