NEWS: A new McCarthyism threatens Parliamentary debate

Let’s be clear: I am in no position to complain about the disclosure of public employees’ earnings. As a civil servant mine were an open book for 23 years. Everyone understands why I’m now so busy in retirement. I do believe that anyone paid, if only partly, by the taxpayer is in a different position from those who earn their living from private sources. If industrialists recognised this, they would understand why we live in the age of accountability. They might also be less inclined to grab every penny of public money going in grants and ‘incentives’ while demanding lower taxation.

by BERNARD INGHAM

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