Protecting pals damages Budget
The pay reduction of a mere 3pc in Budget 2010 for grades at assistant secretary or higher in the public sector is absolutely disgraceful.
It is entirely proper to protect junior grades at low salaries; no responsible member of the general public would object to this provision.
However, the same percentage reduction should be applied to all grades -- without exception. The decision to take a lower amount from grades at the very top is simply taking care of pals and cronies to the extent where important provisions in the Budget lack credibility.