Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Tories favour the police - again!
When Margaret Thatcher's government came to power in 1979 one of the first things it did was approve a 45% pay rise for the police. As a consequence, as the police marched in to quell the miners' strike, the Wapping printers' dispute and the poll-tax riots, many felt that the propose of this Tory generosity was to ensure that the police were on their side to oppose what Thatcher regarded as " the enemy within." The left dubbed the police "Mrs Thatcher's boot boys."
The release of the police and prison offices from the public elector pay cap with an extra 1% is small beer by comparison. but it does show us where the Tories' priorities still lie: teachers, nurses, care workers (if there are any left in the public sector) all remain behind in the queue.
Maybe government is gearing up for public reaction in the streets as a result of the continued failure of their policies.