There comes a point when most people have had enough.
Among British people, such occasions are fairly rare. Even reactionary forces are somewhat limited in their activities.
For those who have a copy of “If only politicians had brains”, I draw your attention to chapter 17 – Talking to a Brick Wall – and note that we have been this way before.
Has Mr Sixsmith resigned? Did he receive an enhanced package?
The question should be asked, what would any enhanced package cost for Mr Sixsmith – or anyone else – who leaves local government or the civil service early? Page 167 will tell you – under “early retirement costs”.
These are not figures plucked out of the air. Tom was a real person and these are real costs. Local authorities have had to scoop hundreds of thousands of pounds from rate payments to reinforce their pension scheme instead of spending it on local services.
Mr Sixsmith is just the tip of the iceberg – read on, and enjoy an encounter with the facts.