Andrew Gilligan in the Telegraph points out some interesting information about public sector expenditure.
As always, the most juicy bits are the salaries. In transport for London (TfL), for example there are 231 people are paid more than £100,000. The UK Treasury has 21.
Meanwhile it may be worth remembering that an MP has a salary of £64,766.
The Chief Executive of Shrewsbury Council earned £335,000 last year. The Head of TfL earned £494,884
It may be worth recalling that the Prime Minister earned £197,689.
Although I think "Sir" Nicholas Winterton has been one of the more egregious expenses cheats, and a pompous ass to boot, the media shit storm about his annoyance at losing his free first class rail travel seems a bit overdone. After all first class rail travel is a privilege that is extended to all officers in the army above the rank of Major.
MPs have become every one's whipping post, but at least 80% of them try to do a good job in not particularly great working conditions and actually quite poor remuneration, when one considers the rest of the public sector.
I, for one, hope that the new Parliament resents the outrageous larding of public sector pay and conditions so much that this is where they start the bonfire of the public sector vanities.