David Cameron has rejected Audit Commission boss Steve Bundred’s suggestion that a public sector pay freeze would go some way towards making badly needed public spending cuts. Instead he’s proposing to save money by cutting back on quangos.
The Tories have been attacking Labour for not being honest about public spending and not being prepared to make the necessary difficult choices. No-one can accuse David Cameron of that though can they?
Not for him the easy option of telling millions of public sector workers they can’t have a pay rise. That would be a wimp’s way out. Instead, David Cameron has set his face against the wildly popular quangos. He knows that an assault on these revered bodies could well lead to a backlash from the voters but, hey, that’s what leadership is all about, isn’t it? Sometimes you’ve just got to make those hard decisions and tell it like it is.
Now we know what he meant when he talked about honesty and tough choices on spending cuts. And why Steve Bell draws him as a translucent jellyfish.