NURSES, POLICEMEN AND FIREMEN TO HAVE PENSIONS CUT
I see the BBC is using its usual ‘unbiased’ reporting to manipulate public opinion once again. This morning’s BBC Breakfast show headlines that civil servants and public sector workers to have their final salary pensions replaced with average earnings pensions; they should retire later and contribute more.
Immediately, 99.9% of non-civil servants will say it is right, based mainly on the premise of ‘I don’t get it; why should they?’ Coup number one; they have successfully introduced the ‘divide and conquer’ scenario. Why aren’t we supporting them and saying leave them alone; we want the same?
I suspect the same 99.9% of non public servants will envisage public sector workers and civil servants as the well-paid, pin-striped, bowler hatted old boys club, the popular conception of the civil servant.
In fact we are talking about nurses, hospital porters, doctor’s receptionists, policemen and firemen. Coup number two; journalists are well aware that what you headline tends to form the opinion of the reader/viewer. In this instance, they will be well aware that headlining ‘nurses, policemen and firemen’ would possibly, even probably elicit a different response; one of support for our front-line services. (By the way we were promised these would not be affected by the cuts. Remember?)
This of course leads us into the May elections. What can we do that will boost our public perception? Hit the civil servants, but not too much detail or there might be a backlash if they realise it’s the civil servants the most vulnerable rely on that we will hit the hardest… again.
Of course, this is still at the report stage. I suspect, however that the biased reporting is to ready us for the almost inevitable implementation of most of Lord Hutton’s recommendations.