Sometimes even the Daily Mail manages to surpass itself. On Wednesday it seized upon an Office for National Statistics report on wage comparisons to claim that public sector workers, "on average", earn £136pw - yes you read right - £136pw - more than public sector workers. Hell...some of my members don't even earn £136pw, let alone that much more than anyone else in the economy!
Do they really think we're stupid?
There is no indication of how different jobs have been compared; which jobs in the private sector have been compared to teachers, nurses or social workers? For a start if one looks at how the ONS actually defines "public sector", then many of the lowest paid people providing public services have been excluded because most of them have been contracted out to the private sector. The "public sector" also includes bank workers - on the technical basis that the Government now, in theory, owns the banks. It is well-established that the public sector contains a greater proportion of professionally qualified staff which skews the comparisons even more.
Of course none of these subtleties register with the Daily Fail (see the excellent Tabloid Watch for more examples of just how woeful their "journalism" is) - the agenda here is clear. Create the impression of a featherbedded public sector, the better to convince people of the cuts agenda.
Dont fall for it.