As workers all over the UK take industrial action over pensions we learn that Scotland’s First Minister alex salmond’s pension pot is worth more than 15 times that of an average public sector employee. Prime Ministers and Scotland’s first minister receive a special pension award and in salmond’s case it is estimated that he will trouser £700,000 as a result of this special award, worth every penny I hear you say, right?.
Wee eck is never slow to criticise his great rivals like David Cameron and Gordon Brown, how ironic is it then that both these Prime Ministers voluntarily gave up this special award while salmond hangs on to his like “a scrapyard dog” fighting over a bone.
It wouldn’t be (Del boy) salmond without the small print though would it. His reply to his critics is that the pension rules do not allow him to refuse to accept the money, you can almost feel his pain at having to keep the £700,000 can’t you?. He is now facing the full glare of the public’s mistrust, the ducking and diving, the lies, the sneering arrogance it has all built to a crescendo. The partying at the public’s expense at the Olympics, The Open Golf, the still missing £50,000+ from his last junket, it all adds up and the people are seeing him for the Shyster that he is, he even took his personal piano player and his two private chefs to America with him, enough surely?.
I have a solution which will ease his anguish at having to take the special pension, while the rules prevent him from accepting it there are no rules which prevent him from giving the money back once he has got it, not the kind of thing he would ever think of perhaps but surely someone could suggest it to him? A close colleague perhaps or a political adviser, someone with courage.