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Gordon Brown’s big spending cut

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brown and cameronCameron has salary cut – by Brown!

The Telegraph has a very interesting little piece in its Mandrake column illustrating nicely the tribal instincts of the outgoing unelected Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his attitude towards his successor (whoever it may have been).

Despite the fact that the Brown led Labour government was profligate and wasteful in its spending, went on a massive binge spending spree in the weeks leading up to the election which required civil servants to request “letters of authority” from ministers, and generally added £ millions more to the national debt and the budget deficit, Brown at least did have one important spending cut in mind. Perhaps it was the only one he was determined would go through, so determined in fact that he ensured there was little or no publicity attached to the decision. He ensured that the Prime Minister’s salary was reduced from £194000 to £150000, thus ensuring that David Cameron would see very little benefit or rise in income compared to being Leader of the Opposition.

Bearing in mind that Cameron had already pre-announced that his government ministers would take a 5% pay cut on taking office, the new PM’s salary will now be down to just £14200 pa.

Little wonder that Brown, the member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, will be pretty scarce around the Palace of Westminster these days (come to think of it, just how will he justify claiming his MP’s salary?)

Never mind Dave, we are all in this together, many years of pain and all that, now what was that song? Oh yes, “The first cut is the deepest”.

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Written by curly

June 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm

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  1. How will the millionaire David Cameron survive on such a paltry salary?


    June 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm

  2. This story is nonsense – Gordon Brown voluntarily cut his salary in 2009 to £150,000 and presumably this was to formalise that.


    June 6, 2010 at 4:19 pm

  3. I don’t think Prime Minister’s do the job for the money, I’m sure David Cameron is not too bothered. By the way Curly, that is a great picture of Mr Brown, the press, BBC etc. usually pick much more unflattering pictures to illustrate their articles, is it one of yours?


    June 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm

  4. Curly

    Have you dug down through what GB actually took as salary?

    I’m still looking.


    Matt Wardman

    June 7, 2010 at 2:16 pm

  5. “Gordon Brown revealed during the election campaign that, from last December, he only took £150,000 – about £43,000 less than his entitlement. Mr Cameron has made the same salary sacrifice but has cut that by 5 per cent”.

    Taxpayers’ Alliance Press Release, June 1st 2010.

    The only tribal instincts this (non-) story illustrates are those of the right-wing press.


    June 8, 2010 at 8:42 pm

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