Rishi Sunak will provoke a public uproar should he prioritise pre-election tax cuts over better pay for nurses, ambulance workers and teachers, Britain’s most senior union figure has warned.
Here little voter of mine. Would you like £500 a year back, back off your tax bill? Or would you like that cash to go to the doctors, train drivers and teachers all of whom make more than you do? For, yes, those middle and upper bands of the public sector do make markedly more than you, Mr Median and or modal voter on your £32k a year. Train drivers twice and doctors three to four times for example.
Revealed preferences are different from expressed often enough. And if that deal were offered in the privacy of the actual wallet then those public sector workers are shit out of luck. Sadly, politics works rather more on expressed than revealed preferences. In the voting booth more revealed, but even then not entirely so.
Which is what makes it an interesting contention and a maybe, isn’t it? Maybe the voters will elect with their wallets, maybe they’ll go with the grandstanding.