2 thoughts on “John Hutton’s report on public sector pensions is a step in the right direction – but he needs to go much further”

  1. Posted 08/10/2010 at 11:40 | Permalink

    It must have been tempting for a short-termist politician like Alan Johnson to funk doing anything about public sector pensions when he had the chance three or four years ago. It does sound as if John Hutton is providing some sensible advice, but (as Thatcher said) ‘advisers advise, ministers decide’.

    It’s hard to be confident that, when it comes to it, government ministers will in fact take the radical decisions on public sector pensions that are so desirable and so much overdue.

    As Philip says, proper accounting, here as elsewhere, is extremely important. (Lack of it was a noticeable feature of the six government project disasters I wrote about in ‘They Meant Well’.)

  2. Posted 08/10/2010 at 16:57 | Permalink

    Now that Johnson has been appointed to be Shadow Chancellor, I imagine we can expect a continuation of the spineless approach towards the government’s financial mess that members of the last government have shown since being kicked out.

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