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Yorkshire police chief calls for public sector pay freeze

Sir Norman Bettison, the head of the Yorkshire police force, has this week called for a freeze on public sector pay in order to cut the national debt and at least attempt to maintain frontline services. This is the first major figure from the public sector to step forward and suggest a pay freeze and is unlikely to be welcomed by Gordon Brown and the Labour Party.

Quite why the announcement has been made this week, in what is the most politically sensitive period in the UK in recent times, is a mystery but it has cast light on public sector pay and the need to rein in public sector investment. Many believe this will play into the hands of David Cameron who is looking to reduce public sector investment at a time when Gordon Brown, at least in public, is suggesting that public sector investment should be maintained during the economic recovery stage.

As we approach the final stages of the run in to the general election it is likely that the public sector will become one of the main focal points for UK voters and UK political parties. So far David Cameron appears to have the upper hand but those who write off Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling and Lord Mandelson do so at their own risk.

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