Fraser Nelson's latest column for The Business is full of killer facts about what Gordon Brown has given to the public sector unions:
- The British state pays 14% of working-age adults to do nothing.
- "Since Brown’s spending floodgates opened in 2000, salaries of public sector workers have risen by 38%, against 29% for the private sector."
- "Defying trends in the rest of the West, Brown has sharply expanded the state sector with spending now 44.9% of the UK economy, up from 37.5% in 2000. He has officially added at least 780,000 to his army of state sector workers since 1997."
- "State education remains a national disgrace, even though its budget has almost doubled to £50bn ($101.6bn, e73.5bn), from £27bn. The ONS says education productivity has been declining by 0.7% a year."
- "The British Medical Association negotiated new contracts that delivered GPs a 24% pay rise (to an average of £110,000 a year), while the number of patients seen is up just 4%. The NHS budget has trebled since 1994 but the average hospital wait remains as long."