The Chancellor's proposal to end national pay bargaining in the public sector has been met with the usual howls of protests from trade unionists. They see it as a stealth cut in their members' wages.
Maybe, but for decades there has been a stealth rise in those wages. Public pay now averages 8% more than in the private sector – and the hours, holidays, sickness breaks, and of course those gold-plated pensions, are all much better. But the difference is a shocking 18% in Wales.