Tory Government: Congratulations, ladies! You’ve got a whopping 1% pay rise!
TG: Damn right! Just think of everything you’ll be able to buy with that extra £3.50 a week.
Nurses: But… We’ve put our lives on the line for you in an ACTUAL PANDEMIC. Held people’s hands as they were dying. Kept the NHS from tanking!
TG: Hmmm, there is that, I suppose. OK — let’s do another Clap for Carers.
Nurses: No. More. Token. Clapping. Give us a decent pay rise.
TG: Sorry, girls. Too busy outsourcing billions to our mates instead. And just think: if we can get away with 1% for nurses, then other public sector workers won’t stand a chance. So definitely don’t write to your MP. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’ve got a meeting about Carrie’s £200,000 makeover of Number 10. You know what they say: charity begins at home.
*According to the Royal College of Nursing, the pay of an experienced nurse has fallen by 15.3% in real terms over the past 10 years*