COLUMN: Westwell of Ely says prime minister ‘should look to what her government is doing first’ before capping people’s earnings

Ely Standard columnist Rosemary Westwell,

Ely Standard columnist Rosemary Westwell, - Credit: Archant

So our prime minister is declaring war on the ‘unacceptable face’ of capitalism. The government will be taking steps to stop bosses paying themselves fortunes. It all sounds great. The problem that is on our doorstep in businesses and in government will be resolved.

However, when you look deeper into the prime minister’s declaration, yet again, she chickens out. It will not be our government that will be taking real action; in business, the responsibility will be on the shoulders of the shareholders.

When enough complain, the bosses’ names will be publicised. Gee that is going to worry them. Why is she convinced that this will make any difference? Some of these bosses are so arrogant that such publicity will only make them smile for they subscribe to the erroneous belief that ‘all publicity is good publicity’.

They believe that the work they do, no matter how distant from the actual work done by the lesser paid minions, is superior and worth a lot more. While nothing concrete is done, publicity will only feed the pride greedy managers have in their grotesque signs of wealth. Until we change our whole attitude to what we value in life, circumstances will never change.

It has also been reported that now there are over 100 academy leaders that earn more than the prime minister. When the powers that be decided that we must have academies instead of ‘normal’ schools, we could see the writing on the wall.

Like health, education is not and should never be a money-making business and yet the government surged ahead. In order to get anywhere, many of our schools have felt coerced to become academies because that is what those in charge wanted.

Claims are made that academies offer a better education, yet there are examples of when this is not so. The change has been management led. For good education, the institutions need to be pupil and teacher-led.

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The nature of the school and what it provides should be the outcome of what our next generation need, not a new fangled idea for our government to avoid paying out too much money.

The education bill should be fit for purpose so that every child receives a good education. Why then are teachers now only getting a 1 per cent rise, school budgets are being cut and parents are being asked to pay for basic equipment in the class room? It is not as if our taxes that should be paying for these things have decreased.

If Theresa May is so intent on capping what our high earning figureheads of large institutions earn, be they in the business or in education, she should look to what her government is doing first.