As Polly Toynbee keeps telling us we should be more like Sweden. As Polly also continually tells us we desire those Swedish public services but we’re not willing to pay the taxes to fund them. As the perceptive will have noted there is a way out of this impasse. We could have the public services but just pay the people who provide them less.
This being what Sweden does do. Sure, it has more public servants. And, in common with the other Nordics, it pays them less. Hey, don;t just believe me, feast your pryin’ eyes:
Cool, lots of lovely public servants.
And, as you would think, they spend a lot of GDP on this:
And they pay them less than even we do:
So, sure, let’s be more like Sweden. Cut public sector wages now!