PJ Cawkwell – Letter

Patrick Cawkwell has provided the text of his letter in this weeks Advertiser, we publish it to in order to help to carry out his wishes, I quote “I’d like as many people as possible to see it”:


Before people cry foul at the bus drivers or public sector workers striking over pay and conditions, I’d like to draw their attention to something that requires urgent resolution.
The Chief Executive of the publicly owned Royal Bank of Scotland earns £1.2 million per annum, with a bonus this year of £963000 which means with all that lumped in to one sum, even if he had to pay tax on the bonus, this leech would get over £4000 per day.
Is someone able to explain to me that whilst Stagecoach drivers, nurses, teachers, police officers, cleaners, class room assistants and lollipop crossing patrol staff have to strike to earn a few more pennies, this gentleman who is in charge of a publicly owned asset can get such a massive income?
This bonus has been authorised by George Osborne and David Cameron, the very men who want to wage war against the public sector.
Another issue that appears to be getting attention is benefit theft/fraud.  Benefit theft/fraud is a serious issue, however, tax evasion by massive companies makes the effect of benefit theft/fraud look minuscule.  Osborne is keeping the tax evasion issue well out of the public gaze as it’s all his gang of cronies who is affected.
Lets tackle the massive amount of unfairness in this country of ours – and let’s do that by starting at the very top – NO to massively inflated salaries, NO to tax evasion for the richest companies and NO to insulting pay and conditions to some of our most hard working guys on the front line.

P J Cawkwell”

7 thoughts on “PJ Cawkwell – Letter

  1. Hi Patrick,

    As a fellow socialist and trade union member for 40 years I very much share the sentiments expressed in your letter …

    But my dear friend your argument would hold much more water IMHO if you researched your facts a little more: “police officers, cleaners, class room assistants and lollipop crossing patrol staff have to strike to earn a few more pennies”.

    I may be stating the blinding obvious to a blind man with no legs, but if you are gonna engage in public discourse on this most important subject you should surely realise that it is indeed unlawful for Police Officers to strike under the Police Act 1996. Period – http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/7141970.stm


  2. I think that adequately paints the correct picture.

    I would just like to clarify, I am of course aware that the Police Act 1996 makes it illegal for police officers to go on strike.

    The letter was written and proof-read without me inserting another line to make that little bit make sense.

    I’m sure most South Yorkshire folks have got the common sense to assume this is what happened.


  3. @Trambuster – As I have indeed just clarified the letter was written and proof read by myself before I clicked “send” – however, I forget to insert another line in their to make that little bit make sense.

    I spent three years in the police service and like to think I am well versed in basic matters of policy.

    After a hard day at the grind stone I am not so well versed at remembering the all important sentence to ensure that very small section of the letter makes sense.

    However, I am sure most people, not all, can assume what I meant and will take the letter in the spirit and sincerity it was meant.


    • Well written!
      If I were to change one point, I’d change “tax evasion” , to “state-sponsored tax avoidance”. But I am just being picky.
      You said it well!!


  4. I totally agree with the original letter and the comments but, why does no one ever mention those 22 massively over paid toss-pots who run round a football field on a Saturday afternoon, their managers and hangers-on? They can receive (I shan’t say earn) more in a day than a lot of people earn in a year and their money comes out of the pockets of the working man. How many football clubs owe millions of pounds in taxes to the treasury? At least the bankers contribute to the economy of the Country, I don’t think the footballing world does at all. The whole lot needs cleaning up.
    My opinion!


  5. I find it all rather interesting when people are surprised at the greed of capitalists, The capitalist system is based on greed and exploitation so why be shocked when it happens. Don’t forget either that Ed Silliband bleats on about a fairer form of capitalism, what a load of rubbish. Our we to believe that Labour would stop the greed of capitalism, it has never done so before. I think while we are on the subject we should be clear on what is happening as far as the benefit cap is concerned. The condems are adding into the cap family allowance, this has never been a means tested benefit; even the queen got it. This also means that rich who do not need housing benefit will get this money. Yet the Labour party makes no mention of this serious breach of trust.
    Dave Smith


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