Watch: Hammond refuses to deny saying public sector overpaid

The SKWAWKBOX

hammond public.pngChancellor Philip Hammond is on a (blighted, Tory) roll at the moment. Fresh from insulting more than half the world’s population – and every train driver – by saying, according to press reports, that driving a train was “so easy even a woman could do it” and letting slip that the Tory Cabinet is riven by infighting over Brexit, Hammond was on the hook again this morning.

Hammond was asked directly by the BBC’s Andrew Marr whether he had in fact said that public sector workers are overpaid. That’s firefighters, NHS staff, police – and the hundreds of thousands of people who organise our refuse collections, lift the bins, sweep the roads and do all the countless, vital tasks to maintain our society.

The people Hammond’s party have impoverished in real terms by around 15% since 2010.

His response?

I’m not going to talk about what was or wasn’t said…

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