One of your correspondents mentions the NI pay level in the public sector as if it is something to be vilifed. Does he not realise this is considered to be a relatively low level of pay in mainland UK?
As a retail worker who "enjoys" receiving minimum wage I can tell you I'm envious of those who receive fair remuneration and a pension, but I wouldn't want them to drop to below a "living wage" to make the statistics look better.
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