Quest for a fast buck has ruined values of public servants

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From: John Watson, Hutton Hill, Leyburn.

I AM sick and tired of reading about high salaried staff in the public sector going off on what they call necessary journeys and using their expense account to pay for meals, travel and top hotel accommodation.

These people, some of the highest paid in the land, should be thankful they are in such prestigious jobs, and it is greed that makes them abuse their positions.

I bet that there are a lot of people similarly qualified who would do the job at half the 
price.

A few years ago, I had a small operation in my local hospital and the ward I was in was run by the Army medics, the RAMC.

The cleanliness, discipline, and attention to detail was absolutely first class, they would knock the spots off those trying to run the NHS.

Every day now we read of people trying to beat the system, spending money they haven’t got, and in several cases spending other peoples.

In the latter case, the majority end up in prison, but what about people going on their junkets with the taxpayers’ money? Nothing.

They should have to publish their extravagance for us all to see.

After all, they are employed by us, the taxpayers.

If I had my way, I would sack the lot and have a fresh start, employing people who know how lucky they are to have such a job, who are honest, lacking avarice, and devoted to their new positions.

Not a greedy bunch of top earners who may be clever 
but who know nothing about 
the niceties of life, wondering 
where they can make a “fast buck” without regard for the 
rest of us.

I feel so mad about this behaviour that I will continue writing about it until somebody in the Government or 
elsewhere will decide that 
I and so many of my friends are right.

Such avarice, and anti-social behaviour, have no place in this gentle nation of ours.

From: Professor JA Double, Upper Batley, West Yorkshire.

WITH reference to your article “Union boss warns over teachers pay gap” (The Yorkshire Post, January 12).

While Chris Yates, General Secretary NASUWT, comments on a “pay gap” between teachers and other professions may be true, they have to be taken in context.

Teachers get 13 weeks holiday, and none spends more than 
25 hours per week in front of a class.