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Johnson Woes Tie Government in Knots Over Pay, Pensions, Strikes

  • UK premier urges salary restraint even as he helps pensioners
  • Perilous position after confidence vote is influencing policy
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Boris Johnson’s decision to dramatically increase the UK state pension, even as he urges pay restraint for workers, shows how his perilous political position is muddling the government’s response to surging inflation.

The inherent policy contradiction was laid bare when Johnson’s spokesman, Max Blain, effectively acknowledged the government wants a real-terms pay cut for public sector workers to avoid an “inflationary spiral.” Moments later, he declined to comment on whether Johnson’s plan to hand pensioners about £10 billion ($12.3 billion) extra to spend next year would be inflationary.