The foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has stepped into the fold, adding his criticism of the government’s position on the cap, calling for a change in the policy.
His intervention could not come at a worse time for the PM and the chancellor.
Over the weekend, Michael Gove spoke on the Andrew Marr show, suggesting that there could be a change in direction in regards to public sector pay.
He said “it is the ‘collective view of Government’ to ‘respect the integrity’ of independent public sector pay review bodies”.
He then added, “You sometimes have to suppress your own views, I sometimes might suppress mine in order to ensure that we can operate successfully as a collective team.”
It sounds like the collective team may be feeling the pressure on this issue. Are we seeing the beginning of the end for this minority government?
Michael Gove full interview on the Andrew Marr show.
I think it’s fair to say that Theresa Mays leaderships has been a bit rocky over the last few weeks. And with senior cabinet ministers divided on this issue, this is probably the last thing she needs.
She is also under pressure from her back benchers. Heidi Allen, the MP for South Cambridgeshire, suggested that austerity could be “scaled back”, calling for the “rebalancing” of where money is spent.
But with all this political talk about being part of a “collective team” and making the “hard decisions”, it’s easy to forget the people at the heart of the story. Our public sector works.
With nurses using food banks and with greater pressure on our services, the PM and the chancellor are going to have to grapple with what’s fair, and use the limited money in the public finances to better the many.