Well this is going to be an interesting one to watch!
Tories relatively predictable. Broadly trends in public sector should mirror trends in private sector etc. Question, did they leak in order to soften actual news in budget?
Lib Dems hard to see. VC arguing that flexibility in public sector deals must make some sense. Did they leak though? Dangerous strategy if Osbourne ignores them and they then look even more impotent.
Labour face a tricky one. Having supported the notion before in government, Ed Balls, "of course, pay needs to reflect local circumstances."......One size National caps do not work in practice (same logic?)....But today, a different story!!!! Hmmmm?
Labour policy in government regarding public sector pay:
Uk gov pay policy based on three principles: (1) Affordability; (2) flexibility to set pay in line with regional economic and labour market conditions; (3) Performance.
Ok so this was dear old Tony but an interesting historical context!