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The Government has a cunning plan to get 'down with the kids' – it will backfire spectacularly

When ministers discussed when to formally end the seven-year clampdown on public sector pay, it seemed a cunning plan to do it on the day Jeremy Corbyn addressed the TUC conference on Tuesday. Their hope was to spike Corbyn’s guns and make trade union threats of strikes over wages look unreasonable. With tight Commons votes looming, the Tories’ Democratic Unionist Party allies gave them a timely nudge on public sector pay.

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