The Tax Payers’ Alliance (TPA) has just published the UK’s public sector rich list for 2006 .

While the 12 most highly paid people in the NHS earned more than £183,000 each, the research also points out that the starting salary for an NHS nurse is around £19,000.

On average, the 170 public sector rich surveyed had a pay rise of 8.4 per cent between 2005 and 2006. This is double average earnings growth (including bonuses) across the country – which was 4.2 per cent over the same period.

The average total pay of the 170 people on the list is £259,701 per annum – or just under £5,000 a week!

While I have no problem with people in the private sector reaping the rewards of success I despise the public sector fat cats who parasitically spout their egalitarian waffle but then absorb vast amounts of money which we have to pay at the barrel of a gun – i.e. taxation.