The tensions between Gordon Brown’s old team and his new recruits is bound to be exacerbated by the revelation
in the Telegraph that Stephen Carter is earning £180,000 a year and his secretary as much as £70,000. This means that Carter is paid as much as the PM and his secretary is paid more than a backbench MP. Carter also receives free taxis to and from work.
To some extent, people coming in from outside are always going to expect to be paid more than the public sector pay-scale and there is a certain truth to the adage that you get what you pay for. But Carter’s package does reveal quite how much of a hired hand he is especially when compared to those who have been with Brown on his long march to power.