In Uruguay, which has one of the best records in the world in fighting Coronavirus, the salaries of all public workers - including the President, his ministers, all MPs, but excluding medical workers - earning over 80,000 pesos a month were CUT by between 5% and 20% from March.
In the UK, which has one of the worst records in the world in fighting Coronavirus, MPs are on the verge of receiving not one, but TWO inflation-busting pay rises during the course of the pandemic.

These things are not coincidental. To put it mildly.
Uruguay is a VERY expensive country and 80,000 pesos a month, especially before tax, is not a huge salary at all.

But the example of solidarity was set from the top down. "If we're going to ask you to make sacrifices, so will we".
In Britain, the attitude of its government and legislature is: "You plebs must sacrifice and in many cases, die. There's different rules for us".
It wasn't even a leftist government that did this in Uruguay. It was a centrist/centre-right one.

In properly functioning democracies which care about ALL of its people, global pandemics are not about greed, selfishness or playing politics with death - but protecting everyone.

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