I am at work and so not able to listen to this discussion on 5 Live, but I would be interested to know the reasons why Independent columnist Owen Jones thinks private sector pensions are currently lower than public sector ones.
The reverse was the case in the 1990s - British private sector pensions had a good reputation around the world and the United Kingdom was cited as one of the few western nations to get their long-term pension provision on a sound footing.
This changed with the Gordon Brown on-going tax raids on private pensions. He seems to have made a cynical decision that there were relatively few votes for New Labour among people relying on private pension funds. And so people with private pensions became a target and the sector was decimated.
Now the Coalition seems to have decided that there are few votes for them among public sector workers and so they can safely target them for cuts without any electoral repercussions.
Both strategies are reprehensible, but we should not forget who started it.
For the Labour party to complain about Coalition attacks on the public sector is a bit like the city of Leipzig complaining about Bomber Harris.