The backbone of Britain

2020 has been a terrible year for many people, especially the self-employed in Britain.

While people working in the public sector, and big private businesses, continue to collect enviable regular salaries, the self employed have been largely left to fend for themselves.

I’m not critical of ordinary people working in everyday jobs but some of the salaries being paid to senior, and even middle management, in the Public sector, seem grossly excessive when you consider they are coming from the public purse.

Earnings in excess of £100,000 pa are common place.  Some even £500,000 plus! That’s over £40,000 per month! On top of this many get seemingly endless perks, which can include, luxury cars, huge pensions and long holidays. Unlike self-employed people they can ring in sick and still get paid with no questions asked. If employers question too loudly there is a cry of discrimination! HR is then called in to arbitrate.

Unlike entrepreneurs and the self-employed these people don’t take risk but earn much more than many of the people that do. They often get several added benefits and huge, comparative income security.

When I say self-employed I’m not talking about rich entrepreneurs or big private businesses here. I’m talking about the millions of small business people, consultants, office cleaners, electricians, plumbers, and the like. Many are family businesses, such as bakers, transport companies, taxi drivers and shop keepers. They include self-employed barbers and hairdressers. Dog trainers and market stall holders. They are certainly not rich! But they are the backbone of Britain. These are people who do not get automatic holiday pay, sick pay, or guaranteed pensions. At the moment many are on the breadline. It’s not good enough, and it’s about time the government did something more to help them.

Without these small and micro business people, entrepreneurs, and workers, any recovery, post pandemic, Will take longer, and indeed may not happen at all.

I always try to use my local shops and buy British where possible and would encourage everyone living in Britain to do the same. As I often say “we must use them, or we will lose them”.

The current pandemic will end and the world will get back to some semblance of normality but in the meantime many self employed people who form the backbone of Britain are suffering disproportionately.

If you would like to raise an issue which is concerning you please drop me an email

At stephen@feargroup.com and I will do my best to include it in future publications.

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