'The prime minister has come a long way since the 'scars on my back speech'.
I am heartened by his outspoken praise of public service front line staff.
much needed boost after a week in which they have been used as a political
football by the Tory party.
'It is timely that the prime minister has seen the sense of what we have
been saying for years that you cannot denigrate public service workers and
get a world class service.
'Unison members have held together our public services over the past two
decades through the most difficult times because they believed in them. And
they, too, believe they are worth saving.
'I hope the fact that he has downplayed the role of the private sector,
which is more concerned with profit than service, means the love affair is
over. Always talking of bringing in the private sector to fix things,
lowers morale just as much as constant criticism. The prime minister knows
that the skills and expertise are there in the public sector if only they
had the resources to deliver.
'Now we want to see those words translated into action by his secretaries of
state. An end to gambling on the private sector and real investment, real
reform to get the sort of public services we want.'