Iain Duncan Smith and his pet liberadoodle Vince Cable have today stated that it is an 'anomaly' that all civil servants receive a salary when some could afford to do without.
NHS workers are being urged to demonstrate that they really are in the 'caring profession' by donating some or all of their salary back to the state. "Imagine all the kidney machines we could buy with that", said a government spokesman, who wished to remain anonymous but gave his job as 'Chancellor'.
IDS agreed and suggested that Ministry of Defence civil servants are likely to complain, "but we know they really come to work just to read secrets, or because they hanker after firing guns like they did in their old jobs when they were allowed to wear silly hats. The MoD is really just a big retirement home for ex-Forces types who want to hob nob with their old chums and talk about blowing things up all day. Pay is a bonus really."
Treasury workers are anticipated to be in favour of handing back money, as they must be sick of looking at the wretched stuff all day. Teachers may even be asked to pay a small additional charge for the privilege of sitting in warm classrooms, just to hear the laughter of children.
Members of public sector unions have reacted with disbelief, and are said to be 'a tad miffed' at IDS suggestion that those who opt into the new scheme early will be eligible for winter fuel payments and free bus passes, providing enough wealthy pensioners give theirs up. Meanwhile, opinions are undivided that Vince Cable can just "Do one."
MPs and government back-benchers are set to be exempt from the proposed scheme due to hardship experienced by many since they had to stop diddling their expenses.