The Size of The Turkey Army
Almost a quarter of all workers are employed in the public sector - far more than admitted to by Gordon Brown. A third of women claimed to work for the state, compared to 15.6 per cent of men.
Almost seven million people say that they work for the state - 900,000 more than when Labour came to power a decade ago, according to a poll accompanying the respected Office for National Statistics' Labour Force Survey.
By contrast, the measure favoured by the Chancellor - called Public Sector Employment - says that there are now 5.8 million state workers, up from 5.1 million in 1997.
This measure, however, excludes hundreds of thousands of workers, including family doctors, NHS contractors and university lecturers, who are counted in different categories than public sector workers.
And then there are the millions who depend on Government largesse for their jobs, and are under the State's thumb as surely as if they worked for it - farmers for instance...