The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.
David Nicholson, the head of the NHS, claims an annual £37,600 allowance for working away from home - yet he was already working and living in London when he took the job three years ago, so did not have to relocate. Nicholson was head of NHS London, and had a flat in the centre of the city, when he was moved to his highly paid London-based post in charge of the National Health Service in 2006.
According to the Department of Health resource accounts for 2007-8, he received the second-home perk on top of his £215,000 salary.
Nicholson, who was a member of the Communist party in his early years as a health official, has told parliament that he intends to “squeeze the pay bill in the NHS”.
I hope he doesn't slip on an icy pavement anytime soon and have to be treated by a nurse who was awarded a 1.5% pay increase....