Dear Editor,

I personally don't buy the assertion that spouses of MPs work just as hard as their husbands. It's simply not true if you look at their contributions to the government or the public sector as compared to the public servants who have to sweat their guts out for ten years or so before being entitled to long service benefits.

Spouses do work hard, maybe, in the private sector but that shouldn't be a justification or basis for their entitlement to terminal grants.

That, as Alfred Sasako argued, could be long overdue but as a responsible Commission (PEC) or government for that matter, can SI afford to tread along this path especially in this economic turbulent times?