"So, by your reckoning the Secretary of State for defence - a person who makes billion pound decisions on a regular basis,and decisions about how our armed forces should be equipped and deployed should be paid the same as a colonel of a regiment?"
No, I did not specify in that detail for ministers, more for MP's. Perhaps the Secretary of State for Defence should be paid in line with the head of the Army - a bit outdated but last I looked the ministerial salary including MP's pay was about £145,500 and the Head of the Army about £165 - 170000. I think that is fair - he would earn less than some Civil Servants, but there you go. Clearly more detail is needed for junior ministers etc, but I am sure a link can be made. Many Civil servants (maybe wrongly) are paid more than their boss , the prime minister, so I see no problem.