The British Conservative Party leader has said, "The spendaholic Labour party has to be replaced with the Party of Thrift". I say the spendaholic People's Party has to be replaced with some Party of Thrift. Around the world, US private sector has shed 742,000 jobs. All over the world, companies and governments are shedding jobs to revive their economies. But Pakistan is merrily re-employing workers laid off many years ago in their thousands, with retrospective benefits, without any consideration as to whether or not any jobs exist. This is featherbedding of the worst kind. Why? Because the voters have to kept happy? PPP is protecting its vote bank at the cost of the nation. -KHURSHID ANWER, Lahore, via e-mail, April 28.