Fewer or less?

An example of the use of fewer or less that makes an appreciable difference to the meaning of a sentence. From 7 Day Sunday on Radio Five Live:

Sarah Millican: “It was revealed this week that the Prime Minister is paid less than 170 civil servants…”

Chris Addison: “What? David Cameron is paid in civil servants?!”

Sarah Millican: “No. If he was then it would have been ‘fewer’. That’s why grammar is important.”

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