Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Every Little Helps

The Tesco sisters, as they mostly are, have the advantage that theirs is a proper trade union campaign. So there will be none of the antics of the pillocks at the BBC, who thought that the solution was to cut the pay of some workers rather than to increase the pay of others. (That assumes the existence of a problem at the BBC, but even so.)

The Tesco brothers, as they mostly are, are not overpaid. Rather, the Tesco sisters, as they mostly are, are underpaid. The solution is not, as it never is, levelling down. The solution is, as it always is, levelling up.

The members of Durham County Council are mostly male, and each of them is on at least a basic allowance of £13,300, the highest in England, for no formal requirement beyond attendance at four meetings per year.

On less than that, for full-time work with children, are the 472 Teaching Assistants whose pay they have cut by 23 per cent, and who are overwhelmingly female. In the hung Parliament that is by far the most likely outcome of the next General Election, the non-negotiable price of my support for any Government would include justice for the 472.

Although I am generally supportive of Jeremy Corbyn, I am profoundly disappointed at his failure to exercise in relation to Labour’s Durham County Council and its Teaching Assistants the influence that he has exercised in relation to Labour’s Haringey Borough Council and its scheme for mass social and ethnic cleansing. Had he done as much in this case as I am very glad that he has done in that one, then the Teaching Assistants would already have won.

Stand with them. Stand with me.

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