Tuesday, 27 March 2018

On Commission

Better late than never, Sajid Javid has sent in the Commissioners to take over the running of Northamptonshire County Council. Now for Kensington and Chelsea. And now for Durham.

Yesterday was the nineteenth anniversary of the culmination of the fight, led by the Durham Miners' Association, to secure two billion pounds of compensation for the victims of lung diseases. It was the biggest industrial injuries settlement in British legal history.

By the twentieth anniversary, there needs to be justice for the victims of Grenfell Tower, and there needs to be justice for the 472 Teaching Assistants whose pay Durham County Council has cut by 23 per cent, so that they are now paid less for full-time work with children than Durham County Councillors are allowed for no formal requirement beyond attendance at four meetings per year.

Over, then, to the Durham Miners' Association. After the forthcoming local elections, we might very well see the Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council on the platform of this year's Durham Miners' Gala. But we trust that we shall not again have to endure the obscene spectacle of Simon Henig.

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