Saturday 18 June 2022

Ethical Advice Sought

What is so horribly wrong with steel tariffs? Services are all well and good. But you can't service nothing. The stuff itself has to come from somewhere. We once led the world in steel, without which a modern country simply cannot function. And not only in steel.

Not only did the decision to permit the extradition of Julian Assange come on the fiftieth anniversary of the Watergate break-in, but the Watergate Complex was owned by the Mineworkers' Pension Scheme, so that its ultimate Trustees included Arthur Scargill and Mick McGahey. That is only one example of the wealth and power that have been lost by communities that still have a thousand years' worth of their valuable natural resource beneath their feet.

And not only by those communities. The forthcoming strikes will be the deployment of the last weapon available to people who wished merely for the basic dignity that their rate of pay should keep pace with price inflation. They will deserve every support. We would all be a great deal more inconvenienced if they lost. At breaking these strikes, the Government plans to throw vast sums of money that is clearly there, and which ought therefore to be used to settle the disputes.

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