Why do the Council taxpayers of Stoke-on-Trent pay for the salaries of 7 full-time trades union activists, at an annual cost of £286,860 a year? This is at a time when arts groups in the city have seen their Council funding cut by a combined total of £33,445 a year since 2008/9, and when entrance charges to the city’s main museum and art gallery are been proposed for a July introduction.

You could even see this as a form of disguised taxpayer subsidy of the Labour Party, since the Unions are thereby able to give a far larger donation to the Party than they would if the unions had to fund their own activists.