Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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On every single occasion, because of their bigoted obstinacy, they have rejected it. In 1921, when the state of Northern Ireland was created after the Anglo-Irish treaty, the unionists could have created a non-sectarian constitution. Instead, their leader Sir

IF there is one overriding purpose of a trade union, one might imagine that it is to stand up for the right to work. But not as far as the Transport and General Workers' Union is concerned. It has called on the government to ban the employment on a farm of anyone below the age of 16.

Farmers' children would no longer be allowed to help their fathers round up the sheep, and teenagers would no longer be allowed to seek holiday employment picking fruit. According to the union, it is sad but necessary because of a report by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealing that 44 children have been killed on farms over the past ten years.

Concerning though the figures are, closer inspection shows that they do not relate specifically to children who were working at the time of their -death: in fact, half of them were under five, which makes it highly unlikely that they were working. …

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