Originally posted on Shiraz Socialist:

“When he lost it, he lost the ground on which he lived and moved and had his being” –  from Robin Page Arnot’s epitaph to A.J. Cook

On the TUC demo in Brum today. much of the informal discussion was about Scargill’s High Court dispute with the NUM over the ‘grace and favour’ flat he claims is his by right. Several good, veteran trade unionists were clearly shocked by Scargill’s bare-faced avarice, as well as his bizarre and embarrassing appearance on Channel 4 (http://www.channel4.com/news/scargills-silence-over-expenses-case) when confronted by reporter Katie Razzall last Thursday.

Judging by that performance, Scargill has lost it. Which is probably the most charitable explanation that can be given.

Scargill’s determination to hang on to the million-pound Barbican flat, which is costing the cash-strapped NUM (with fewer than 2,000 members, a shadow of its former self) £34,000 per year, is simply inexcusable. Especially as he appears to want to bequeath it, on…

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