The predictable Tory snobbery that greeted the decision to award Hull city of culture in 2017 is no surprise.
Hull has long been suffering the Tory attacks on jobs and welfare. Poverty has reached 30 percent of the population. Tens of thousands of jobs have been lost since 2008 and there is no sign of recovery here.
Most people welcome the decision, but want to see decent jobs and services not Mcjobs. The city of culture is dominated by a business agenda and a lot of froth about how good it will be.
The Labour council is being advised by Peter Mandleson and Michael Heseltine. It plans to sack the entire workforce and reemploy them on much worse conditions.
Fortunately council unions are now planning to ballot for strikes. Lets hope this continues a long culture of resistance in Hull—one that includes the English Civil war, anti slavery and the Great Unrest of 1910-14.