A pattern of praise without reward


The third consecutive month of terror, disasters and political caprice in England ends. In the wake of the Grenfell Tower catastrophe, stories of emergency personnel's heroism continue to trickle in, as does the government's praise for their courage and competence. With every calamity, speeches and articles rush to thank the emergency services. With each saved life, their value is accepted; their expertise declared indispensable. And yet, this is where the praise is capped. It does not guarantee job security after Brexit, nor does it translate to a pay rise.

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