In Britain, The Summer of Discontent Is Well and Truly Upon Us

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readJun 28, 2022

And it may be the best thing yet.

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It was Mick Lynch who got the party started.

It was he who clearly marshalled his arguments with statistics, facts and a razor sharp wit, which caught the mood of the British people.

As expected, the knives were out for our protagonist, with antiquated labels such as ‘Marxist’ being thrown around to demonize him.

But Lynch adroitly made the right wing media look very stupid, and unsurprisingly, other trade union movements have taken their cue from him and are starting to make their voices powerfully heard.

Yesterday, it was the turn of the socialist lawyers to join the picket line.

Before now, I had no idea of how much trainee barristers earned in the United Kingdom.

I am deeply ashamed to say that I earned so much more as a teenage McDonald’s manager, a quarter of a century ago (£25,000), than trainee lawyers (£19,000) do in 2022.

We must appreciate the fact that renting in London was much cheaper back then compared to the explosive rent costs that we have today.

We also can’t forget that the lost decade of cuts to legal aid have left trainee barristers staring into the abyss, financially and economically.

And yet somewhat paradoxically, in that lost decade, we have seen one of the greatest wealth transfers in British history take place.

First it was quantitative easing (QE) under Gordon Brown’s premiership in 2009, which great numbers of investment banks took full advantage of in order to shore up their positions.

By the time the Conservatives came into power in 2010, harsh austerity policies were implemented across board, which immiserated vast numbers of Brits with the wealthiest consolidating their position at the top of the pyramid.

But the knock out blow for almost everyone has been Brexit.

Britain has truly disintegrated since our exit from the EU was confirmed.

The consequences of Brexit has been felt not by the corrupt politicians and their oligarch paymasters, but by those whose food and energy bills have skyrocketed…

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Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible