The treatment of the Teaching Assistants has provided a focus for what has become in recent years the mounting anger with the everlasting, right-wing-if-anything Labour Leadership of Durham County Council.
But that authority has always been surrounded by a certain aura.
Or, at any rate, it has been since at least the 1960s.
In the present climate, if so much as one Labour candidate were elected to Durham County Council this May, then that would prove nothing, absolutely nothing, other than the corruption of the Returning Officer.
And it would prove that corruption beyond any reasonable doubt.