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It’s been a good month for public servants from a bygone era.

The sacrifices made by Bevan Boys (conscripted miners in World War Two) were praised by the Duchess of Wessex this month.

Meanwhile in Staffordshire, a Labour MP is fundraising for a memorial to the Swynnerton Roses, the women who staffed our munitions factories.

But in honouring the hardships of the past, we can overlook those who give their all today.

Teachers and nurses are often scapegoated in political rhetoric, just as Bevan Boys were cast as draft dodgers in the past.

Isn’t it time hard-working NHS and school staff were given a discount card for public transport, just the same as the HM Forces card?