The Journal 17 August 2009 front page headline
Thought MPs were well paid? There are 494 people who have higher salaries in the North east - and YOU are picking up the bill.
There are 97 employees of Durham County Council earning more than £63,291 a year, costing the charge payers £8,284,843 - that's an average of £85,410 each.
18 employees of Durham Police earn £1,436,408 or £79,800 each.
Durham County Council claims that it has had a big reduction in higher earners since it started reorganising.
So why was the gravy train allowed to chug along the tracks for solong?