Brendan Barber is deluded.
He thinks that the coalition government’s austerity plans are “insulting claptrap”. Barber should know a thing or two about claptrap – This is the man who thinks unfettered internet access should be a right for everyone with a job. Sure Brendan, let’s have a workforce spending half its working day on Facebook.
I’ve got news for Mr Barber and his friends – Britain became a dark, brutish and more frightening place under a “government” that he, his organisation and its members supported. Need I remind you that the Labour “government” – supported by funds from trade unions – was responsible for planning and partially implementing a surveillance state like none that has been seen before? The Labour “government” seemed to take Orwell’s 1984 as an instruction manual.
Again we are faced with the threat of a winter of discontent. Dinosaurs like Crowsaurus and Serwotkadon continue to spew their outdated left wing manifestos and are now demanding civil disobedience. That is insulting claptrap Mr Barber.
Haven’t Crowsaurus, Serwotkadon, Barber and their ilk learned from history? Last time the unions behaved like thuggish bullies they were brought to book. Deservedly so. Are we heading down the same path again?
Strikes achieve nothing beyond inconvenience. The strikers won’t get paid for striking. People like Crow, Serwotka and Barber will still get their hefty pay packet though. Inconveniencing people is not the way to gain support. Neither is stubborn pig-headedness and a refusal to negotiate sensibly.
This country is in the financial mire because of the irresponsible spending of the Labour “government”. The trade unions need to accept their responsibility in all of this – after all, their money supported Labour. They need to wake up, see the situation we are in and be part of a constructive way of sorting the mess out.
But then again, constructive trade unions is as big an oxymoron as there could possibly be. Crow’s behaviour is all the proof you could ever need.
My message to Crowsaurus, Serwotkadon and the other trade union dinosaurs is simple: stop being part of the problem and become part of the solution.
If you can be.