So are we about to enter a period of industrial unrest? Are our streets going to be filled with chanting workers demanding Dave’s head? There are obviously some concerned folk sitting round the Cabinet table. But are they right to be worried? They could be.
It takes a lot to get Brits off their backsides and onto the streets. Anger and frustration takes time to build, but when it does and it comes to a head, all hell breaks loose.
It’s amazing that people have not already been on the march to protest at the behavior of the criminal banksters or Osborne’s savage cuts. But not so amazing when you realize that the effect of their combined folly is only just starting to be felt. By the time the Olympics hits London though, there’s every chance people will be well angry – and this is why Vince fired the first shot on Monday.
Word has got out union bosses are salivating at the thought of what they could get out of a threat of a strike over the Olympics fortnight. The Olympics is serious leverage – as those glum faces round the Cabinet table have obviously recognised. Boris is convinced Comrade Crow is cooking up another feeble excuse for a tube strike – which is why he’s twitched and demanding Dave change the rules so that a strike is only valid if the turnout is greater than 50%.
Enter the redoubtable St Vince.
“We are undoubtedly entering a difficult period. Cool heads will be required all round. Despite occasional blips, I know that strike levels remain historically low, especially in the private sector. On that basis, and assuming this pattern continues, the case for changing strike law is not compelling.”
“However, should the position change, and should strikes impose serious damage to our economic and social fabric, the pressure on us to act would ratchet up. That is something which both you, and certainly I, would wish to avoid.”
The scene is set. At the first sniff of a strike over the Olympics and St Vince will be called upon to do his stuff. There will be fireworks at the Olympics, but maybe elsewhere too.