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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

It is Ed Miliband who is mistaken over public sector strikes

This article of mine appears over at the Guardian's Comment is Free website:

Neil Clark: In attempting to appear 'moderate' by calling industrial action 'a mistake' at TUC, Miliband has misread the public mood.

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness, wrote the philosopher Bertrand Russell. Caution in politics can be pretty damn fatal too.

We saw a classic example of this phenomenon with Ed Miliband's failure to support public sector strike action at this week's TUC conference. The Labour leader believes this summer's strikes by teachers and civil servants were a "mistake" and the further action announced by unions on Wednesday should not take place while negotiations are ongoing. Sorry, Ed, but the mistake is yours.

You can read the whole article here.


K Naylor said...

Is it just me or does Milibland sound more and more like Tony Blair every time this new talking head emits his robotic soundbites?

Neil Clark said...

Hi Karl,
That politics in the neoliberal era for you- the political elite not only have very similar policies, they talk the same way too.

Brambo said...

Like Phoney Tony, the Miliclone melted Aardman Animation is yet another 'rainbow socialist': red on the outside and blue on the inside.

jack said...

@Neil Clark

Will you be doing a piece on the latest assault on Serbs in Kosovo?

As far as I can tell RT is the only news station to cover it or at least with a non anti-Serb bias.

Douglas said...

Are public sector unions in the UK devoted to any particular party? The reason I ask is because public sector unions in the US are overwhelmingly Democratic, and overwhelmingly in favor of the expansion of government and government spending. The former Governor of my state of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, wrote an editorial in the Wall Street Journal about public sector unions