Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Emlyn Hooson proposed something far more draconian that Vince

Now there has a been a lot of fuss about Vince Cables Speech about strikes. As Jonathan Calder makes clear the key passage of his speech is not tirade of mindless Union bashing:

We are undoubtedly entering into 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. In fact, until March this year the number of days lost through strikes was lower than at any time since 1931. And of course the right to strike is a fundamental principle. On that basis, and assuming this pattern continues, the case for changing strike law is not a compelling one.

However, should the position change, and should strikes impose serious damage to our economic and social fabric, the pressure on us to act will ratchet up. That is something which both you, and certainly I, would wish to avoid.

Frankly it is pretty unexceptionable 

Now I do remember a time when a Liberal MP did float far more provocatively the notion of curbs on strikes. He did so  just prior to a Party Assembly. I recall  this just to illustrate that things have moved on and that the 'old days' were not somehow always better. 

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