MPs have spied a winning row over the RMT’s Christmas strike, but the broader issue of public sector unrest is not going away.
Foreign labour is an alternative to ministers facing up to how successive governments have gummed up domestic training and recruitment of medical staff.
There is a limit to what can fairly and sensibly be achieved by raising other taxes and cutting public spending – especially when it comes to pay.
Labour has allocated £1 million to give its Leader four extra staff for the next four years. It’s unclear what these staff will do.
Departmental budgets are being eroded as both construction costs and public sector pay demands start to spiral.
The case for restraint isn’t going to be popular, but we’ll all pay if the Government bows to the ‘summer of discontent’.
Research from the TaxPayers’ Alliance shows that 23,545 union officials in the public sector cost taxpayers nearly £100 million in facility time last year.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century Britain began to cede market share in industries such as coal mining, textiles, iron, steel, and shipbuilding.
Businesses and employees are only responding to monetary conditions set by the Bank of England, where the real responsibility lies.
“It would not be responsible opposition if I suggested yes to every strike,” the Shadow Foreign Secretary adds.
At PMQs, he demanded the Government meet with the RMT. But what would the current Shadow Cabinet do in such a meeting?
Agency workers and minimum service guarantees are a start. But there is more for Ministers to do.
The public will react very badly if they come to see the strikes as essentially political, but the Conservatives won’t want to appear unable to govern.
It needs to pull the help it has already provided into an account that shows the scale of the adjustment we are going through.
Voters aren’t used to a world of rising prices and interest rates, and their hearts and minds are up for grabs.