Tuesday 28 February 2017

Talking is always better than the strike weapon

Editorial

Editorial

A woman walks past a pavement piled high with rubbish due to a refuse collector's strike, Shepherd Street, Central London, during the 'Winter of Discontent'.
A woman walks past a pavement piled high with rubbish due to a refuse collector's strike, Shepherd Street, Central London, during the 'Winter of Discontent'.

You know we are going backwards when a term coined in 1978 gains renewed currency. The phrase 'Winter of Discontent' was born out of the notorious breakdown in relations between government and unions in Britain between 1978 and 1979.

As services seized up, empathy turned to anger and it was out of this molten fury that Margaret Thatcher fashioned herself into the 'Iron Lady'.

Once again, tempers are frayed as the public is left on the footpath shaking its fist as the crowded buses speed by.

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