Opinion Analysis

Tuesday 24 October 2017

James Downey: Feeble attempts at reform will not help us win battle

James Downey

James Downey

DAVID Cameron won his battle with the British public sector unions on Wednesday with much greater ease than Margaret Thatcher enjoyed when she smashed the miners in the 1980s. There are enormous differences between the two events, but also one important similarity.

First, Wednesday was a one-day protest, not a long, drawn-out war. Secondly, the violent confrontations that marked the miners' strike were absent.

Thirdly, Mr Cameron and his ministers, for the most part, put on a credible show of reason and moderation, whereas Ms Thatcher had a habit of viewing any challenge to herself as a threat to destroy society.

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