Blinkers and brinkmanship
WHEN immovable objects encounter irresistible forces, progress is an unlikely outcome. The current stand-off between the Government and the unions is a case in point. There is merit on both sides and each have argued their positions coherently.
In the public service there is understandable resentment: the sector has borne the brunt of biting cuts, and has been scapegoated and stereotyped unfairly in some quarters.
When it suited ministers to pack the sector with staff and to ramp up wages irresponsibly for short-term electoral gain, they did so with abandon.