The scorched earth policies pursued by the dying Labour regime have been prophesied widely, notably by Capitalists@Work. As Brown looks about himself, satisfied with no growth, oppressive public and private debt, high inflation, high levels of worklessness, growing inequality, and falling living standards to greet the incoming government, we would be foolish to think that his baleful glare will be turned away by the general election.
The last time a Labour government produced the state we are in the experience precipitated strikes across the board, but particularly among public sector employees. Bert Turner's answer to his question Is Britain Really Strike Prone? was shown to be wrong. Yes it is.
A respectable argument could, and was, made that in comparison with other countries the British strike record was slightly better. Except that what Britain was prone to was striking for highly political purposes as well. It is the motivation for strike action and other, lower orders of disruption, that caused the proposals, both Labour - In Place of Strife, and Conservative - A Fair deal at Work, caused the soul-searching on what was going wrong so markedly in Britain. Quite simply, when it was recognised that the UK electorate was never again going to vote the openly socialist into power given the experienced success of one nation Conservatism, the long marchers first base camp was in the trade unions.
The new government will not be faced just with the socioeconomic deadlands created by Brown in his defeat. We must fear that it will face an active, malignant continuance of the Struggle from the socialist institutional heartlands of unionised public sector beneficiaries.
Last time, they struck too soon and struck at the Labour government, bringing it down. This time they are waiting and preparing for the necessary misery (so clearly set out by the Governor of the Bank of England yesterday) to provide the grounds and the rhetoric for further scorching.
Patten, the last life peer to Chair the BBC
5 hours ago