Union power may have made the country almost ungovernable in the 1970s, but never forget it also delivered increasing equality.
Oh, well, that's all right then. The miseries engengered by the Three Day Week and the Winter of Discontent were absolutely fine and dandy, because the unions were reducing inequality. Definitely a price worth paying, eh?
Oh, and the way that you could be blocked from jobs—or even sacked—because you weren't a member of the right union (let alone not being a member of any union)?—it was all in the noble pursuit of equality, my friends.
Except, of course, that the unions didn't reduce inequality at all.
Polly Toynbee: lying fucking moron.