Thursday, September 20, 2007

Polly's big strong unions

Last week, Polly was really reaching as she tried to persuade us that the unions were splendid. Alas, it all rings slightly hollow.
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.


chris said...

Crime reached its all time low in the first decade of the twentieth century, a time with an awful lot of inequality (I would love to get hold of the numbers). Inequality bottomed out in the 70's, when the crime rates where growing strongly and would continue to grow until 1995.

If Bill Gates and Warren Buffet walk into a room the level of inequality in that room will increase. This would have no effect on anybody else's life, nobody would get any poorer.

Unless you count the unhappiness the grasping socialists caused by their jealousy and greed for Bill's money.

Roger Thornhill said...

Of course the Unions reduced inequality - almost all of us had to suffer their anarchy.

I remember the blackouts and the Winter of Discontent.

We will have another problem if we have the good fortune to begin to break up the NHS monopoly, for the Unions love monopolies, because it can threaten the entire country. Nobody has that right.

Oh yeah? So what has happened for the last ten years, exactly?

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