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Revolting Bastards

October 16, 2010

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has intervened against the Treasury to quell a military ‘revolt’ over cuts to the defence budget. Army chiefs had described the proposed 10% cuts as a ‘betrayal’ and referred to the negotiations as a ‘bloody night’, after which it seems the Ministry of Defence will now face a reduction of less that 10%.

All of which has got me thinking: can we look forward to the PM’s personal intervention when disputes arise with trades unions over the cuts? And how much more angry would the MoD chiefs have been had they been facing cuts of say 79%, as higher education is in its teaching budget?

We will never know the answer to the latter question. The MoD were never going to get slaughtered by the cuts because if there is one thing that you don’t do, its fuck with the guys that have all the guns. This confirms me in my opinion that every trades union should have a militia, the presence of which would, I am sure, focus the minds of all employers upon the importance of meaningful negotiations if and when a dispute should arise with their workers.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2010 2:07 pm

    Sounds like we can expect to see the Rab Guards on campus shortly 😉

    On a serious note, the question of what we can expect from the trade unions becomes ever more pressing. Not very much I fear.

  2. October 17, 2010 11:09 am

    You never know! The comrades might surprise us yet! Though the Association of University Teachers has resolved that industrial action at a time of hardship for the nation would be inappropriate. So, alas Rab, 80% cuts or no, we can’t be staging irresponsible strikes now can we?

    It’s interesting to see that the media are reading the government’s handling of announcements on cuts in child benefit, higher education and defence as somewhat incompetent, a sign of the internal turmoil to come when it tells us the full scale of cuts on Wednesday. But I don’t know. I’ve got a feeling that it was a deliberate PR tactic – testing grass roots reaction ahead of the main announcement and then making adjustments accordingly. Much easier to do than keeping it under wraps until announcing them in parliament on Wednesday.

    Anyway the day of reckoning beckons comrades….are we ready?

  3. October 17, 2010 2:40 pm

    Part of the reason I doubt the unions will prove up to much is because I don’t think their members necessarily have the stomach for the fight either.

    I think you’re right about a lot of flag-flying going on.

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