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.