Here's a little snippet of Christmas Cheer. Drivers for the London Underground are planning to go on strike on Boxing Day. The reason? They want triple time for working. Triple time! That would take their pay from £165 to £495. Behind this move is the enigmatic Bob Crowe. Every generation throws up a Bob Crowe. If ever there was an egoist on the make it was Crowe. They are all the same, apart from the ones who are genuine agents of Russia. Crowe supports vandalism and is a foul mouthed yob. Of course, in being such an egregious shit he appeals to the olchocracy; the dimwits who will follow anybody who can string a few bits of fighting talk together. Crowe has an ideological opposition to Capitalism. He cannot be reasoned with because he is not concerned with simple issues of workers pay and conditions, he wants to overthrow the Government.
In the end, he will fail, just as the Arthur Scargills, Jack Joneses, Red Robbos and Derek Hattons of this world have failed. But in doing so Crowe will have set back industry and industrial relations to a new low. Capitalism may be flawed, but at its heart is democracy - people choose which services and products they use and nobody can force them to do otherwise. Bob Crowe is doing very nicely on his £125,000 a year salary and generous benefits package. In ten years he will be selling timeshares in Marbella with the rest of the hucksters.