Another day, another ritualistic attempt to denounce the unions as selfish and greedy. Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude claims that next weeks strikes could cost the economy £500 million and cause vaguely alluded to job losses.
Yes, the strikes will have an effect. If they didn't there wouldn't be any way to distinguish it from an ordinary working day. The fact that public minded civil servants are willing to take time out from the vital jobs they carry out every day should surely show the government the strength of feeling that people have about the current economic climate. Simply saying there is "no more money on the table." is no recipe for social harmony. Perhaps a more equitable distribution of cuts and public debate on their necessity would.