Diamond Dog wrote:Positive passion wrote:Suggestions abound that NHS workers could be banned from striking. Presumably they should be satisfied with a clap on Thursday nights.
Get ready to join the barricades.
Furthermore, I consider that we need a general election.
The question I always ask with the 'banned from striking' thing is... how is it enforced? If everyone goes out, they can't sack everyone, can they? They're not in a position where they can sack anyone, let alone everyone.
It's all empty threats. Or, if not, it is impotent and will fail spectacularly.
Broadly I agree with you with one caveat.
Your point (they can't sack everyone) is right only if you want the NHS (or any other provision for the public, like trains or gas and electricity) to exist. But these are the Tories we are talking about.
They don't really mind destroying everything, as they and their mates will be alright. Trains? I'll drive, or fly. Gas? I use elecicity, andI have my own oil powered generator. NHS? I go private.
If doctors and nurses don't want to work for the NHS (which is how they see it) because the pay is too low, so what? Yes, sack them all. Those same doctors and nurses can get jobs at BUPA or some other private provider. The only people who will suffer are those who don't have private healthcare through their work and who can't afford it otherwise. The majority of workers in the private sector do get private health insurance, so how big is this electoral liability? They only need about 40% of the total vote, probably less. And even if they lose, so what? Labour would not be able to rebuild a shattered NHS (they will be hard pressed to do it even now) unless they are in power for 40 years, and that is highly unlikely - the forces of conservatism are very strong in the UK
They really don't give a shit - look at this stuff today about withdrawing from the ECHR so you can treat asylum seekers badly.