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The Tube Strike made me slightly late to work. Therefore the right to strike should be abolished.
Nah, not really. I cycled. But this appears to be the tone of the comments I’ve seen today. Twitter and the guardian.co.uk strike liveblog have both been stuffed with me-me-me tales of mild inconvenience and anti-union rage.
This has been encouraged by the press’ standard strike narrative: these selfish bastards are striking, this is bad, and it will affect you in this awful unacceptable way of maybe making you slightly late for work. The reasons behind the strike are barely mentioned, if at all. The framing of the debate has shifted.
I feel the media’s approach (which begins right from when a strike is first mooted) – reinforced and multiplied by the self-absorbed nature of blogging and social media – is part of a process that seems to be delegitimising the right to protest.
And in such an environment, it’s barely surprising that our Tory mayor talks about wanting to suspend the right to strike if less than 50% of union members vote. Adam Bienkov points out the hypocricy of this position far more succinctly than I can.
And what does Red Ed have to say about all of this? Nothing. He won’t comment on the strike because he’s scared the press will call him a communist.
How did we get to this position? It’s insane. I need a cup of tea.