No Goldilocks moment as Government veers from appeasement to confrontation with unions
By Tim Montgomerie
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"On Wednesday, TUC leaders will call on their members to bring Britain to a halt.
Among those Union leaders are people who fight hard for their members and whom I respect.
But there are also hardliners, militants itching for a fight.
They want families to be inconvenienced.
They want mothers to give up a day's work, or pay for expensive childcare, because schools will be closed.
They want teachers and other public sector workers to lose a day's pay in the run-up to Christmas.
They want scenes of industrial strife on our TV screens; they want to make economic recovery harder; they want to provide a platform for confrontation just when we all need to pull together."
In his article for The Sun last week I think the PM got the tone right. I'm not sure Michael Gove has done so today. His rhetoric will, I guess, be loved by many readers of this site but the shift in rhetorical gear seems a bit grating to me. Although the public is opposed to strike action they also blame the government for mishandling negotiations (by 59% to 23%). Ministers need to tread carefully. This isn't 1985 and teachers and dinner ladies are not mineworkers and train drivers.