TODAY IS the start of a week not seen since the worst winter of discontent in 1979.
Much of the country may shrug at the prospect of another rail or postal strike.
It’s another opportunity to work from home and avoid the cold outside.
And who cares if Grandma doesn’t get her Christmas card this year?
But what if grandma has a fall this week and needs urgent surgery?
Very soon the reality of striking nurses and ambulance drivers will sink in.
Nursing leader Pat Cullen already appears to be wavering in her resolve to ignore unaffordable wage demands of up to 19 percent.
Ordinary workers don’t get that in the private sector, so the government has to be persistent to prevent inflation from eating away at all of our finances.
No doubt there are good people in hospitals and on the railroad just waiting for better wages.
But they are led by the likes of Putin-supporting RMT boss Eddie Dempsey, who justifies drug trafficking and welfare fraud.
At a time of national crisis, the unions are behaving no better than the crazies at Just Stop Oil.
The government must not give in.
And should ban these crippling and dangerous strikes as soon as possible.
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WHILE ordinary Britons struggle to get to work to pay the bills, a cash-strapped government is still chillingly happy to squander billions on bright projects.
More than 10,000 equality and diversity jobs alone cost it a staggering £557million a year.
Incredibly, a further £203million in government money was given to charities who spent it fighting Rwanda’s illegal migrant scheme.
At a time when household budgets are running out, it’s depressing to see our money being wasted so easily.
Any official tempted to attend African drum sessions should buy their own bongos instead.
And spend public money on the public.
NOT since Alf Ramsey has had a manager who transformed England’s fortunes like Gareth Southgate.
He has to stay boss.
Meanwhile, Harry Kane is undeniably an England star of all time and perhaps our all-time greatest striker.
No one will feel the pain of Saturday night’s failure more than our lion-hearted skipper.
Together, Southgate and Kane, the leaders of such a delightfully young and talented England team, must dust themselves off, get their heads up and move on.
Because their time will surely come at Euro 2024 in Germany.
Not least because there will be no shady Brazilian referees.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6893508/nhs-staff-going-strike-innocent-brits-will-suffer/ The government must not give in to these crippling and dangerous strikes and ban them