UNION boss Mick Lynch flushed when he was mocked by Richard Ayoade for bringing the country to a standstill.
The general secretary of the RMT Union, 60, appeared as a panelist on the BBC show Have I Got News For You last night – just a week before strikes will bring the country to a standstill.
In a segment on the Queen’s funeral, presenter Ayoade, 45, asked participants why the number of Brits traveling to London was not as high as initially thought.
Roisin Conaty, 43, claimed it was because of the “internet” and people “watching it on TV”.
Lynch, who was forced to deny claims earlier this year that he was being paid over £120,000 a year, was then mocked by Ayoade, who joked: “On previous occasions people have traveled to London from all parts of the country but it’s a lot harder to travel these days, isn’t it?”
The strike chief remained silent, shifting uncomfortably in his chair as the audience laughed.
Lynch did not respond to the pointed comment.
Rail strikes next weekend will cripple rail networks across the country, with Network Rail claiming only 11% of trains will run.
Drivers from the ASLEF union and signalers and guards from the RMT will disembark on October 1st, 5th and 8th.
Train companies have warned Brits not to travel, adding that most stations will not offer any services at all.
Industry body Rail Delivery Group has blasted Lynch for claiming the strikes are “unnecessary and harmful” – and disrupting major events like the London Marathon.
The strikes are due to coincide with the opening and closing days of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham.
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