Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Flying Fred's Kite

Many readers are far too young to remember the classic 1960's Boulting Brothers film: "I'm Alright Jack' , starring Peter Sellers as the pugnacious, slogan quoting Shop Steward, 'Fred Kite.'

Today's Congress, I think proved that Fred still lives, at least in spirit as the Trades Union movement wallows in such as perilous state of denial that yesterday, even the Leader of the Labour Party was heckled when he attempted to level with delegates over the link between a struggling economy and public-sector pensions.

I noticed that the NUT and others have it firmly fixed in their minds that there is no public sector pensions crisis, a problem which is only too familiar to local councillors of all parties, who, like me, have had the simple mathematics explained to them in briefings. While Cabinet Minister Francis Maude points out the necessary steps that Government must take to avoid following Greece, Ireland and Italy down the pan, nobody seems prepared to listen.

Perhaps standing with one's eyes closed, one's fingers in one's ears and shouting 'La La La' loudly, is enough to avoid the negotiation and common sense required of the movement during the worst financial crisis since the end of the Second World War.

Anyway, I'll leave you with Fred Kite, who if he were alive today, might have been deeply shocked to learn how much Trade Union bosses are paid these days; with free housing and pension rights thrown-in for good measure.



1 comment:

Nora Batty said...

Puts me in mind of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. We are hurtling at full speed into a crisis that only strict measures NOW can serve to lessen the blow in the future. We have no choice, we suffer a little now or a lot later. However, I feel the people will follow if the politicians took the lead and our MP's volunteered a 10% pay cut. What are the chances of that ? Many of our 'Leaders' are millionaires, and how much they would gain in respect - something that has plummeted since the scandal of expenses.