This noted journalist of the left reviews post WWII history, the co-opting of labor leaders, and the current dismantling of social democracy in Britain. He writes:
What is happening in Britain is the seizure of an opportunity to destroy the tenuous humanity of the modern state.He concludes with a call to action by all working people to fight back as they have been doing in France.
It is a coup, a “shock doctrine” as applied to Pinochet’s Chile in the 1970s and Boris Yeltsin’s Russia in the 1990s.
The BA workers, the firefighters, the council workers, the post office workers, the National Health Service workers, the London Underground staff, the teachers, the lecturers, the students can more than match the French if they are resolute and imaginative, forging, with the wider social justice movement — potentially the greatest popular resistance ever.