Royal Wedding strike scare: refuse to know your place!

Submitted by Matthew on 12 January, 2011 - 2:44

The tabloid press is outraged at the possibility that there might be some strikes at the same time as the Royal Wedding in April.

Both the Evening Standard and Daily Mail have run stories about strikers “targeting” the wedding. The substance is that ongoing disputes involving drivers on the London Underground (members of ASLEF) and British Airways cabin crew (members of Unite) may be balloting around that time. But the underlying political message is clear: “know your place.” We should be deferential forelock-tuggers who should be thankful for the opportunity to marvel at the opulent wealth of our betters, not mar their celebrations with selfish demands for better lives for ourselves! How dare we?

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