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Dec. 14th, 2009 | 10:59 pm

After the announcement that BA cabin crews were going to go on strike over Christmas, Radio 4 has gone swiftly into Establishment Overdrive. First of all there was a long interview with somebody from the pilots' union - the one that didn't go on strike, you know, the _good_ union - who spent a long time saying how disappointed he was that the cabin crews would be ruining everyone's Christmas.

Then there have been news bulletins all day that introduced the issue with "Millions of Britons' holiday plans will be disrupted this year by the decision by BA cabin staff to go on strike...". Just now, for instance, there were just two points made in the news piece: one, that BA cabin staff had voted overwhelmingly to go on strike, and two, that this would spoil the holidays of millions of people. Next item.

Eddie Meyer on PM this afternoon was so utterly over the top I was amazed he could keep from laughing. He had, I think, Len McCluskey from the union on (not anyone from BA obviously) and was saying "cabin crews, they earn a lot don't they? don't you know there's a recession on? so where are you going on holiday then, and why do you want to ruin everyone else's Christmas?" etc etc. At the end McCluskey - if that was he - was taking the piss and saying "I'm spending the whole of Christmas sitting by the phone in case BA management want to try to sort this out" and that sort of thing. And that was the end of it. Next item.

All day I have been expecting an illustration of how the dead will go unburied because people won't be able to ship back the bodies of people dying abroad, all due to selfish union bastards.



I find it interesting by the way that earning a reasonable salary that you can live on apparently now means that you shouldn't go on strike when your working conditions are threatened. It's appealing to the sort of miserable little English attitude that makes me want to break things; "You won't be getting a rise this year and your Christmas party has been moved to the local Yates', so why should this lot get anything eh? They're not starving or nurses or something are they?"

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Nina

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from: janinazew
date: Dec. 15th, 2009 11:23 am (UTC)
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I heard that interview and it hacked me off

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Nina

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from: janinazew
date: Dec. 15th, 2009 11:28 am (UTC)
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... incidentally I have emailed PM and asked if Eddie has a flight booked with BA this christmas.

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BA stuff

from: anonymous
date: Dec. 15th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
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I vaguely heard Brendan Barber, a trade union bigwig on radio robustly sticking up for the strikers but not sure which programme it was on.

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danalcapone

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from: danalcapone
date: Dec. 15th, 2009 06:38 pm (UTC)
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Fridge, I nominate you for a column in the Evening Standard.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Dec. 15th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
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I'm not entirely sure that I am toeing their editorial line on this.

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Column

from: anonymous
date: Dec. 15th, 2009 10:06 pm (UTC)
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You are already doing a column in The Guardian aren't you under the pseudonym Charlie Brooker?
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soho_iced

Misplaced cynicism

from: soho_iced
date: Dec. 16th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
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I think you're being overly idealistic in thinking the BBC are toadying to the establishment - the majority of their audience are only interested in the strike insofar as it threatens to their god-given right to go on holiday. (I make reluctant exception for people working abroad who don't get any other chances to go home.) It's viewing figures they're concerned with, not a political agenda - personally I think they'd be more cautious about that.

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fridgemagnet

Re: Misplaced cynicism

from: fridgemagnet
date: Dec. 16th, 2009 01:11 pm (UTC)
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Well, they do exactly the same in _every_ labour dispute (in news bulletins at least - the politics shows may take a more balanced and sophisticated view).

They certainly did with the postal strikes, and I pointed out in February that they went to the lengths of clipping their own Newsnight footage to make strikers sound racist on News At Ten - precisely as per government talking points at the time.

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