While the public sector strike leaves our classrooms empty and borders unprotected, the parties are finding it difficult to relate to the chaos it will ensue.
David Cameron’s big idea for dealing with the impact of the strikes is to call for parents to take their kids to work – tackling the symptom rather than the cause.
Meanwhile Ed Miliband has been burying his head in the sand as the striking unions are his biggest backers. Around 86 per cent of Labour’s donors come from, wait for it, the unions. No surprise there then that Mr Miliband is strangely very quiet for once.
And Nick Clegg is nowhere to be seen. The deputy PM was last heard bemoaning the lack of black football managers but is yet to speak up about the striking public sector.
With just days away ‘til the strike, voted for by barely a quarter of union members, our health care, borders and schools will be closed for business at this rate.
The political parties would do best to take direction from headmistress Rachel de Souza. De Souza, head at Ormiston Victory Academy in Norwich, is drafting in the Army to fill in for her striking teachers. She risks the wrath of union hotheads by putting kids’ education first.
It is a great pity that our political leaders don’t show the same regard for the future of our children. They may moan that the strike will cost the economy £500m but what are they actually doing to prevent it or in the very least, dampen the blow it will have on our lives?
Is ‘take your kids to work’ really the best advice David Cameron can come up with? I can’t imagine the PM would take daughters Nancy, Florence and son Arthur into the Cabinet Office. How can he seriously suggest that normal people, without a stay-in nanny, can even contemplate that option? It is yet another example of the PM being out-of-touch. For others, staying at home to look after their children could cost them their jobs. As for Ed Miliband, well, his silence is damning. It seems money talks and it has stifled the normally vocal leader. He is impotent against the power of his union backers.
Public sector strikers may feel angry that they have to work a little longer to receive a little less in their pensions, but what do they think the rest of us in the private sector are going through? Their problem is with the Government and the Treasury, not us. So why do they see it fit to make us all miserable for their own ends?
As a result of their two million-strong strike, we will all be out of pocket and may even lose our jobs, something they won’t have to worry about anytime soon.
What happened to the great British bulldog spirit of keeping calm and carrying on? It seems that it is long gone if a few protesters can possess such control of our country. David, it’s time to stop acting at prime minister and actually be it.
We need a leader who can quash threats to our security and keep the country running at all times, but sadly you haven’t yet shown you have the mettle to do so. And the unions are the least of your (and Ed’s!) problems…