Strikes are, of course, almost becoming an entirely public sector phenomenon. You still sometimes get them in large former public sector organisations, such as British Airways and British Telecom, but it is almost always only the people in the public sector who think they have a right to force out higher salaries from the back pocket of the taxpayer, without even considering withdrawing their employment permanently, and risking the free market, like the rest of us have to.
I read the worthy pretensions of one such martyr, this morning in the Torygraph. Obviously, I sent him an email, immediately:
If you don't like the terms and conditions in your job, resign, and go and get another job doing something else, where you do like the terms and conditions. Even better than that, start your own business selling your services.
I'm sure a man of your obvious talent would easily be able to command a salary at least three times what you're currently earning, on the free market.
What? You don't agree? Well then shut up and get on with your job the taxpayer is currently being forced to pay you, regardless of your merits.
As someone forced to pay his wages, whether I want him or not, if Simon deigns to reply, it should be interesting to hear what he says.