They accuse her of “breathtaking cant and hypocrisy” over her campaign for a better Bristol bus service because it was the Tory Party that deregulated and privatised local bus services in the 80s and created the current hopeless mess. Fair comment.
UNITE even quote Thatcher disapprovingly:
A man who, beyond the age of 30, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure.
Only problem here is that it’s now very well known that there’s no record of Thatcher ever having said this. What’s UNITE’s source for this quote? Or can we assume they don’t really know what they’re on about?
Although on the issue of the buses UNITE do make some good points about privatision and deregulation and how commercial considerations and profit have taken precedence over providing a decent service for the public while drivers’ wages have fallen to about half the average wage since the 80s.
However their partisanship is ridiculous. What’s with the party political point scoring? The Labour Party has had, locally 20 years, and nationally over 10 years to sort out these useless deregulated bus services and has done nothing.
Indeed the Labour Party has not reversed any Thatcherite privatisations at all in the last ten years and they have even introduced private sector reforms into healthcare and education services, which is way beyond anything Thatcher dared do.
So why no criticism of the Labour Party from UNITE? Why condemn one set of Thatcherites but not another? Do they seriously believe Labour are working in the interests of their bus driving members or the wider bus using public?
If they do then they are cretins.