The media March 2017
Who governs America?
On the media’s claims of authority in today’s political life.
There’s labor trouble on the rails in Great Britain. Again. And on the tube, and among British Airways cabin crew and baggage handlers at Heathrow. In December, Steve Hedley, the Assistant General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime, and Transport Workers Union, not-so-affectionately known as rmt, told Russia Today that, “It’s very clear in our rule book. We’re in an antagonistic relationship with the managers and with the bosses. We want to overthrow capitalism and create a socialist form of society.” Mr. Hedley, also known as “Red Heds,” would have been no more than four years old and so won’t remember, as I do, the dark days and darker nights of the Three-day Week in 1974. Then, the Conservative government led by Edward Heath took on the National Union of Mineworkers and lost; Mr. Hedley obviously has something similar in...
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