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The Tories and their backers are on the offensive—but they are fuelling anger on the ground

Issue No. 2219

“We have a cabinet of millionaires who don’t use public services. This is a war on the entire population in the interests of a tiny minority.”
General secretary of the Fire Brigades Union, Matt Wrack

“Threats will not work.'
Lib Dem Vince Cable issues his own threat to the unions

“Cut services, put jobs in peril, and increase inequality—that is the way to make Britain a darker, brutish, more frightening place.”
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber on the future under the Tories

“It’s fight or die and we choose fight.”
TUC delegate and lecturers’ UCU union executive member Sasha Callaghan

“The millionaires in the cabinet are living in a bubble of privilege. The real scroungers are the wealthy who avoid paying the tax they owe.”
Civil service PCS union general secretary Mark Serwotka

“In an environment of cuts, disaffection, social and industrial tensions may well rise.”
Chief superintendent Derek Barnett on where austerity will lead—and why the government will need the police

“These are cynical and politically motivated strikes which prove the BBC unions have declared war on the government.”
Tory MP Nadine Dorries panics about impending BBC strikes

“What education needs now is its very own Wapping.”
Right wing columnist Richard Littlejohn demands an assault on teachers’ unions as News International moves to take over an academy

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Who Says?
Tue 14 Sep 2010, 17:14 BST
Issue No. 2219
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