Socialist Worker

In their own words

Issue No. 2281

‘Unfortunately the taxpayer is not paying peanuts for the worse than monkey service he is getting. That is why today’s strike is a disgrace’
Sir Bernard Ingham, former press secretary to Margaret Thatcher, unsurprisingly doesn’t support the strike


‘Not great timing’
Andrew Lansley, the Tory health secretary, on the strike


‘Public sector workers who strike should be executed. They should be shot in front of their families’
Jeremy Clarkson, The One Show


‘She closely questioned one woman whose passport did not pass the Bertin test’
A colleague describes David Cameron’s press secretary Gabby Bertin’s day, strike-breaking at Heathrow Terminal One


‘I’m in discomfort rather than pain. Still, I’ll live. And I don’t mind them going on strike. The health workers and teachers do a lot of good for all of us so they deserve good terms and conditions’
Allison Can whose gallbladder operation was cancelled in Bristol due to the strikes


‘Patently ridiculous’
ATL general secretary

Mary Bousted responds to David Cameron’s claim that 40 percent of schools opened during Wednesday’s strike


‘A £1,000 blow to every household’
The Daily Mail’s view of George Osborne’s autumn statement


‘It is only going to make our economy weaker and potentially cost jobs’
George Osborne’s analysis of the strike might apply better to his own policies


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