Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are in competition. They think David Cameron looks weak and they each have their eye on the top job in the Tory party.
So every other day we hear them showing off about how tough they are on working class people so they can impress the rest of the Tories.
Gove’s constant spouting of propaganda against state schools is part of this strategy.
He has declared that his dream is for every state school to look and feel like a private school.
Every day he launches new attacks on teachers’ unions.
His ideological battle to defend the First World War is a part of this Gove election campaign.
In contrast, Johnson likes to play the buffoon, but no one is deceived.
He is just as hardnosed about trying to prove his credentials for leadership. And demonising workers and the unions is part of the plan. That’s why workers need to show Gove and Johnson and the rest of the Tories they are sick of being blamed for everything that’s wrong in society.
Tube workers were set to strike as Socialist Worker went to press, and the teachers’ NUT union was due to announce a national strike. The Tories fear strikes—which is why they go to such efforts to denounce them.
Union leaders need to show they are serious and call the sort of action that can send the Tories running scared.