Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Oops! They've gone and done it again.

The Morning Star today published yet another article by London's political boss, Ken Livingstone. Following the article that appeared on 3rd July, outlining the mayor's position regarding the current dispute with Tube worker, Pink Ken gets another chance to air his anti-union views.
Now don't get me wrong, I am all for debate and discussion and airing our differences. But this is no internal labour movement roundtable talks we are having.
To put it in its simplest terms - an industrial dispute is class struggle. Livingstone is on the side of the ruling economic class in this particular struggle and the Tube workers are on the other.
The Morning Star is supposed to be the paper of the labour movement. More than that, Livingstone has urged Tube staff to cross RMT picket lines.
It is one thing - and the Star is correct with it - to quote the bosses in a news piece. But to give over the pages to them is quite another.
This one defies explanation. Particularly as the Star has so far failed to comment on the dispute in its editorials. So we await developments...
On the domestic front, the boy's last week in school is upon us. Today, it was prize giving. A very uninspiring event, I thought, with very little said about the wonderful achievements of the students, both academically and in their social skills - I know much about the latter cos half the class seem to spend most of their time in the boy's bedroom at the weekend. They definitely are a good bunch.
The boy picked up a few prizes and I'm glad I went along. Nearly didn't as a result of him saying last week that the event wasn't for adults. He then asks us last night if either of us are going and we replied: "But we asked you last week if it was for parents and you said no." His response? "I thought you meant were the prizes for the parents" - he can be strange at times, our little boy!
So, I goes off to other side of London to start work at 8am. Waited for first person to take over from me at 8.45. Tube ride all the back home. Attend school prize giving. Tube ride all the way back to work. Bloody knackering it was, too.
Must dash to pick the boy up from his footie training.


Blogger Jim said...

Well of course prizes weren't for parents. What on earth were you thinking, that you'd sneak in there and steal all the prizes from the kids cos you are older and smarter?

Currently very happy listening to Tasavallan Presidentti, shit hot by the way.

10:42 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs tnr says " Sounds like his father's son."

10:55 pm  
Blogger Reidski said...

I resemble that remark!

9:29 am  
Blogger Reidski said...

By the way, Jim, you misunderstand. We asked him is it for parents as in can parents attend and watch. It was him who thought we meant parents were going along for prizes. So, therefore, all your criticisms should be aimed at the 10-year-old boy. Hope that has made you feel guilty!

11:01 pm  

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