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After he wisely cautioned the government against further trade union legislation a few years ago, Norman Tebbit changed his tune in the Telegraph earlier this week, writes Flip Chart Rick.

In a piece which summoned up the ghost of militancy past, he backed proposed new laws on strike ballots and warned of “irresponsible minorities of trades unionists in the public services engaged in blackmailing their employers into pay rises or other concessions”.

A lot has changed since the 1980s. As luck would have it, the ONS released the latest data on labour disputes yesterday. Its records go back to 1931. To say that the number of days lost to industrial disputes is at an all time low is something of an understatement.

Rick thinks the Tories would be picking a fight with a monster that is already extinct. For his reasons, see the article on Flip Chart Fairy Tales.

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