If you want to know what’s really happening, go to the social media.
That’s where This Writer found the Daily Mirror’s front page:
“Betrayed”? That’s a bit strong, isn’t it? Well, no. Look at this image of Business minister Sajid Javid.
If it looks like he was having a great time, it’s because he wasn’t having anything to do with the crisis over Tata’s plan to sell off its steelmaking works in the UK. He was in Australia at a fancy banquet, giving a speech to the British Chamber of Commerce there.
His absenteeism prompted Ron Moore to tweet: “Chum! The Menials are saying ‘You must have known Wednesday was decision day. If not, why not? So why did you swan off?'”
In Javid’s useless absence, it was up to Anna Soubry, minister for small business, to pick up the slack. It seems, however, that the Conservative Government is so slack that she made the following plea:
CostOfCameron responded, on Twitter: “Soubry says ‘give us time’? What, like Redcar?”
Fair point, that.
So what was the Labour Party doing?
Well, while David Cameron was still thinking of cutting short his holiday in Lanzarote (or wherever he was), Jeremy Corbyn had already abandoned his and was in Port Talbot with the steelworkers whose jobs are under threat.
“That’s the kind of leadership we need,” tweeted Pauline Lane.
Adrian Morgan added: “Great to see Jeremy Corbyn turn up to support us steelworkers in Port Talbot today. Listened to all.” Here’s the proof:
Mr Corbyn went on to make a few comments of his own, such as this:
He wanted the Conservative Government to nationalise the soon-to-be former Tata steelworks. And why not? There are certainly precedents, as Eoin Clarke pointed out:
“Steel Bailouts by Governments:
“1994 Portugal & Germany
“Why does Osborne refuse to save British Steel?”
Some have suggested it could be as simple as this:
According to the Daily Telegraph: “Some officials accused Govt of sacrificing steel industry to improve relations with China”:
The possibility prompted Labour MP John Mann to tweet: “We nationalised two banks to save UK banking. So we should nationalise UK steel. Do we want to be on China’s pocket forever?”
According to Martin Rowson in The Guardian, that’s exactly what Osborne wants:
While the Tories have dithered, Jeremy Corbyn launched an e-petition calling on David Cameron to recall Parliament and “protect the steel industry and the core of manufacturing in Britain”.
At the time of writing, this petition – launched yesterday, March 30 – has amassed a staggering 82,544 signatures. By the time you read this, it may have already reached the target of 100,000 necessary to make a debate possible. You can add your own signature – whether the target has been reached or not (the more, the merrier) – just visit the petition’s webpage here.
Judge the Conservatives according to their response.
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