Considering the global financial crisis and the ConDem government’s current attempts to save money through drastic cuts to the public sector, the absence of more widespread protests and alternative proposals in Britain is surprising. Is the Left the dog that hasn’t barked?
In my blog entry Cameron: cave canem!, I argue that 13 years of New Labour in power has to some extent made people accept the slogan that ‘there is no alternative’. At the same time, however, the fact that the UCU, NUT, ATL and PCS trade unions are currently planning co-ordinated strike action on 30 June may indicate that the dog is still going to bark and may be even biting.
Prof. Andreas Bieler
Professor of Political Economy
University of Nottingham/UK
Personal website: http://www.andreasbieler.net
21 June 2011