Leading Article: Arbitrate, Don't Dream, Mr Knapp
THE TRADES Union Congress in Blackpool last week gave Jimmy Knapp a tremendous reception and Mr Knapp was moved to tears by it. Comradeship, the annual efflorescence of a historically great (though now shrunken) social movement - these are powerfully sentimental things. They do Mr Knapp no service, however, if they cut him off from the drier, meaner world of facts and deals and the way Britain is rather than how it was or might be. As the signallers' strikes go on - this will be the 14th week of disruption - Mr Knapp and his members show no sign of understanding that, for a government that dislikes railways and trade unions almost equally, their actions do not matter. Indeed, the longer the strikes go on, the more they may help realise the cherished Conservative dream of a greatly reduced pattern of railways - a dream that has rightly been resisted by a coalition of lobby …
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