Within days there would be no milk on the shelves, followed shortly by no butter, eggs, bread or cheese. Fresh vegetables would become scares and soon there would be no red meat, chicken, or fish.
If famers in more exotic countries decided to strike, there would be no oranges, lemons, bananas, pineapples, mangos, avocados, and salad crops.
One has to wonder what Michael Lynch, gen secretary of the National Union of the RMT, Christina McAnea, Unison’s general secretary, Dave Ward, general secretary of the postal workers who said, “we shall fight as long as its takes”, and other union leaders encouraging their members to strike, would say when supermarket shelves become empty, and they can no longer feed their families?
Life can go on for a while without travelling by train, and we can manage without a postal service. However, people will suffer, and some will die, including children, if NHS staff withdraw their vital services.
But what if those who milk the cows, feed livestock, grow crops and vegetables, and travel out into the North Sea in all weathers, withdrew their labour and food becomes scares, those so called ‘big wigs’, would soon be weeping and wailing?
When parts of the world are riven by war, flood, drought and famine, and people have to cope with real hardship, unknown to most of the current population in the UK, do they not recognize how privileged we are to live this country where no one actually goes without.
Yes, people are struggling as the cost of living escalates but thanks to an enormous army of volunteers, charities, government handouts and good neighbours; unlike so many countries across the world, there is a safety net for everyone.
As Russian missiles descend on Ukraine’s infrastructure, including their rail network, the train drivers, engineers, attendants, and managers work day and night to make repairs so the trains can keep moving. Almost 300 rail staff have been killed as they transport soldiers, weapons, and supplies to the front line.
As Ian Birrell said in his Daily Mail article, “What a contrast these selfless workers offer to their better paid counterparts in Britain, who cynically disrupt national wellbeing with strikes designed to cause maximum anguish at Christmas.”
“How ironic that while Ukraine’s rail workers perform so bravely in Europe’s fight for democracy against bloodstained dictatorship, some hard-left militants here in Britain promote Putin’s cause – even posing for pictures with pro-Kremlin thugs and wearing symbols of Russia’s aggression.” Little wonder the British public are running out of patience, and hopefully the Prime Minister and Government will take note and deal with them appropriately, now.