Azara Blog: A handful of trade unionists bring the UK to its knees

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Date published: 2008/04/25

The BBC says:

Motorists should not buy more fuel than normal ahead of a planned refinery strike in Scotland, No 10 says.

Workers at the Grangemouth plant are due to take part in a two-day strike from Sunday in a row over pensions.

A spokeswoman said the government was encouraging both sides to get back round the negotiating table.

She said some garages may experience temporary shortages but overall there were enough reserves to keep forecourts supplied during any dispute.

The dispute looks set to close the Forties pipeline, which brings in 700,000 barrels of oil a day - a third of the UK's daily output - from the North Sea.

The academic middle class like to state that the UK should not rely on foreign supplies of energy because they are not reliable, and the UK could (in theory) be held hostage. Well, this strike shows perfectly well that the threat to the UK energy supply is not just from foreigners but can also happen because of a handful of British trade unionists (and if Thatcher were still around we would already be hearing about "the enemy within").

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