The Conservative mayor of London has called for ministers to raise the legal threshold for triggering a strike, threatening to undermine the Prime Minister’s attempts to avoid confrontation with the unions. Writing in The Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson accuses the trade unions, with Labour support, of pursuing a “nightmarish return to the politics of the 1980s” with “wave after wave of debilitating strikes”. “The government should consider a law insisting on a minimum 50 per cent participation in a strike ballot,” he writes.The libertarian perspective is much preferable: workers should be free to strike, and employers should be free to sack striking workers. The government shouldn't intervene on either side.
Incidentally, there was an interesting quote attributed to an anonymous cabinet minister: "At the end of the day, we have to be able to rule this country". Was this cabinet minister real? Did he really say this? Either way, it's telling that The Telegraph quoted it approvingly.