Margaret Thatcher broke the unions in the UK. Granted she was up against incredibly stupid people like Arthur Scargill who called for a general strike of coal miners at a time when Britain’s coal reserves were the largest ever seen, nevertheless she smashed the unions.
They can’t forgive her either nor can they get over what she did, so much so they are celebrating her death before she has even died:
Commemorative T-shirts rejoicing in the moment when Baroness Thatcher dies are being sold at the annual trades union gathering in Brighton.
The T-shirts, on sale at the Trades Union Congress’s annual conference, cost £10 each and boast that union members will want to “dance on her grave” when she dies.
Last night outraged Conservative MPs called for Labour leader Ed Miliband to disassociate himself with the TUC and for the police to investigate. Mr Miliband’s shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is due to address the annual gathering tomorrow.
The T-shirts, which are wrapped in clear plastic, are being marketed by the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre, an organisation which provides “welfare rights advice services” and which is affiliated to the TUC.
One of the garments has an image of Mrs Thatcher’s spitting image puppet, with the words “Hey ho the witch is dead” along side.
Attached to the plastic is a notice urging the buyer only to wear when Lady Thatcher has died. It says: “In the event of Thatcher’s death of Thatcher open bag and wear Tee shirt immediately.”
Another T-shirt features a white cross on a grave with “Thatcher” across it, and the words: “A generation of trade unionists will dance on her grave”.
The T-shirts build on the residual anger in the union movement over the way major British industries were allowed to decline in the 1980s, while unions saw their influence wane because of tough anti-strike laws.