Reuters asks Tariq Ali ‘How much political leverage do trade unions in Britain really have?’ for The Great Debate:
Unions are still burdened by the steps former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher took to crush the labour movement in the 1980s, says political commentator Tariq Ali, who has written more than 30 books, including “Rough Music: Blair, Bombs, Baghdad, London, Terror” in 2006 and most recently a novel titled “Night of the Golden Butterfly”.
The Labour Party, founded in the early 20th century by trade unions to represent workers in parliament, has done nothing to reverse the consequences of a protracted coal miner’s strike under Thatcher which, combined with de-industrialisation and privatisation, weakened the power of trade unions in Britain, Ali told Reuters in a recent video interview at Verso Books headquarters in London’s Soho.
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London events for Night of the Golden Butterfly:
- May 10, 18.45 at the British Library / Tariq Ali reads from Night of the Golden Butterfly. Details to be announced here.
- May 11, 18.30 at the LSE / LSE Arts public lecture: Islam Quintet: Night of the Golden Butterfly. For booking and further details, see here.
- May 12, 19.30 at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, in association with Bookmarks / For booking and further details, see here.
More to be announced!