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I share your frustrations in the Labour is unwilling to take the swan by the neck (is that a saying or have I made it up?), but at the same time, too much pragmatism becomes a dangerous ideology all of its own, I fear.
The trouble with strikes and a good old fashioned people's movement these days, is that the only people who are still unionised, and still have enough clout that their union actually matters, are pretty well off already. You know, because they are unionised, and because their union has clout. So we could see a near total public service strike, but it'd be dead easy for the papers to write it off, and always will be. GP's are moaning that they might have to work Saturdays, for instance, and I'm sorry, but even as a dyed in the wool red and NHS worker myself, I simply have no sympathy at all there. I mean, cry me a fucking river. Know what I mean?
The people who need to be striking are the people who are always forgotten about at the edges of the NHS, people who are buried in boring admit jobs at your local council, people who are criminally undervalued but nevertheless vital to the running of the country. People who it can't be argued are spoiled already. People who you can't spin to look like they're making unreasonable demands.
That's stage one of the problem, but stage two is actually having the influence to get your message across. The media will never be the left's friend, so there needs to be actual grassroots support. You can't seize the narrative if nobody will print what you say, if nobody on TV will give you airtime, and when they do, it's only an invitation to dig yourself a hole. That's the part that's really hobbling Labour these days.