The public sector trade unions - or at least their leaders - are threatening us with strikes again. After assorted teachers' union leaders calling for strike action because their pension contributions will rise a little, we have Dave Prentiss from Unison:
Unless this government changes direction, it is heading for industrial turmoil on a massive scale,'he added. 'The government must understand that UNISON will fight tooth and nail to protect and defend public services.'
I remember the late 1970s when we buckled time and again to these sort of threats. And I remember the damage that unions did to the economy, damaging - even destroying - good businesses, creating misery for millions and using their power to demand preference for their members at the expense of the old, the sick and the poor. We should never do so again. Never.
So bring it on Mr Prentiss.