Tell you what, they can't pin this one on trade unions and excessive, above inflationary pay demands.
Maybe we should have a few of those. Stir up the dust a bit, make our presence felt. Put all those self-satisfied bastards, all of them primitives and barbarians mired in the barbarism of the early 19th Century, on the back foot for a change. Want to make economies in public spending? No junkets to Davos by any member of the British government in any capacity. We are a poor, indebted nation, or so we're told, so it's only appropriate for its leaders to behave accordingly.
For some reason, the guiding principle of British politics is that the poor and weak must always be considerate towards the rich and strong. At the moment, I am not particularly well disposed to the needs of anyone who earns more than I do, which isn't much, and, if I had my way, would contribute to a punitive tax system which would so hound and harry tax-avoiding bastards that they would feel the personal loss of every penny they have cheated the rest of us out of as if it were flesh being ripped from their backs by the cat.
We could be doing with a bit of that in this country, instead of government after government of government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich.