I was absolutely appalled last night to read that Len McCluskey, the leader of Britain's biggest union UNITE, has talked about using industrial action to disrupt the London Olympics. He told The Guardian newspaper that:
"the attacks that are being launched on public sector workers at the moment are so deep and ideological that the idea the world should arrive in London and have these wonderful Olympic Games as though everything is nice and rosy in the garden is unthinkable".
I know things are tough right now but there is nothing idealogical about what is going on. Whoever was in government would be making cuts - you can't get away from the fact that the country cannot carry on spending money it doesn't have and getting further and further into debt. Sooner or later - probably sooner based on what has happened to other countries - the markets will stop lending us any more money (or start charging very high rates of interest, which amounts to the same thing). If Mr McClusky is so concerned about public services, he should have said something when the previous Government was borrowing money, rather than putting it away for a rainy day, during the boom years.
At a time when millions of people are looking for work and when we have an unique chance to showcase all that is best about this country to the rest of the world and attract investment, it is frankly incredible that a senior public figure can make such an irresponsible statement.
UNITE is the Labour Party's largest single donor. Ed Miliband and Ken Livingstone need to make it absolutely clear that he shares the sense of real anger that many people will be feeling this morning.