The old ones are the best, they say. And I’m as nostalgic as the next person. But, really, when the TUC’s annual conference opened in Manchester a couple of weeks ago, the torrent of cliché-ridden and hackneyed media coverage was even worse than usual.
Immediately we were treated to the full repertoire of phrases that must, by law apparently, accompany any coverage of the unions. Their leaders are all “dinosaurs”, it is said. They seek to “hold the country to ransom”. We all have to brace ourselves for another “winter of discontent”. (more…)