A Tory-supporting financial lobbyist is urging the government to charge rail strikers as “proscribed organisations” under the “Terrorism Act” and has compared them to Islamic terrorists.
The shocking comments illustrate the way that government can abuse anti-terrorist legislation to silence anybody and any group that it doesn’t agree with – as well as showing how anti-terror laws have been used to protect corporate interests and power previously.
Writing for the Conservative Home website about the ongoing rail strike action by Unions, Cameron Penny, a financial services lobbyist whose clients include Goldman Sachs, and Lloyds Banking Group says:
To deal with the crisis in our transport network, which now threatens to engulf the country, the Government can take a leaf out of Alistair Darling’s book. It should state its intention to list ASLEF, the RMT and TSSA as proscribed organisations as per the terms of the Terrorism Act 2000. It would not have far to go for justification; the President of the RMT is on the record calling for the destruction of capitalism and admits to working to “bring down this bloody working-class-hating Tory government.
Penny pleads with the government to break up the strike:
We need the Government to bring the transport unions to heel and to do so using the powers and precedents from previous moments of national crisis.
It seems as if the business world is begging for the nanny state to intervene and smash the Unions, which is strange isn’t it? Because usually business decries the nanny state! Apart from when they begged the state to bail them out using billions of taxpayer’s money that is, as happened during the financial crash of 2008 when they drove the world’s economy into meltdown through recklessness.
Penny goes on to state the purpose and reason he thinks Unions should be treated like terrorists:
The ramifications of joining the ranks of Ansar Al Islam and ETA should be clear even to the most unreasonable trade union leader