For some long time as measured by parliaments, and regardless of which Party is in power, it is well-known that the Conservatives do not like unions. The latest wheeze by them presents a more than ample example. But, additionally, it also presents a more than ample illustration of that Party’s double standards.
The Conservatives have declared they will pass legislation to the effect that, for any form of industrial action (and strikes in particular) to be lawful following a ballot, not less than 40% of the union membership must vote in favour of such action. At one level, this may not seem unreasonable, at 40%. However …
The “however” is that the Conservatives (and other Parties too) would have notable problems so far as the election to Parliament of MPs is concerned if the same, not unreasonable, standard was applied to the minimum percentage of eligible voters voting for a specific candidate. There is a good number of MPs who have been elected on far less than 40% in their favour. As significantly, a given government would have difficulties in showing that, as a country, it has the support of not less than 40% of the electorate.
Double standards writ large.