At this year's annual Labour Party conference it was quite clear that
Blair is no longer looking as confident as only a few months ago.
He has had to swallow defeat in his own party, on a key issue: the
participation of private capital in the providing of public services
And he also came close to defeat on his plans to wage war on Iraq!
We are witnessing the first steps in what will prove to be a major turn-around
inside the Labour Party over the next period.
Industrial militancy in Britain is on the increase. It reflects a general
mood in the workplace that enough is enough. The Blair government is not only
confronting the first national firefighters' strike in 25 years, but is facing
action on a number of other fronts. This has raised the spectre of another
Winter of Discontent similar to the one faced by the Callaghan government in