A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be


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Bob Crow died suddenly yesterday and everybody is saying what a great leader he was. It reminds me very much of the famous Not the Nine O’Clock News Politicians sketch.

While he was alive, he was vilified by the Daily Mail, but once dead, lauded. It turns out that he worked hard, grew his union when all around were declining, and knew what he was doing.

George Bernard Shaw said “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

That’s true in the church too. Lord Soper, is now regarded as a nonconformist prince of the pulpit but the hierarchy couldn’t stand him when he was alive, like Booth, Bourne and Wesley before him. Just like Jesus really.

So here’s to those who are “unreasonable” in their pursuit of doing what is right.

Perhaps you could become one of them?

3 thoughts on “A Working Class Hero Is Something To Be

  1. What a curious analogy. Of course Bob Crow was a man who knew what he was doing. Looking after No.1. I’m glad he had the opportunity to take all those lovely holidays, especially when ‘his’ members were creating havoc to the London travelling public. I was once part of his union (the Maritime bit) – but decided to leave when ‘closed shops’ were disbanded – because it became apparent that supporting those in commercial enterprise was not where their interests lay. The public sector was where more manipulation could be bought to bear to carry out his ideological dislike of democracy. He was one of those who held the view that public services exist to serve the interest of their members, not those of the public. That is how you build up your reputation and membership and allow yourself a fantastic benefits package.

    Apart from those who benefited from this view, to others, that does seem like unreasonable behaviour. I would not put Soper, Booth, Bourne or Wesley in the same category. Their motivation for ‘being awkward’ was completely different.

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