Apparently millions of people were on strike today. I didn't notice anything different. The post office was full of long-past-their-bury-by-date geriatrics as usual and the bank was full of people with bags full of coins and cheques and none of them had the right weight of coins per bag. It's a good thing I'm not allowed to have a gun.
I even took the short cut across the Council car park and noted that while it was less packed than usual, it was more than half full. What they do in there remains a mystery to me but more than half of them were doing it anyway. I don't suppose the ones responsible for council tax were on strike. It's direct-debit day tomorrow and someone has to push the button when the relevant committee tells them to.
A strike in November has little appeal for the sensible here. It means paying to heat your house all day when you could be sitting in a warm office and getting your heat free. The hospital was apparently on strike but the nurses weren't and neither was Casualty so the important stuff was still working. I wonder if the NHS Smoke Puritans were on strike? That would have been welcomed by the inmates and most of the staff too.
One noticeable effect of the strike was seen at UK border control. It was apparently much more efficient with the usual staff out of the way. Oh dear, that wasn't what the strikers wanted to happen, I'm sure. They're back at work tomorrow so it'll be back to normal, unfortunately. Perhaps they could be induced to strike for longer next time.
I'm neither for nor against the strikes. I don't much care what Ozzy does to pensions because I will only get the small one I built up before becoming self-employed. I don't care what he does to retirement age because I have no intention of retiring. I'll work until I die because I enjoy what I do. What would I do in retirement? Potter about a lab, write some books? I do that now.
So the medics are on strike. I don't trust them anyway. I know they are lying about smoking and drinking and five-a-day and more, so what can I trust from them? If I take my sore wrist to the doctor I am sure it will be smoking-related or drink-related (it was in fact paint-related but they don't have that one on the books yet). It's getting better gradually on its own. No need for painkillers, but I have a bottle of Grants at hand just to take the edge off. Currently £16 a litre in Morrison's. Cheaper than drugs and fewer side-effects.
[Cheapskate Aberdonian tip - if you have a visitor who drinks brandy drowned in Coke, refill an empty Courvoisier bottle with Tesco Own Brand. Saves a fortune and in all that Coke, they can't tell. Same goes for whisky and mixer drinkers. That's why I have a whisky decanter. It saves me the pain of watching someone pouring lemonade into the good stuff]
If the border people are on strike, does that mean that for one day only there was nobody stealing legally-bought baccy? Who could complain about that, apart from the Dreadful Arnott and her zombie horde, or the BMA - who are already on my list of liars anyway.
As for Ozzy's generosity in his little budget, he's not going to hike up petrol more than it's already hiked, at least not just yet, and he's going to cut the rate of increase in money we throw into the sea to look generous. All those dictators will just have to make do without gold-plated tyres on their Ferraris for now.
It was quite a trick. Making an increase in Government wastage look like spending cuts. For many out there, he pulled it off too. There are lots and lots of people who think he really is trying to cut the deficit. Let's just hope they work out they've been scammed before the next election.
As for the strikers, well, if they want to do it again I have no problem with that at all. It seems to have made little difference this time. Let them make a habit of it and the private sector will soon adapt with childcare facilities in large businesses and pooled childcare between smaller ones, and eventually these will become schools. That, as far as I can see, was the only real problem they caused and let's be honest, one day off from watching porn films and learning how socialism was responsible for the creation of the universe won't harm any child.
Otherwise, everything seems to have carried on quite nicely without them. A few more strikes and those town halls might get back to what they were supposed to be doing, once they've realised that nobody actually needs LBGT/ethnic diversity outreach departments and smoking cessation officers and booze price watching committees.
Perhaps then we can have councils who concentrate on doing the stuff we really want done.