The French trades unions take the "I'm all right jack screw you" award for 2006. As you may recall, at the same time as the initial protesters about the Danish cartoons were rioting in Århus, there was also a little disturbance in La Belle France with a load of mainly uneducated and unemployable petty crooks and druggies publicising their new sport - the Car-B-Q. One result of that was that Vile Pin and his boss l'Escroc announced plans to fix the terrible levels of youth unemployment by making it easier to fire the incompetant.
Well the unions, being unable to understand the concept of risk/reward and how that might apply to employers deciding whether to risk hiring a layabout from the banlieues, decided to go on strike today to protest this minor loosening of the red tape that kills enterprise in France.
So if this law doesn't pass when we see another series of Car-B-Qs be sure to lay the blame at the heart of the selfish leaders of the French Trades Union movement, a group of people who have never found a protectionist practice they couldn't embrace and extend.