Friday, January 25, 2008

The Miserables

By Michael J.W. Stickings

As you may have heard (or seen, or read, or smelled), there was a public sector strike in France yesterday -- just a one-day affair, but enough to get the riot police out. (As a public sector employee myself -- more specifically, as a public servant -- I cannot but be sympathetic, although I find myself significantly less sympathetic when it comes to the grossly over-bloated French public sector than when it comes to, say, the Ontario public sector.)

Here's an amusing photo from the BBC, taken during a protest by railway workers. Needless to say, those sketchy-looking troublemakers in the bus shelter -- and don't think they don't have their own barricades to erect on a moment's notice -- won't be storming the Bastille anytime soon.

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