Britain descends into pre-Christmas chaos

Nurses strike outside St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Tuesday. According to a YouGov poll for the Sunday Times, almost two-thirds of Britons support them. Andrew Aitchison/In Pictures via Getty Images

HISTORY – With the “cost of living crisis” strikes paralyze the country. The army is called to the rescue.

Correspondent in London

After the end of the year ravaged by a pandemic that often trapped them on their island, the British were hoping for a holiday that was finally calm and flowing. Alas, the social fever decided otherwise. The dreaded “great winter of discontent” is coming. And the violent strikes create chaos around the Christmas and New Year holidays. As the press notes, Britain today offers the face of a country. “where nothing works anymore”.

Strike movements are increasing, whether for nurses, paramedics, postal workers, border police and of course the railways. The walks follow each other or combine, depending on the day. “Unions cause unhappiness for millions, including cruelly timed transit strikes to strike at Christmas,” condemned the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak. Faced with shortages of ambulances and carers, the Secretary of State for Health, Will Quince, urged Britons…

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