But one of the few things those in the Brown bunker can still do well is deliver a swift kicking to those in the Labour party who cross the Prime Minister. So, Ed Miliband is now being set up as the man to take the blame for the strikes.
Kevin Maguire, a very good guide to what a certain section of Brownite opinion thinks, writes today that:
This is a particularly painful blow to Miliband as it is designed to hurt his standing with the Unions, whose members have a third of the votes in Labour leadership elections.“
“The PM is livid that Energy Secretary Ed Miliband carelessly failed to heed renewed trade union warnings over the past fortnight that this dispute was about to boil over.”