Cooked up by Len McCluskey, who cut his teeth with that doyen militancy, Derek Hatton, this strike has tragedy written all over it. As Billy Hayes and the posties proved, the unions rarely realise their unshakeable terms and conditions these days; it’s compromise or, in the language of Scargill, a fight to death. As Danny Finkelstein notes, the worst case scenario is that BA goes bust and that staff (90 percent of whom voted in favour of action) lose their jobs. Is there hope of a British bailout? Not likely according to PolHome, and neither should there be: BA is a failing business that must retrench, merge or collapse.