I would like to congratulate twelve Tory headbangers on their timing.

It can be said that only a particular type of Tory could do the following:

1) Attempt to undermine a piece of legislation that transformed the lives of the working class.
2) Justify this by suggesting that not being able to work for less than a set minimum is a violation of employees Human Rights!
3) Make said arguments against the Minimum Wage during a time of recession.
4) Get invited onto the Today program to defend the Bill, then withdraw the Bill, and the interview at the last minute.

These right-wing Thatcherite headbangers, all eleven of them, have given me the best laugh in days.

They did say comedy was all about timing!

In all seriousness, the Bill would not have got very far at all given it’s minimal support and the vitriol poured on it from the Left.

Silly Thatcherites. Go back to your holes and stop trying to settle old scores.

UPDATE: Save the minimum wage

Wage Concern reports that at 9:30am, as I was typing out an anti-Thatcherite rant, the Employment Oppertunities Bill was withdrawn and postponed by it’s original founder, Christopher Chope MP.

This is obviously a fantastic victory for the left. We worked 100 years to get Minimum Wage on the statute book, and thus we are not giving it up. Hence, if these nutjobs attempt to restart the legislation once again, the fight will begin again.

But for now, I take immense pleasure in this defeat – and the humiliation of a few right wing nutjobs.