When I read that Derek Simpson, the boss of UNITE was meeting the Teamsters union, I almost burst out laughing. I'm not sure that the Teamsters and flight attendants would necessarily see eye to eye. But actually, it's no laughing matter.
You see, Simpson is a meglomaniac. Not content with controlling Britain's biggest union, he has grander designs. He's already on the record as wanting to create a pan European trade union but he sees creating a global trade union as the best way of combatting global capital and globalisation. No, really.
He's clearly bonkers, but madmen should never be underestimated. Simpson's term as UNITE boss finishes soon and he's looking for a new challenge. This strike may just offer him the opportunity he's been looking for. Be warned.