We have many things to admire about the French. Hmmm, let me try that again.
There are some things we have to admire the French for. One more go.
The one thing we have to admire the French for is their workers willingness to raise blue murder if they think they are being shafted.
News of redundancies have seen them occupying their places of work, kidnapping their bosses and in one case placing gas cylinders about the building and threatening to blow the place up if bosses didn't reconsider their plans. You have to admire that level of passion and it is good to see that the idea has caught on and these ideas have circulated to other workers who are doing the same thing.
Workers at the Vesta factory on the sleepy isle of Wight have tonight occupied their wind turbine factory amid demands that the Government intervene and nationalise if necessary, to save the 600 jobs which are to be moved out of the country.
Danish company Vestas is the world's biggest wind turbines maker, posting a 51% rise in 2008 operating profit and riding a surge in demand for renewable energy that saw an operating profit of £68m for the last quarter.
The workers want Gordon Brown to step in as if it was a troubled bank and save the jobs and keep making wind turbine blades. He handed the bankers hundreds of billions and threw billions more at the car industry so it will be interesting to see how keen he is to save these 600 on a island already facing above average unemployment.
Hope the protesters have plenty of food and water as they could be there for some time. Viva la IOW.