Signal failureIt's a common belief among leftist groups in Britain that if they spend enough time slagging off America, they don't have to offer any constructive ideas to help their own country. This explains why, when I checked the web site of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union yesterday to find out whether a threatened Tube strike was going ahead, I didn't see any information about whether I would be able to get to class on Thursday. Instead, I saw a poll asking, 'Should the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay be closed?' Clearly, once the RMT knows the will of its members, it's going to use its clout with the Bush Administration -- which ranks only slightly behind that of, say, the American Orchid Society.
Much as I despise Gitmo, I'm tempted to vote 'no' on this poll just to see if such heresy reduces the union's site to a jumble of code as creaky and juddering as the trains its members have to drive.