The ability of the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to persuade the Government to bring in anti- strike legilsation is beginning to look like a crityical determinant of his re-election chances next year.

The Boris campaign point out they have the backing of business groups:

 Britain's leading business lobby group, The Confederation of British Industry, added their voice to those of London First, which represents major businesses in London, and expert commentators who have come out in support of the Mayor's position. It comes after hard-working Londoners learnt that the RMT trade union wants to inflict a series of strikes on the Tube, backed by just 29% of the members balloted.

The Mayor, who secured and is now driving through the biggest investment in the Tube in its 148-year history to improve reliability, has again called on the Government to look at changing the country's
strike laws so that a small minority can not try to hold the entire capital to ransom. He is proposing that a strike should only be allowed to go ahead if at least 50% of all workers balloted take part in the vote.

The proposal is eminently reasonable. Those Labour MPs who opposed it in the recent Private Members Bill should consider whether they voted in interests of their constituents.