It cannot be denied that Crow was a formidable campaigner, who fought tirelessly, not only for his beliefs but also, on behalf of his members. The industrial disputes and campaigns, which led to a walkout by London Underground workers last month in a dispute over ticket office closures, certainly elevated his position as a strong leader amongst his members. He had achieved a personal ascendancy unmatched by any union leader.
He spoke at rallies and meetings most weekends, and was always in demand to support campaigns.
I appreciate that Bob Crow did what he was elected to do. However, social and economic justice can be achieved with dignity and respect, without the need for controversy.
To resolve any issue in consideration of the interests of all, such a solution can be implemented with dialogue, diplomacy and a mutually acceptable way.
I am not sure what Crow would have chosen as his epitaph? Whatever his legacy, one can only hope his successor is someone who can campaign without militancy or disputes. Perhaps drifting back to the centre of politics will garner favourable support from the public, which the newly elected RMT leader may wish to consider.
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