Tory troublemaker David Davis was blasted by trade unionists today after he suggested the government speed up spending cuts and scrap employment laws.
Mr Davis had spoken at several events piling the pressure on the coalition government to scrap regulations in a wrong-headed attempt to kick-start the economy.
Among other things, he urged the government to gradually eliminate employers' National Insurance contributions and cut capital gains tax.
"The problem with the cuts is not the cuts programme itself, it is the speed of it. It is taking too long to take effect," he told Radio 4.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow was scathing: "This is the same old anti-union drivel from the Tory right and shows in the starkest terms that David Davis and the old-school Thatcherites are prepared to side with the same hire-and-fire business lobby that are in a large part culpable for the current economic crisis."