Tory London Mayor Boris Johnson let his "loveable buffoon" mask slip today with a vicious attack on trade unions' democratic right to withdraw their labour.
Mr Johnson, who relies on a carefully constructed media image to divert attention from his hard-right views and highly paid "day job" as a Telegraph columnist, used a Mail on Sunday interview to reveal he had an "eight-point" programme to deal with potential strikes.
Among the policies he advocated were a ban on walkouts by firefighters, ambulance and Tube workers and "minimum service" restrictions on other public-sector staff.
He also proposed to make it a criminal offence to have picket lines beyond a certain size.
The Tory mayor, who according to the paper branded public-sector walkouts "endless buggeration," reportedly earns £250,000 a year for a weekly Telegraph column on top of his £143,911 mayor's salary - a combined total of over £7,500 a week.