Nobody who has troubled to keep an eye on the trade union movement will have fainted with surprise at the news that the New Year Honours List brought a knighthood to William Carron.
Carron, president of the Amalgamated Engineering Union (motto, carved impressively on the presidential chair, "Be United And Industrious "), is the latest in a lengthening line of trade union knights, preceded by such as Tom O'Brien of NATKE and Tom Williamson (now a life peer) of NUGMW.
One thing these men have in common. They are all what is known as "moderate" trade union leaders. And "moderate" is another of the euphemisms beloved of the Capitalist press.