Are all professors of industrial relations far-left in their politics, or is it just the ones the BBC invites onto its airwaves? Whether it's John Kelly, professor of industrial relations at Birkbeck College and member of the Socialist History Society, or that old BBC stand-by Roger Seifert, professor of industrial relations at Wolverhampton Business School, they keep popping up across the BBC. Today's PM had another - Gregor Gall, professor of industrial relations at the University of Hertfordshire. Prof Gall's Wikipedia profile came as no surprise to me when I looked him up after listening to the militancy of his contribution to PM. A regular columnist for The Guardian and the Morning Star, he's also a member of the Scottish Socialist Party.
What about professors of employment relations invited to appear on the BBC? Well, when there's one of them it's usually Professor Ralph Darlington of Salford University. He's appearing on tonight's The World Tonight, also to discuss the current strikes. The university's website informs us that he's about to edit an issue of the journal Socialist History.