Militant union leader Bob Crow says he will call off threatened strike action – if Jennifer Aniston will tickle his feet with an ostrich feather, writes Nigel Eels.
The RMT hardliner, who aims to bring Britain to its knees this winter, made his extraordinary demands to an undercover News Grind reporter posing as Chancellor George Osborne.
The pair met in an unmarked car beneath a railway bridge in South London earlier this week. Unaware that the conversation was being secretly taped, Mr Crow is asked what he wants in order to call off his proposed campaign of national disobedience.
Previously he has gone on record as saying he wants the government to rethink its hard-hitting public sector cuts.
But pressed by our reporter Mr Crow admits: “I want Jennifer Aniston to tickle my feet with an ostrich feather.”
The revelation is sure to cause controversy among the 4.5 million union members gearing up for a winter of discontent. And left wing media outlet Socialist Worker, which has already produced more than 10 million placards, condemned Mr Crow as “a rabid running dog for the corrupt capitalist regime”.
Last night Mr Crow was refusing to comment on the explosive tape. A security guard at the gates of his £6m mansion overlooking Wentworth golf course said he believed the union boss was “out”.
But in a statement, his PR firm Flintlock, Flintlock & Zeigler said: “Mr Crow refutes he ever said he wanted his feet tickled by Jennifer Aniston. And if he did, what he meant to say was that he is standing up for the future of 240,000 public sector jobs threatened by the cuts.”
The revelations have echoes of a similar sting operation during the miner’s strike of 1984.
On that occasion NUM leader Arthur Scargill allegedly told an undercover reporter he would order his members to return to work on the condition that he could spend the night with Elizabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane in Doctor Who.
Last night Chancellor Osborne also refused to comment, in case he was being secretly taped.