Polly Toynbee decides to take on the iniquities of the HGV industry:
The economic orthodoxy says a labour shortage should lead to a pay rise until people are enticed into vacant jobs – but that doesn’t happen as industries conspire to keep pay low, despite the shortages.
That's actually a significant charge - cartels in hiring are highly illegal. Under current rules a company found to be taking part in such can be fined 10% of turnover if found guilty. We also have a system whereby the whistleblower doesn't get fined and everyone else does - an adaptation of the insights of the Prisoner's Dilemma to the real world.
Given the seriousness of the charge we do really rather hope that Polly has the evidence to back up the allegation.
However, that's not the car crash aspect to her argument. This is:
The story of road haulage is mirrored time and again in British industry, with employers failing to work collaboratively, unions too weak to force good pay and conditions, and no government intervention.
Companies collaborating is bad but companies must collaborate.
We do rather wonder whether Polly reads her own work.