The BA dispute is a civil matter between a company, shareholder bodies, and labour bodies. Just remember that if BA goes under smaller fish will soon move into the market and the employees will find new jobs. This is capitalism, it encourages competition and rewards the fittest in a free market. It is not for the government to step in any more than it would be appropriate for them to influence the way that I as a self-employed person engage with the free market. The government’s only role should be to see that the law is upheld. BA is not ‘too big to fail’, it should face the same constraints that everyone else faces – if it goes down then that is a risk the unions will have calculated including the potential for new jobs in the subsequent market.