They aren't unions that's why.
They are professional bodies.
And they don't get involved in union type activity.
If you are trying to imply that there were special favours for Tory supporters, I'm not sure that lawyers and doctors are necessarily Tory.
I was a member of the EETPU, a professional body in all but the name Union. I could be an electrician and practice my trade without being a member. I can't practice as a Lawyer etc. without belonging to a closed shop.
I am not implying anything about the affiliation politically about members of these closed shops that still exist, only that closed shops were different in Thatcher's eyes depending on who had the closed shop.
If she was against closed shops so much then she should have removed ALL closed shops.
As for SaintsLass, I just shake my head, to paraphrase, "I like the protection of a closed shop but I don't like closed shops". Your as principled as a ferule cat.
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