Well, we had the winter of discontent, so now I guess we’re set for the summer as well if the Union barons get their way, lining up as they are to throw everything at the people’s choice of government that they didn’t want. It never once occurs to them, of course, that the British people didn’t vote Labour precisely because of their Union bosses. God forbid!
And the biggest bastard of the lot as far as I am concerned is the Unite leader, Len McCluskey. He was the man who put the puppet Miliband into the top job and now because he’s lost he intends to do the same for Andy Burnham. What really pisses MacCluskey off about Miliband’s defeat is that he’s not President in all but name of the United Kingdom – and to hell with democracy.
Gone are the days of Blair’s New Labour. That won’t upset a lot of people, but let’s remember that it did deliver three election victories for Labour. Now the followers of Blair are expressing concerns about Unite’s links to the party. Of the 232 Labour MPs retuned to the Commons this week, 147 of them are either Unite members or receive funding from them. And let’s not forget their attempts to parachute their members onto selection lists…
Jim Murphy was the sacrificial goat in Scotland. In his defence he’d only been in the job a few months. To his credit he survived a confidence vote and then resigned, saying that now he could say things as an individual that he couldn’t say as head of Scottish Labour. And what he had to say was scathing :
Whether it’s in Scotland or the contest to come across the UK, we cannot have our leaders selected or deselected by the grudges and grievances of one prominent man.
The Leader of the Scottish Labour Party does not serve the grace of Len McCluskey and the next leader of the UK Labour Party should not be picked by Len McCluskey. Len McCluskey and the Unite leadership are the sort of people who could pick the wrong winer in a one-horse race”
However, it seems to me that this is exactly what will happen. Unite has given the Labour Party £14 million since 2010. And the GMB is also throwing it’s hat in the ring with a threat – dismissed on Monday by Harriet Harman – to disaffiliate from Labour.
The only good thing to come out of all this that Labour is tearing itself to pieces and that should hopefully be enough to prevent them destroying the British economy again for at least another 10 years…