My favourite union leader, Len McCluskey, is at it again. Clearly fearing a backlash from yet another Tube strike that’s just been announced, he’s made some changes to the Unite constitution.
He’s removed the clause that requires Unite to operate within the law.
Now quite what makes Comrade McCluskey think that by removing that clause he’s not liable to prosecution under the laws of the land, I’m not sure. If he thinks it will make any difference in a court of law, then he’s even more of a deluded fuckwit than I thought he was – and that would be difficult!
He told activists: ‘Unite is not going to see itself rendered toothless by passively submitting to unjust laws. If the Tories wish to put trade unionism beyond the law then so be it. We are ready for the fight and we will, I believe, find allies among everyone who cares for freedom and democracy.’
The problem is, Len old son, that democracy requires adherence to the rule of law that has been put in place by a duly elected government ruling by the will of people. Now I know that might be a bit foreign to the land of Unite where the vast majority do what they are told by a leftie dictator, but that’s how it is.
And, of course, there’s a Labour leadership contest going on at the moment with Unite routing for their favourite leftie, so this puts pressure on the other candidates to declare how they feel abut changes currently going through the House on trades union reform.
What McCluskey wants is to destabilise the other candidates and get his man in place so that the Labour Party is controlled not by the person it elects but by Unite and in particular Len McCluskey. A bit like when Miliband was the leader – and look where that got them.
Odd definition of ‘freedom and democracy’ isn’t it?