UNITE tops Labour's MEP list

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  1. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

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  2. Well the Unions paid good money for all the M.P.s in the Labour party.
     
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  3. Party of the Common Man my arrse.
     
  4. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    I think it's a Damn Shame. they've bought those seats fair and square, and I don't think that they should be forced to stand for them as well.....
     
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  5. I would love to see Unite demand full and immediate repayment of their loans to the Labour party.
     
  6. Wordsmith

    Wordsmith LE Book Reviewer

    No political party is entirely free of influence from its backers, but Labour seem more beholden to the unions than the Tories or Limp Dems are to their respective backers.

    The unions seem the bastions of the old left. The left seem to work on the basis that as their policies are unpopular with the public directly they can bring them in by stealth by infiltrating the unions and imposing their policies on Labour. Bit like the Militant Tendency in the 80's.

    Millipede is well and truly caught. The unions put him in place rather than his brother and now he finds he's made a Faustian pact. Cut back the union influence and he doesn't get the money. Allow the unions influence over Labour policy and he doesn't get elected.

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  7. Unions now have no real power, so the only way they can get the power that they want in to get political in a serious way, but the next labour/ unite govt will really send the UK s economy to the bottom!
     
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  8. Members of a union standing for election under the Labour flag? Whatever next, businessmen and bankers standing as Conservatives? Hell in a handcart, I tell you.
     
  9. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Most union men I've met are self serving ******* with everything to say about **** all but **** all to say about anything worthwhile.
    Well suited to be MP's then
     
  10. I'm a member of the CWU and they have done a fair bit for me lately.

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  11. Does it make any difference in reality, MPs or MEPS are socially exclusive of those they serve, it is something like seven per cent of the population is educated independently, compared to 35 per cent of MPs, a tenth or so of all MPs were educated at just 13 schools.

    These UNITE prospective MEPS have their own agenda of course, but same goes for any of the other party candidates, gravy train passengers all the way.

    Now i am off to walk my whippet wearing my flat cap and wearing my Eton school tie.
     
  12. It's not so much a case of the unions seeking power. It's a case of the hard left seeking power and using unions as a vehicle to obtain that power through the Labour party. Hardly anybody bothers to vote in union elections so it doesn't take many like minded souls to get somebody like Big Len into a position where he could bankrupt the party and bring down a Labour government.

    There hasn't been a communist MP elected in Britain since 1946. Hard left candidates typically score less than 1% in elections and none of them really believe the crap about a socialist revolution sweeping the government of their dreams into power. Except Arthur Scargill.

    The class warriors, communists and loony lefties tried to take over Labour via the unions in the 1970s. They tried again in the 1980s via Militant. Now, with the Labour party at its weakest since Michael Foot was leader in the early 80s, there's a real chance for the comrades to get their feet under the table. As I've said before, if I wanted to live in a socialist state, I wouldn't have spent the Cold War behind many a ship's bar learning to make the perfect pink gin.
     
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  13. Trade unionism. It would be interesting to know how many people who slag them here are not/ cannot be a member. Therefore have no knowledge. I am a member of unite. I think it's grown too large and detracted from the focus of its original members.
    Recently, the full time official allowed our company to effectively give us a 7k pay cut in order to secure a new facility. The union did **** all to stop this. The works committee was divided and powerless. No one today can strike. Mortgages etc prevent this. We got a 3% pay rise, the board gets 1.5million in share options.
    There is massive disparity there. I know, " count myself lucky I got a rise etc etc". But it still sickens people. And it will only get worse people. Zero hours contracts, drop in employment benefits, reduced holidays, H & S issues. All to come. My company has a Clause written into new contracts that you can be sent home if there's no work and be called in when there is. Good, in concept, but if the inept management cannot get the flow of work right it's always the worker who has to take up the slack.

    I've been a member of unite/ it's predecessor since 1990. Currently they don't have any political aspirations. Unless its Tory. Cos they certainly don't look after its members!!!



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  14. UNITE don't have political aspirations, are you mad?
    They select the Labour M.P's! There wouldn't be a Labour Party if it wasn't for your union.