November 22nd, 2010

Will “Red Len” Be “All In It Together”?

Given the recession has financially crippled thousands of small businesses and seen pay freezes and cuts across the public sector, two people didn’t do too badly during the crisis. The outgoing Unite co-General Secretaries Tony Woodley and Derek Simpson will leave their jobs in charge of the super-union very rich men. Derek Simpson was on £196,497 if you add up car, salary, and perks etc. Poor Tony Woodley only managed to squeeze £135,330 a year out of the worker’s membership subs. Since 2007 they have seen a eye-watering 56% and 62% pay-rises respectfully, unheard of in the real world. Given that the average salary in the UK is somewhere around £25,000, the union-fat cat copy writes itself.

The newly elected Len “there is no such thing as an irresponsible strikeMcCluskey is a Che loving militant-hardliner, who wears his man of the people credentials on his sleeve. If Ed Miliband wants to distance himself from the union that gave him his job he might have a bit of a challenge with this one, McCluskey was a big player in the BA strikes.

The real question though is will “Red Len” take a massive pay-cut before he mans the barricades and leads the charge?


121 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Bloody socialists

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    • 2
      Old Tory Bigot says:

      God man – do you never sleep?

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      • 21
        fuck them all says:

        They’re just taking their cues from bankers, politicians, BBC execs, other media whores and the rest of the vermin who have spectacularly wrecked the country.

        We’re all in it together!

        Civil war please.

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          Méfiez-vous des Geeks portant GIFs says:

          These treacherous union vermin are indeed part of the cabal of the glutton and entitled that preach polemic to distract the workers, while they gorge on the thievery of the union tithe to live lavish lifestyles that these gurning Judases falsely promise to those that blindly pay.

          Still, I have a free pressie to give to the BBC – give a big welcome to Pudsey’s new friend.

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    • 8
      Hugh Janus says:

      First – again! (although I agree wholeheartedly with this view).

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    • 40
      Up sh1t creek says:

      How many union subs just for Bob Crow’s 2010 pay rise?

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    • 64
      Peter Grimes says:

      Fuck all ‘respectful’ about it!

      They are taking the piss, but didn’t they always!!

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    • 77
      Anonymous says:

      Lots of private sector bosses gets 60% pay rise in a year! Boris Johnson said this kind of money is chicken feed.

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      • 90
        smoggie says:

        Go on then, name some.

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        • 103
          Anonymous says:

          Just do a search on the internet

          “The bosses of Britain’s 100 biggest companies are enjoying lavish pay rises despite the economic crisis.

          Every little helps: Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy has enjopyed bumper pay deals.
          WANT TO KNOW MORE?
          King admits failing to rein in fat cats
          Fat cats under the spotlight over pay
          FTSE LATEST
          5683.86-48.97
          Senior directors of companies in the FTSE 100 saw their total earnings jump by 55% in a year. The chief executives of blue-chip firms such as Tesco and Marks & Spencer took home an average of £4.9m, according to a report published today.
          Bart Becht, the head of Reckitt Benckiser, which owns brands such as Nurofen, Cillit Bang and Vanish, received £93m last year.

          Other top earners included Mick Davis, chief executive of mining group Xstrata, who took home £25.5m.

          Michael Spencer, the former Tory treasurer and chief executive of financial broker ICAP, enjoyed a package of £24.3m last year, up from £6.7m the year before.

          The pay deals for the biggest companies’ bosses came as hard-pressed workers faced wage freezes or cuts and redundancy.”

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          • annnnonyperson says:

            So! Out of his own, Socialist mouth! The truth! There IS no fucking difference between the bosses and the fucking trade union czars! Talk about Champagne Socialists!

            Who is supposed to be looking after the interests of the workers? Certainly not the Champagne Socialist elite! FFS!!

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    • 108
      john in cheshre says:

      Why are bad people always so ugly?

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    • 111
      Airey Belvoir says:

      “56 and 62 per cent pay rises respectfully’ – I think you mean ‘respectively’, Guido, you semi-literate old thing.

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  2. 3

    Fucking hell! What an ugly c*nt!

    Even his mother must have got tired of looking at that.

    Fist clenching too…..well hard! I imagine that fist (when greased) will be inserted firmly into Milliband E’s rectum and make him a good little glovepuppet.

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  3. 4
    Centre Parting says:

    Tony’s had his teeth done – probably not on the NHS.

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  4. 5
    anonymouse says:

    No, in a productivity deal he will add the two salaries together and pocket £300,000 a year, saving the union £25,000.

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  5. 7
    Hugh Janus says:

    “Poor Tony Woodley only managed to squeeze £135,330 a year out of the membership subs.”

    My heart bleeds for such a grave injustice. Don’t forget though the NuLiebour scam of modernisation grants, where taxpayers’ money was handed over to their chums in the unions to keep them sweet (and some of which was then handed to NuLiebour as contributions to party funds).

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    • 32
      forked tongue blog says:

      At least only the members are paying for his largesse!

      We’re all paying for the spineless Conservative’s largesse and their sphincter positioning tactics eastwards toward Brussels.

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Red len in the union

    Red Ken to stand in London

    Red Ed leader of that rable

    I think its safe to say the loony left are back , Now if only there was a right wing party ………….

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    • 51
      pissed off says:

      Red George in the Treasury too, spunking other people’s money away like their is no tomorrow.

      Much more of this and there won’t be a tomorrow worth going to work for. Why am I paying taxes for these bastards to waste? What is the point in working my tits off?

      What a brilliant example the government is setting everyone else. Massive rewards for failure for banks and everyone else can go swing.

      They’ll be the ones swinging, from lampposts and not a moment too soon.

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  7. 11
    Old Tory Bigot says:

    This hune wants UNITE to absorb as many other unions as possible. He wants to be the dictator of an all powerful super-union. That would be lovely, wouldn’t it.

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  8. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Reds aint under the bed, they are in it! And we are about to be kicked out the other side.
    Nice country, not!

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    Dick the Prick says:

    Bob Crow was just on the Faily Politics show and, to be fair to the lad (as much as possible) he quite openly stated his salary yet Andrew Neil was whinging about his own. I couldn’t give 2 fucks how much Crow earns but Andrew Neil is a tax payer funded parasite. Hypocrisy? From the Beeb? Surely not.

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    • 22
      Andrew Neil says:

      my hair alone costs the taxpayer the entire licence fee payments of crewe!

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    • 24
      jgm2 says:

      But Bob Crow merely stating his salary won’t be the full picture. Just as if you ask a b*nker his salary you won’t be getting the full picture. It’s the bonus (or, in the case of union leaders and MPs, the ‘allowances’ ) that constitute the real money.

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      • 39
        Dick the Prick says:

        Yeah, fair enough but Neil just irritates the hell out of me. Last week he was wibbling on about ‘the ministry of truth’ or some such gibberish when politicians didn’t answer questions to his satisfaction yet as soon as he’s hit with a perfectly reasonable response it becomes ‘none of your fucking business, sunshine, i’m underpaid for my valuable contribution to the fucking nation’.

        Not sticking up for Crow or anything as if daft gits want to pay his wages that’s their perogative whereas Mrs Miggins keeps Neil in his lavish lifestyle and conceited chateux.

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      • 46
        Anonymous says:

        I wonder how much Coulson’s bonus is. Whatever it is he doesn’t deserve it, nor a penny of his salary.

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    • 28
      Lavrentiy McCluskey says:

      The Unions are also partly funded by the Taxpayer. There are several mechanisms through which disgusting, hypocritical, parasitical oppression can be perpetrated against the workers by showers of total fucking shits like Woodley, Simpson, McCluskey etc.

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    • 31
      Kit Kat says:

      So was Kitty (expenses) Usher now working for demos. Seems to agree with most of what the coalition is doing. A funny old world.

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      • 75
        Vaughn Williams says:

        Why would she disagree? The continuity Red Tory party, are doing precisely what Zanu did before them. The only change has been the personnel and the speed of the accelerator pedal to destruction.

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    • 97
      Baroness Thatcher says:

      Do you really believe that Bob Crow’s members earn their income from train companies entirely free of subsidy?

      Crow’s bullying tactics would be less effective (and braver) if London commuters had a real alternative to London Underground. Its easy to hold the consumer to ranson if you hold a monopoly which is why they are not allowed to be established in the commercial world.

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    • 121
      Archie says:

      Same with Dimblebore on Any Qs a couple of weeks ago!

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  11. 17
    gar har barff says:

    Whenever one of these dirty union bastards talk, you here the filthy vomit accent of some shit from Liverpool or Scotland.

    1. We should build a big wall round Liverpool and throw in millions of plague rats.

    2. We should nuke Scotchland and then carpet bomb the survivors.

    It’s about time politicians did the right thing and started exterminating the vermin from Liverpool and Scotchland.

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  12. 18
    Lavrentiy McCluskey says:

    You should all be shot.

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  13. 19
    Bob Crow actually talks a bit of sense. says:

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    • 99
      Vaughn Williams says:

      Crow is a stooge and the No2EU movement, which magically disappeared after the election, were just feeble establishment trick to attempt a split in the widespread anti EU sentiment within the country. No2EU website has not even been updated for over a year. Crow will probably end up like Kinnockio, lording it over the peasants he pretends to fight for, from some EU sinecure.

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  14. 20
    Up sh1t creek says:

    We’re all in it together, £7bn of borrowed money to prop up the failing Euro currency. What a bargain the Tories gave the UK taxpayers. Just let the Euro fail, stop trying to put off the inevitable.

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    • 25
      Court of Public Opinion says:

      Ooh, I say, that’s rather off-message.

      He speaks for the country though even if it is out of one side of his mouth.

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  15. 23
    Sir William Waad says:

    His real name is Nigel d’Alembert-Trumpington-Smythe but he changed it to ‘Len McCluskey’ out of his fascination with the 1970s.

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  16. 27
    andre neil says:

    i am a tory

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  17. 29
    Ed Militant says:

    I’m just a silly boy!

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  18. 30
    Engineer says:

    Juliet Samuels’ City AM article is worth a read for the basic facts it contains, and for the McCluskey quotes. The election turnout of 16% speaks volumes.

    Whilst setting the world to rights with some mates yesterday, the subject of unionism came up. A point made by an older engineering hand was that even during the worst of the union militancy of the ’60s and ’70s, all anybody needed to be the works convenor was a large mouth, mainly because nobody else wanted the job.

    Herein lies an oft-hidden truth – the voice of the unions often represents very few people; the majority would rather get on with earning a pay-packet unless things are grossly unfair.

    McCluskey will undoubtedly bluster. He may call strikes, and may cause some disruption, but in the end, he will probably prove to be a rather toothless dinosaur.

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  19. 34
    The Sad Englander (now having a good drink) says:

    Not a chance, he will milk it for all it’s worth then bugger off to some small warm island and retire, leaving the real workers to rot.

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    chicken ball? says:

    Is Derek Simpson is a woman?

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      Axe The Telly Tax says:

      Speaking of feckin crooked Labour scum, when does Elliot Morley’s trial start?

      I thought he was due in Court today.

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    • 59
      Fred and Dave Bonkers says:

      We own you now, Philly boy.

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    • 78
      streamfisher says:

      Klingon using his cloak of legal invisibility, Captain Kirk says: Up to their usual tricks, beam me up Scotty, but gently this time.., warp factor 2.

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  22. 45
    Alfiebengal says:

    I think you forgot the pension pots Guido, I’ll bet that’s where the real benefits are………………

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    • 56
      British tax payer says:

      Check out the bankers’ pension pots too. There is probably more than enough to pay the Irish debt two-fold.

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  23. 53
    Two Ed's are better than one. says:

    Which Ed speaks for Labour?

    Red Ed or Bollock Ed?

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    • 66
      Dave says:

      Private schools are worse they can cost you an arm and a leg

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    • 68
      BBC Controller says:

      We’re not sure how this one slipped through.

      If a noble and friendly country would care to complain, we’d be happy to resile from our stated broadcast position…

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      • 79
        Anonymous says:

        Don’t panic. The producers will blame the white British for the atmosphere of distrust that causes these poor people to resort to this.

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    • 83
      Rough Justice says:

      Nowt wrong with Shariah Law, we won’t see it in this country mind. Parliament would be full of MPs hopping around on one foot and holding their papers in their hooks.

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  25. 60
    A word of moderation says:

    Just a suggestion Guido why not add Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! to your Auto Moderator? Just about every other word in the Englash Language is already in it.

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  26. 61
    Ken ( 'pond life' ) Livingscum says:

    Red Len and Red Ed !! Come and join Red Ken !!

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  27. 62
    streamfisher says:

    Why do these people always look like descendants of the Kray twins? or to go back further in time just a little bit Neanderthal, has poor little snotty nosed naive Ed Milliband not realised he has been given an offer he can never refuse.

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  28. 63
    Barmy Army says:

    Guido , Give us a wave , Guido Guido give us a wave !!!!!

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  29. 65
    NotW_Scumbag says:

    Nothing respectful about this rip-off of TU members.

    In other news : are we going to see a crackdown on the religion of hate ?

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    • 105
      Vaughn Williams says:

      No, just twitching of the curtains, before the usual suspects are wheeled before the media to explain how everything has now been sorted and is tickety boo…..Until the next time.

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  30. 67
    Dack Blog says:

    They’re all as bad as each other shock horror.

    Grant Shapps has that ‘smiley convincing a la Chris Grayling interview face’. A teller that he knows he’s talking bollocks.

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  31. 73
    Anonymous says:

    Question

    Who fought the British for hundreds of years and won?

    And who fought the Germans for a week and lost?

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  32. 74
    Beyond the Crash: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation. says:

    Gordon is going to launch his book at the LSE on 7th December. To an audience of economists only.

    http://www.cityam.com/the-capitalist/quiet-book-launch-brown-only-profs-0

    An unfortunate title by Crash Gordon though.

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    • 84
      streamfisher says:

      They should get Frodo to launch it into the crack of Doom.

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    • 93
      Sir William Waad says:

      “Beyond the Crass” pretty much sums up Gordon’s Premiership.

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    • 98
      Phil says:

      Arrogant scot’s bar-steward, suffering from delusions of infallibility,lecturing to a herd of likeminded cretins on a busmans holiday who incidentally all failed to spot the boom or the crash although only one, no prizes for guessing, claimed that there would never be either because he said so.

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    • 101
      AC1 says:

      I went to see De Soto talk at the LSE, and whilst I agreed with his analysis of what went wrong (regulatory debt) I totally disagreed with his cure, 100% reserve banking.

      However Gordo the Moron unveiling his “book” will be like a 3 year old bringing home a painting from nursery.

      He was never clever, I don’t know how the MSM got that lie for so long.

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    • 104
      Baroness Thatcher says:

      So, lets have a competition to guess the catastrophe that will be visited on the LSE after the curse is laid.

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  33. 80
    Jimmy Hoffa says:

    Is the awful Drome MP husband of Mad Hattie still on the Unite payroll ?

    Can’t find anything on the internet on this…

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  34. 85
    Ed Miliband says:

    Er…..

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  35. 87
    Jack says:

    Guido

    Two points

    This means that the Loony Left Red Len controls the 100 odd Unite/Teamsters sponsored MPs in the House of Commons..

    It also explains how Red Ed became Leader of the Labour Party

    http://waugh.standard.co.uk/2010/09/how-charlie-whelan-co-swung-it-for-ed-mili.html

    This is exactly the sort of power the unions had in the 70s…which destroyed Old Labour…let(s hope for a repeat act…

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  36. 95
    Pat says:

    Gutted for the Irish people.

    Dick Roach et al should be hung for treason – that smug bastard & his cronies sold his people into EU slavery for ever.

    No chance of a third vote on Lisbon?

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  37. 96
    Anonymous says:

    Given that the average salary in the UK is somewhere around £25,000, the union-fat cat copy writes itself.

    What is the average banker’s salary?
    Do they deserve it?

    What is the average politician’s salary?
    Do they deserve it?

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    • 107
      Voice of Treason says:

      The average salary is highly misleading. There are hundreds of thousands on much less. It’s like the law of averages: With your head in a hot oven and your feet in a bucket of ice, on average you feel fine.

      And the unions workers only have themselves to blame for taking notice of these hypocritical and grossly overpaid leaders. Just like all the Scargills, the Woodleys, Simpsons and Crows etc of the world they suck the workers dry while living the good life themselves.

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  38. 109

    C’mon, lets crack open another bottle of bolly and march on westminster – “It’s off to trough we go.. yo ho ho ho!”

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  39. 110
    LOOK WHO'S BACK says:

    Look Who is coming back….

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/2010/11/21/former-pm-gordon-brown-joins-labour-campaign-trail-for-holyrood-battle-86908-22729338/

    The comments have been heavily edited because , well, not one was complimentary.

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  40. 112
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    There is no need for these big union troughing and I don’t know why the rank-and-file tolerate it.

    Fellow libertarians will recall that when the pre-war Spanish anarcho-syndicalist movement, Confederación Nacional del Trabajo, had over a million members, it functioned one part-time paid official.

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  41. 114
    Union Twatter says:

    Rite you lot it’s beer and sarnies at no 10 – er fuck that – actually it’s steak and chips with all the trimmings nowadays you don’t think I am gonna eat some rancid curled up bloater paste sarnie do ya? I’ll be telling the PM that if he starts any of this cuts bollocks he’ll have a national strike on his hands! Got nothing to lose, have I? It’s not like my generous salary suddenly stops when all the bruvvers and sistaz are on strike!

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  42. 119
    JohnBellingham says:

    Why do all of these union leaders look just like thugs from a Guy Richie movie?
    Do they have any connections with organised criminal gangs apart from the Labour Party?

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