October 27th, 2011

Pilgrims Harangued

Guido is waiting for the video, but last night’s adjournment debate was certainly one of the more lively ones in recent history. Instead of a backbencher and a Minister discussing seagulls, Aidan Burley’s rampage against the “Spanish practices of taxpayer-funded trade union officials pulled a solid crowd and sent Labour’s union heavies off the scale. Eric Pickles appeared on the frontbench which is a good sign that he will keep his promises…

Burley’s whole speech is here and well worth a read, especially given that the term Pilgrim has now been cemented in official record:

By way of an example, the excellent, independent and non-taxpayer funded campaigning website order-order, or the Guido Fawkes blog, has been highlighting the practice of paying union officials out of the taxpayer purse. Following its campaign, full-time taxpayer-funded trade union officials have become known as “Pilgrims” in the media, after Guido Fawkes exposed one such full-time union rep named Jane Pilgrim as a full-time trade union organiser working in the NHS for Unison. She came to public attention in 2011 after criticising the Government’s health policies. Despite being billed as a nurse, she was found to be a full-time trade union official, being paid £40,000 by the hospital. She is now under investigation by both St George’s hospital and Unison for running a private health consultancy—called The Pilgrim Way—on the side, creating a conflict of interests. As the website states: “There is no justification for the taxpayer paying a lobbying organisation to fight for an unsustainable mess in the interests of a vocal minority group. We don’t pay the arms dealers and the tobacco lobbyists’ staffing bills”.

Guido is tempted to bike a copy of Hansard down to St Georges Tooting…


  1. 1
    jabbathecat says:

    Lol…official recognition, control the cranial swellings Guido.

    • 26
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      As usual with our scumbag politicians though – it’s not what they say it’s what they do. Whilst Burley’s words are welcome expect to see action well watered down.

    • 39
      Tuscan Tony says:

      Well done Guido, that’s gotta merit a few sharpeners this lunchtime. One question, who is this mysterious and shadowy P*ul St*ines to whom he referred?

    • 45

      Oh dear! I feel another tube strike coming on :-(

      • 56
        Selohesra says:

        Perhaps if all the public sector went on strike indefinitely we could identify which roles were actually essential and fill them from private sector – those that were not essential could then p[onder their future at leisure. Meanwhile the deficit would have come down with all those salaries saved on strike days

        • 77
          Mornington Crescent says:

          And at the same time, we can identify which rip-off private sector contracts are essential and bring them back in-house – those that were not essential (£150 to change a light bulb in the NHS, par exemple) could then ponder their future at leisure. Meanwhile the deficit would have come down with all those contracts cancelled.

          • The Paragnostic says:

            And at the same time, we could identify which areas of health and safety are essential and ditch the rest – those that take the piss (not being able to use step-ladders to change a light bulb, for example) could then be consigned to the dustbin of history.

            Meanwhile the deficit would have come down with all that red tape removed.

            I can play the game too!

          • BobRoberts says:

            I quite agree. That stuff is a shocking waste of taxpayers money. Huge piles of it featherbedding corrupt and opportunistic outsourcing companies. I worked for one of them for a while and it was the most awful, inefficient load of junk I’ve ever been in proximity to.

            While we’re at it, a comittee needs to find whoever invented and propagated PFI and kick them in the nuts. Really hard.

          • Gonkione says:

            Ah! The old chaging lightbulb chestnut. Once upon a time bfore elfn safety a sparks could turn up with a mate and a stepladder, set up the steps (the mate would steady them) nip up the ladder, swap the lamp, down again and away. Now a tower must be used with guard rails and possibly a safety harness. Erecting and dismantling the tower takes far longer than changing a light bulb, hence the staggering cost for “changing a lightbulb”. Simples. I must make it clear that I am more for the stepladder and mate method, but then it does keep tower manufacturers and plant hire shops in business so it must help the economy no?

        • 113
          It would have no impact on my life whatsoever says:

          I am certainly in favour of a strike at the BBC

      • 97
        Tony Bliar is a complete cunt says:

        52 grand a year………….Thats a fair bit of money to give up to drive a train…….

        • 133
          The Paragnostic says:

          I can’t remember the exact figure, but London Transport employs 30-odd Pilgrims, and their record of strike free public service is there for all to see.

  2. 2
    Handycock says:

    I don’t see what’s wrong with the taxpayer funding Union Reps. It used to fund me when I was one. I haven’t been in the House recently, because I have not been very well. The truth is they will all take the piss out of me so I am staying away.

  3. 3
    Sir William Waad says:

    My mechanic Wayne says it reminds him of British Leyland in the late 70s, with the shop stewards barricaded into a section of the factory floor where they spent most of the day eating chips, drinking tea, reading the Sun and sending young Wayne on errands to the betting shop. Every now and then they would bring the lads out on a wildcat strike, just to show everybody who was the boss, usually on a Friday afternoon.

    The public sector is 30 or more years behind the times in this respect.

    • 12
      John Prescott says:

      Nothing wrong in eating chips, reading the Sun, getting others to do the work and stirring up a strkie, lad.

      • 18
        Ed ( rest of name withheld ) says:

        I uthed to like the thun until it thwopped thideth. Now ith gathley and Newth Internathional are rotterth.

      • 64
        Porky Pickles says:

        Nay lad tha mun eat thi curries, I luves mi curries carnt get enough

        • 142
          LORD Prescott. says:

          Still got nothing on me – I am the champion expense account muncher.
          Cockles anyone?

    • 22
      Wheeltapper and Shunters Social Club Annual Outing says:

      AND not to forget the wonderful old 1970′s “Spanish Custom” of the Closed-Shop…..one man drilled the hole,another man put the bolt into the hole, another put on the nut,another handed the wrench to another man who tightened the nut….wonderful…and they wonder why the British Car Industry went to the wall…………..could it be that the Japanes employed one to their six…….made cheaper,more reliable and better equipped car as a result…??? And people who weren’t alive then wonder why Thatcher was elected in 1979 ?????

      • 37
        Infuriated of West Mids says:


      • 60
        Moddy Botty says:

        Now then effendi have you ever had the joy of actually working on a production line, no, I thought not, it is mind numbing. The best from of production line management is where all the workers move around all the jobs on the line so that they become competant on every activity on that line, so if there is someone who is ill and cannot work that post can be filled easily, I think that is the Japanese method they work as a team, I believe what is left of the steel industry uses that system. The use of agency workers is ok in numpty jobs but when a production line is involved not a good idea as it takes time to find your way around a large production line.

        • 84
          Lard Presclott says:

          “The best from of production line management is where all the workers move around all the jobs on the line so that they become competent on every activity on that line, so if there is someone who is ill and cannot work that post can be filled easily…”

          Whoa there!! Bollocks to that – that’s a blatant breach of our demarcation agreement!

    • 81
      Jane Pig Grim says:

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        Disgruntled Hard Pressed TAX Payer says:

        Brilliant clip from the film ” I’m alright Jack ” with Terry Thomas & Peter Sellers both were outstanding in the characters they portrayed

        The Fred Kite’s of this world are still alive & well in 2011 and are known as ZanuLieLabour !! Totalitarian Dinosaurs from a by gone age with Prezza being the perfect example of a duplicitous poncing parasite who was caught on camera thumping a member of the Public, & what did his boss, Bliar do, nothing, not even a word of rebuke, wonder what Prezza has on him, he must know where the bodies are buried, yet another ZanuLieLabour cesspit that needs to be reopened & exposed to the public. Of course there will not be a word about any of this on the Biased Broadcasting Company aka BBC or in there house rags Guardian, Independent, Daily Mirror.

    • 141
      NHS Auditor says:

      Go into you local hospital and if your appointment is 09-00hours you will see how the 70′s work practices are in force.
      Reception in place, patients waiting, nurses five minutes late, doctors 10 minutes late and both doctors and nurses waste another 10 minutes on getting tea and coffee for their daily pick me up.

      • 153
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        I consider that the NHS, along with the BBC, are the last Communist constructs in Europe. As age increases, so does infirmity, and I am by necessity a regular attender of early morning clinics out of choice. My local NHS trust may be a world leader in the disemination of HAI, but over the last 2 years, the longest I’ve been kept waiting for an early morning appointment is less than 20 minutes. I can live with that.

    • 159
      bring back the Ital says:

      I presume this was in the halcyon days when The Sun wasn’t against Liebour. Can’t help wondering what the reaction would be now if shop stewards sat on their fat ends and perused an anti-Mili rant.

    • 168
      Gonkione says:

      Thought British Leyland was in the Public sector back then

  4. 4
    Ah! Monika says:

    Yesterday the Commons, today the Sun, where next. But who is doing all this Guido?

  5. 5
    Zweistein says:

    I want funding to defend my own interests, it’s my right.

  6. 6
    Ah! Monika says:

    Ah! Monika says:
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    October 27, 2011 at 8:56 am
    Yesterday the Commons, today the Sun, where next. But who is doing all this Guido or P@ul?

    • 46
      Moddy Botty says:

      A M do not mention the Sun, Murdoch auto bot is active

    • 124
      Zweistein says:

      Also don’t mention I srael or Z ion ism, Gee do’s masters don’t like being criticised..

      • 129
        The Paragnostic says:

        Moderation? I see none…

        Peace in our time, driven by market forces (of course) appears to be a European phenomenon. The Zionists in Israel are watching with interest. Meanwhile, in Staines and outside St Pauls, protesters demand a solution to Wordpress’s inflexible moderation system. Fear not – it is at hand. A cunt called Paragnostic can fix it for you!

      • 166
        Conrad says:

        Anti-semitism is the socialism of fools-August Bebel (German Marxist Politician)

  7. 7
    simon says:

    Will labour at their next conference give Jane Pilgrim an award for services to the labour Party?!

  8. 8
    Ah! Monika says:

    Guido, next a petition to force MPs to turn up to the House for a minimum number of Divisions ( no one in mind of course) or face deselection

    • 40
      Moddy Botty says:

      AM agreed, MPs should be just MPs and nothing else, no toddling off to the Law Courts for a spot of legal jousting or at their real office in law, or any other job they run in paralell with their duties of MP. It has all been proposed before and the little darlings flatly turned it down they must keep their jobbies (English NOT Scottish) MPs not payed enough, hmmm!

      • 58
        Ant E Freeze says:

        Oops! Dimbo Moddy Botty doesn’t know how to spell ‘paid’.

      • 78
        Sir William Waad says:

        On the other hand, we want MPs to have experience of the real world.

        I think it’s a mistake to demand a greater quantity of work from MPs. What we need is greater quality. Careful consideration of new legislation, for instance, would be goos, rather than the shoddily-made, Friday-afternoon junk legislation that’s cranked out now. I would rather they spent 500 hours a year doing something useful than spending 3,000 hours a year in self-publicity, plotting and spinning.

        • 101
          Hugh Janus says:

          With 80% of our laws emanating from the EU, they should have more than enough time on their hands to do what little remains of their jobs quite thoroughly. Fat chance of course. And Call Me Dave’s proposed reduction to a mere 600 of them is tokenism at its very finest.

      • 97
        Wendy Bendy says:

        Professional MPs is something *not* to want. They should all have jobs outside of the Commons, and be paid very very little, with no pension, for what they do inside the Commons. Since Labour MPs are by and large unemployable, it should be fun watching them trying to survive.

        • 130
          The Paragnostic says:

          Let’s bring back rotten boroughs and the property qualification for voters while we’re at it, shall we?

          And who gave bloody women the vote? They should be at home making sure Nanny isn’t torturing the children!

          • Anonymous says:

            Exhibitionist falling under royal horseflesh should have been made a capital offence. Retrospectively, of course. Nobody loves a show-off.

      • 155
        Grumpy Old Man says:

        What’s the point of accusing MP’s with being out of touch with the real world then denying them the chance to remain in contact with the workplace?

  9. 9
    Joe Pubic says:

    I watched his speech, at the point where he mentioned Order Order, there was a little cheer from the government benches.

    Good work Guido.

    • 23
      Spartacus says:

      I was a little uneasy about one of the interventions.

      The MP made a point along the lines that paying government employees as union reps was a practice that acted as a go-between for workforce. And hence avoided conflict.

      This seems to me to be a bit like taking on and pay for the ‘Godfather’s’ Nephew to keep strikes and the like at bay.

      The front bencher in the summing up said this would continue.

      • 93
        NeverRed says:

        The Minister summing up was pathetic and did indeed almost praise ‘some’ Pilgrims carrying out Union work whilst being paid by the taxpayer.

        The government are hopeless on Unions (The Union ‘modernisation’ fund is still being used to siphon money from the taxpayer to the Labour party, and they refuse to allow us a referendum enabling us to get out of th EU and thousands of thieving bastards stealing more of our money.

        • 106
          Hugh Janus says:

          The only thing we are ‘modernising’ is their wretched bank accounts. Get a grip Dave! (It’s no good – I’m wasting my breath again. Is there any part of this failing country that he is willing to upset, apart from his own backbenchers?)

      • 114
        Vito Corleone says:

        That actually used to be one of our more lucrative rackets…

  10. 11
    The TUC says:

    Do it Guido – and congatulations for exposing this racket

  11. 13
    tomfiglio says:

    We may not pay the tobacco lobbyists’ staffing bills, but via the CAP we’re still paying 4,000 euro per hectare to tobacco farmers in Spain.

    • 16
      Moddy Botty says:

      As a non smoker why pay subsidies to tobacco farmers (the Yanks pay their farmers so the Spanish lot want the same) when there is such a demand for wheat, barley and other foods people need food to live, they don’t tobacco to live, except probably Ken Clark.

    • 30
      Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

      ASH however receives funding from the Department of Health.

      • 34
        Taxpayer says:

        So they are all at it. Why does that not make me feel any better?

        • 67
          Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

          On one hand the government is paying to subsidise tobacco farmers through the CAP on the other it is funding fake charities to lobby against smoking.

          And they wonder why we think they are a pack of cnuts

    • 85
      Sir William Waad says:

      Then there’s the enormous, indirect subsidy we pay to Afghan heroin poppy farmers by offshoring opium production and ensuring that the supply of heroin is in the hands of criminals.

    • 104
      The Paragnostic says:

      Not only that, but the resulting tobacco is virtually unsmokable by anybody except Spaniards, Italians and Greeks.

      Now if they were growing good Virginia tobacco, or there were fields of hempen goodness in the wilds of La Mancha, I’d approve…

      • 126
        Cue predictible retord consisting deep fried mars bars blah blah blah says:

        I always imagined you as a yellow fingered nicotined stained smelly old smoker paragnostic, thanks for the confirmation. Do the sheep complain about the smell?

        • 131
          The Paragnostic says:

          The sheep, as I’ve told you before, were all lent to English Lairds to ease the Highland Clearances.

          We never got them back – buggers.

  12. 14
    Moddy Botty says:

    Guido when are you going to put up for election, you would be able to put them all right, how can the tories survive without you, Cammers would be shaking in his boots, no old boy, hail fellow well met and other niceties, a lad from a London Comp, shooting from the hip, reaching up the greasy pole of politics, you would rule them with a rod of iron, no kick backs (tax funded), reduced MPs expenses, no lobby kick backs, my would’t you be the popular one?

  13. 15
    Mike Pollard says:

    As a Unite representative, im proud “To be a PILGRIM”

  14. 17
    Pissed off voter says:

    Congratulations Guido on a job well done. Still a way to go but without your promotion this would have continued and probably even expanded. Great work.

    • 41
      Andrew Efiong says:

      Top work Guido. You’ve flushed out these shirkers and they’re on the run now!

      Indeed you could end up saving the taxpayers millions and improving public services all in one go. Not bad at all.

      • 105
        Moddy Botty says:

        Now then what more do want Guido, I am trying to get you elected to the House of the subsidised bars and restaurants

      • 116
        Hugh Janus says:

        Not so fast EF. When (if?) one scam closes another six will not be far behind.

  15. 21
    You got more mouth than a cows got cunt says:

    One simple solution to this is to get the unions to reimburse the public body for the salary costs of the union rep. Job done. I should be in PR.

  16. 27
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    But these Pilgims are un-emlpoyble in the real world!

    • 36
      Taxpayer says:

      There is nothing stopping the unions giving them jobs if the unions want to spend their members’ union dues on that.

  17. 31

    I’m all right Jack – The call of the Union Member!

    • 145
      Pissed off voter says:

      That is plain wrong. Majority of union members are decent ordinary people and there is an important and valuable role for unions. Tragically but predictably the union herarchy have grown more and more corrupt over time – just like the so-called political elite – and that’s where you should direct your ire.

  18. 33
    Lay down your life for the Euro? says:

    Angela Merkel threatens war.

    If the euro fails, Europe fails. We have a ­ historical obligation: To protect by all means Europe’s unification process begun by our forefathers after ­centuries of hatred and blood spill. None of us can foresee what the consequences would be if we were to fail.


    • 61
      Selohesra says:

      We’ve thrashed them twice before – we can do it again

    • 82
      Gormless Ed the silly loon says:

      We should all bellyfeel the EU SSR.

      Consider, for example, such a typical sentence from a Times leading article as “Oldthinkers unbellyfeel Ingsoc.” The shortest rendering one could make of this in Oldspeak would be: “Those whose ideas were formed before the Revolution cannot have a full emotional understanding of the principles of English Socialism.” But this is not an adequate translation. … Only a person thoroughly grounded in Ingsoc could appreciate the full force of the word bellyfeel, which implied a blind, enthusiastic, and casual acceptance difficult to imagine today.

      Ed the unstatesman

    • 83
      Ah! Monika says:

      War Bonds anyone?

  19. 35
    Billy Bowden is the world's greatest umpire! says:

    I repeat this manta over and over again.

    “No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.” Guido Fawkes

    • 102
      The Golem says:

      Surely, with a few honourable exceptions, this description could apply to most of the time servers on both sides of the aisle?

  20. 38
    Silly Old Fool says:

    “Guido is tempted to bike a copy of Hansard down to St Georges Tooting”

    Put your cycle clips on, don’t want your trousers catching in the pedal and chain.

    • 54
      Boris says:

      Crikey! No you don’t! That happened to me once, old fruit. Ripped the old pantaloons right off, it did.

      Fortunately the rozzers accepted my explanation…

  21. 47
    Anonymous says:

    “…We don’t pay the arms dealers and the tobacco lobbyists’ staffing bills”.

    No, Mr Tory MP. They generally pay yours though.

    • 51

      “…We don’t pay the arms dealers and the tobacco lobbyists’ staffing bills”.

      No..we expect those lobbiers to pay for ours. Isn’t that so Mr Werrity?

  22. 49
    Well it's a thought says:

    The only thing that will happen is, they will see how much the value of the PR is, check they don’t have something similar going on and do nothing unless the PR says they could get a few more voting points, same crowd different colour rosettes.

  23. 52
    Pa*l St*in*s says:

    Tory scumbags

    It turns out the author of the report calling for unfair dismissal to be scrapped is the owner of Wonga.com. “A recent probe by the consumer watchdog Which? found it quoted £36.72 interest on a 30-day loan of £100 – equivalent to a 4,394 per cent annual interest rate. Mr Beecroft was called in by Steve Hilton, the Prime Minister’s policy chief, to conduct the “blue skies thinking” on employment legislation

    Bastards the lot of them

    • 59
      Taxpayer says:

      Surely those sorts of interest rates are illegal.

      • 91
        The EdiBall Crab says:

        Why would they be? It’s not like you can”t borrow to pay off the interest if you have to. Doh.

      • 118
        Ah! Monika says:

        Why should they be.

        If you are broke, no bank account, no credit history and you needed immediate cash to visit a sick relative by train, where else are you going to get the funds. And how certain is the lender that he/ she will get the money back? Do the sums. If you can do better, what’s stopping you.

    • 109
      Ah! Monika says:

      How much would you charge?

    • 122
      The Paragnostic says:

      Must have been a deep and highly investigative probe if they found a quote for interest. The site tells you it’s only for short term loans, and tells you what it will cost you. If you want to pay your pound of flesh, then you do – if not, you deal with your issues some other way.

      OK, so these are usurious scumbags, but they only lend up to their capital – unlike the other usurious scumbags who lend a multiple of their capital and still charge unjustifiable interest rates.

      One approach is good, honest loan-sharking, while the second is fractional reserve banking. Both are legal, while “Which” frowns on only one.

      For what it’s worth, I think they’re all cunts, but then I never borrow money.

    • 143
      BobRoberts says:

      Terrible market research factoid with those sites as well… apparantly 1 in 5 households in the UK has used a payday lender in the last 12 months. I find that quite terrifying… guess they’re trying to push that number up a bit!

  24. 57
    Pa*l St*in*s says:

    “No amount of cajolery, and no attempts at ethical or social seduction, can eradicate from my heart a deep burning hatred for the Tory Party. So far as I am concerned they are lower than vermin.”

    • 148
      **u* **a**r* says:

      Don’t worry old cock he’s only a young lad trying to make a name for himself, he wants to be the PM but he has to build a following so that the Cons will offer him a nice safe seat in the London area but they may just let him try Hull for starters.

  25. 63
    nell says:

    Congratulations Guido/Neo Guido. Job well done!

    By the by – if we are paying these pilgrims betweern £70 and £80 million a year to stop strikes – why are we being promised union disruption in November?

    Doesn’t seem to me that the £80million is being well spent.

    • 125
      Hugh Janus says:

      Any PM with balls would reward the unions fomenting the November strikes with instant removal of the ludicrous ‘modernisation grants’ that we are all paying for. Succour to the enemy!

  26. 65
    Inspector Of Taxes says:

    “By way of an example, the excellent, independent and non-taxpayer funded campaigning website order-order, or the Guido Fawkes blog, has been highlighting the practice of paying union.”

    It is understood that this blog is administered by a Nevis registered company,Global and General Nominees.
    To date it has not paid a penny in Uk corporation tax.

    What a shyster !!!

  27. 66
    Michael Heseltine says:

    Me Tarzan. You Jane are screwed!

  28. 73
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:
    • 94
      Prezza says:

      I’ll have the seafood special!

    • 95
      Lard Pressclott of Bulimia, Jags 'n' Shags says:

      Taxpayer funded fish and chips ?? Bring it on by the van load !!

    • 96
      Nunner says:

      Prescott is a fat arsehole – does the fat fucker think that pissing tax payers money up the wall is a joke

      If you did that in the private sector you would go to jail

      • 111
        Lard Pressclott says:

        That’s why I have stayed firmly attached to the Taxpayers’ teat all these years. Liebour politicos don’t do resignations. We just l’learn the lessons, draw a line under it, move on and get on with the job’.

  29. 80
    The last quango in Paris says:

    Well done Guido and thank you. There is a road around here called ‘pilgrims way’ – lets have a virtual commune there we can ship them all off to.

    • 158
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      There’s a road round here called Pilgrim’s Way as well. We can give them a choice of virtual communes.

  30. 86
    Go Now says:

    Good to see the chancellor of St pauls has been resigned.

  31. 99
    Petitioniste says:

    Nearly 8000 signatures for the EU second leg petition


  32. 100
    Ah! Monika says:

    More PR. Guido’s on a role

    Order, order! MPs swap punches and insults in Italian parliament over pension reforms

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2053912/Punch-ups-Italian-parliament-threadbare-new-austerity-measures-fail-ease-markets.html#ixzz1byK9ZiKj

  33. 110
    Jaclyn says:

    Excellent work – most union representatives take the Michael! As a former council worker it was rife. Having meetings with members of staff who felt they were being unfairly treated was a weekly occurrence. Then of course there were the good union reps who did look after their members sensibly.

    It is such a shame that this woman has set herself out a Pilgrimage of shame!

    • 150
      Moddy Botty says:

      I bet members of staff were the same each time and the managers were the same most of the time, I bet some of the union reps. groaned inside when the same ones coming to make a complaint. Some managers should not have been managers they just became little Napoleons. In the place I used to work for only 31/2 years it was strange to see the carryings on it seemed like scenes from I’m All Right Jack, but I have to admit very little striking took place, union reps seemed to get promoted to managers or were made redundant.

  34. 115
    Mystick1 says:

    Why should these thieving scumbags have credit cards paid by the tax payers ? Should be stopped immediately. And Lord 2-jags 2-Shags Prescott should pay back the money from his Australian jolly.

  35. 121
    Shocked! says:

    No news from Brussels then.

  36. 135
    They're all the same says:

    Full time union officials are good for the TUC unions, bad for the interests of labour (note the small ‘L’).

    Many employers (public and private) would actually rather deal with a devil-you-know Union bureaucrat than have to confront a strong and disciplined rank and file.

    Be careful what you wish for.

  37. 136
    Thatcher's Iron Stiletto says:

    A good adjournment debate, but effectively fruitless.

    The Lib Dems or the current Tory leadership will not dare to take on the the Unions. Especially not until after the olympics. Frankly it is the most disgusting abuse of public money out there. I’d rather see all £86 million (and lets face it, it’s a lot more than than that), go to the Arms dealers benevolence fund.

    What are the government scared of? The public are backing any slashing reform of the Unions. It could be a unifying battle for the Tories, that everybody could get behind and feel good about.

    • 137
      Anonymous says:

      I don’t think the public are even aware of the money that goes to the unions via the modernisation fund etc.

      This point should be made again, and again.

      “If you have an important point to make, don’t try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time – a tremendous whack.”

  38. 138
    Pistoff says:

    I suspect that the organisations that have pilgrims on the payroll (public sector-where most of the strikes are) will also have much higher numbers of HR staff per employee compared with the private sector. This would be because they have to pander to the pilgrims, hold endless consultations and meetingswith them and generally waste time and money (ours)!

  39. 144
    John Merrick says:

    After all the back slapping in the previous comments, I thought I would raise a legitimate point. Who funds you Guido? Do you publish your accounts? There’s no way Guido and Neo-Guido are paid solely from the advertising on this website. I would be surprised if that earns you more than 5k a year.

  40. 165
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Nice to be a Pilgrim. They are all over Europe in different disguises. Carry on and hammer them hard.

  41. 169
    Pinochet says:

    Can Guido start a Petition to bring back hanging for Bob Crow, please.

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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”

orkneylad says:

What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?

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