November 9th, 2011

Union Funded Labour MPs Blocking Debate on Union Funding

The parliamentary campaign against Pilgrims is hotting up. After the bombastic adjournment debate two weeks ago, yesterday plans for full three-hour debate on the issue was put to the Backbench Business Committee. The proposal from Jesse Norman was rejected, despite support from the LibDems and the DUP. Funnily enough no Labour MP would support the idea of debate, which is hardly surprising given how their last attempt to defend the practice of taxpayer funding of trade unions went…

Instead of shouting “prick” and “twat” from the sidelines, if Labour MPs really feel that we should pick up the tab for the unions, then at least have the balls to say it…


  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Episode six, the Umpire strikes back) also in Cunt3DHDTV says:

    You sound suprised.

  2. 2
    Dave II says:

    Labour and integrity are not good bed fellows

  3. 3
    Jane Pilgrim says:

    You know..I’ve been thinking. If I had just kept my big, fat mouth shut, none of this would have happened.

    Oh well..back to not feeding patients and plotting industrial action.

  4. 4
    Dick the Prick says:

    Whores. That is all

  5. 5
    Labour M.P.'s says:


  6. 6
    Labour M.P.'s says:


  7. 7
    Elby The Berserk says:

    Blog’s gone all weird, like it is 1993 and Netscape. Plain white background, next to no graphics, no right hand side bar. Same on latest Chrome and Firefox & IE

  8. 8
    t says:

    This is now infecting Democracies throughout the continent. Time for a Caucasian spring methinks. After the chilly winter of course

  9. 9
    jgm2 says:

    Thank fuck – it’s not just my computer then.

  10. 10
    Call me Infidel says:

    The union funded Pilgrim hackers have buggered the site up!

  11. 11
    Steve Miliband says:

    Must be Italian

  12. 12
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    When it went all white-text I rekoned it was a missing style sheet, perhaps loaded from a different server. I think this whiteness could be caused by the same sort of thing.

  13. 13
    Union Modernisation Fund says:

    Nothing to see here.. move along.


  14. 14
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    These Dishonourable Pratts, Pricks and Twats could do with Thatcher Handbags.

  15. 15
    Disgusted of sink estate says:

    These pilgrims save the taxpayer a fortune in lawsuits in the NHS – Instead of killing patients they are away on union business – Good value I say!

  16. 16
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Episode six, the Umpire strikes back) also in Cunt3DHDTV says:

    Its a Mossad plot!

  17. 17
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Yep – pretty sure that is the problem, I just checked.

  18. 18
    sceptical says:

    It’s a cyber-attack – I blame Chris Huhne

  19. 19
    Evie Lennon says:

    I don’t like this ‘new’ page. What can I do to get the other one back please?

  20. 20
    misterned says:

    We are experiencing .1% of the guaranteed 99.9% service level agreement. CSS server at WordPress HQ is br0keN

  21. 21
    AC1 says:

    The CSS servers and have gone down.

  22. 22
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! (Episode six, the Umpire strikes back) also in Cunt3DHDTV says:

    Just to say, i aint having any problems, looks normal from my end….

  23. 23
    Casual Bystander says:

    Chilly? If this mild weather keeps up energy companies will be putting their prices up to maintain the profits.

  24. 24
    Aaron D Highside says:

    Punctuation 0/10. Labour voter?

  25. 25
    AC1 says:

    Handy, especially if you’re a web-dev.

  26. 26
    misterned says:

    However, the CSS at WordPress hosted wattsupwiththat is just fine…


  27. 27
    Eee Uuu Dictatorship, the last evil empire says:

    This Labour filth needs to be identified and fired, we can’t afford luxuries like this anymore. Any Public Sector Parasite Manager supporting a Filthy Pilgrim should also be fired.

  28. 28
    Aaron D Highside says:

    Just click the ‘refresh’ button.

  29. 29
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Oh no. the disaster. For the next ten minutes the ruling classes across the UK and world will do exactly as they please without us whinging and bitching. We’re dooomed.

  30. 30
    AC1 says:

    “Winterval” comes early..

    Watch out for the BBC “state funeral” treatment.

  31. 31
    carry on up william hague says:

    Some mong has been given t’ keys to t’blog

  32. 32
    The "It wasn't me" defence says:

    Nobody in the Labour Party wishes to debate this issue..but then again considering most of them are hypocrits why is that not surprising…it’s all a bit like them claiming that the mess on immigration;the deficit’benefits etc was nothing to do with them…..after all they were just the government for 13 years wheras the Coalition have been in government for 18 months so everything is down to them….none of the Labour leadership have the guts to actually get up and defend their funding from the unions and the fact that their leader is a placeman of the biggest union and the fact that the majority of the PLP voted for his brother ………

  33. 33
    Chris Huhne says:

    It wasn’t me, it was my wife.

  34. 34
    Cash for debate says:

    But this is pure corruption. It is just as bad if not worse than the expenses scandal.

    in fact it is much worse as not only are these Labour MPs accepting union money to block a debate they are also denying their constituents democracy.

  35. 35
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Don’t forget to meet the industry standard for making infirm patients shit in their beds.

  36. 36
    Civil Servant says:

    The government have no plans to change this, so it’s just a bunch of Tory backbenchers pissing into the wind.

  37. 37
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Theres nothing official that says what his condition is, is there?

    “According to sources that have provided me privileged information”

  38. 38
    MrAngry61 says:

    I just wish that someone would actually attempt to justify pilgrims – at the moment Labour seem to be in panic (discovered with hands in the till) mode.

  39. 39
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    @ SP4. Wild and sustained applause.

  40. 40
    Eee Uuu Dictatorship, the last evil empire says:

    Don’t get old in England the NHS will kill you, the Government will rob you, the Utilities will freeze you, the Council will bankrupt you the benefit spongers and immigrants will laugh at your stupidity in doing the right thing.

  41. 41
    A Labour SpAd says:

    Ashcroft, Ashcroft, Ashcroft!. Ashcroft, Ashcroft, Ashcroft!! Ashcroft, Ashcroft, Ashcroft!!!

  42. 42
    misterned says:

    I do hope Chavez lives long enough to reach the start of the London Mayoral election. Then dies in the week before polling.

    There is no way Ken Livingstone could resist eulogising for the lefty hero.

  43. 43

    Italy’s bond yields have risen to 7.02%


  44. 44
    Tax Payer says:

    But, even on billions of Euro’s, a few tenths of a % difference can’t be that much money? It’s a big economy we’re talking about?

  45. 45
    AC1 says:

    It’s up to you to believe it or not.

    I posted it as it seems to fit with the prognosis (metastatic bowel cancer).

  46. 46
    Call me Infidel says:

    I thought he was getting the best (socialist) medical care money could buy in the Cuban people’s socialist paradise? Surely they must have cured him?

  47. 47
    Grumpy Old Man says:


  48. 48
    Selohesra says:

    This could be the beginning of the end

  49. 49
    Tax Payer says:

    The article says he’s been refusing treatment.

  50. 50
    AC1 says:

    Still WAY too low.

  51. 51
  52. 52
    Jess The Dog says:

    Stop political parties getting ANY money other than membership subscription.

  53. 53

    Every other Eurozone country, which has breached 7%, has gone cap in hand to the IMF requesting a bailout.

  54. 54
    Tax Payer says:

    Yeah, 0.1% on 1 billion is 1 million. That’s small change for a big economy?

  55. 55
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    There’s a simple solution to this and many of the problems faceing the English right now, and that’s sort out the BIAS at the B-bbc.

    If many of these things were given an even handed airing on the nations mindset determinator, they wouldn’t be able to carry on with anything like the arogance with which they do.

    But that ain’t gonna happen.

  56. 56
    The Paragnostic says:

    Quick! Get Sherlock Holmes!

    He’s got a 7% solution…

  57. 57
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Same reason that Tories are against the Tobin tax, I assume.

  58. 58
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Well … on the same subject, where do you get “metastatic” from?
    You’ve mentioned it before and I haven’t questioned it you know- where does that info come from?

    ( and anyway: even if one has secondary cancers, the outcome depends on how aggressive it is and how inconvenient the location its lodged is)

  59. 59
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    You’re probably right. The constant anti-union, anti-strike and pro-capitalist bias at the BBC has been going strong since the 1926 General Strike and shows n sign of ending. But how are we going to do it?

  60. 60
    Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, says:

    Schools must not produce winners.

  61. 61
    The left need to get "real" says:

    For the UK to unilaterally bring in a “Tobin Tax” when the USA for one is dead set against it would be economic suicide result in mass emigration of banks from the City and resuult in thousands in the financial services being made redundant(and NOT all of them are on £1 million bonuses..there are a lot of ordinary clerks earning not much than £15k p.a. and receiving around £500 pa bonuses

  62. 62
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    What’s 1% on 1.7 trillion?

  63. 63
    Loungelizard says:

    The complacency of the right is responsible for the success of the left.

  64. 64
    The sort of Labour-educated chav that brings a tear of joy to Miliband's eyes says:

    & when ur in hospital not bein’ like fed n shit, me & me m8s will be like well burgling ur house. Innit.

  65. 65
    An Englishman says:

    Would prefer them to be fired into space, fired from a cannon or fired by a flamethrower?

  66. 66
    AC1 says:

    It’s more from “reading between the lines”, i.e. what’s not said.

  67. 67
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    That would give Labour the edge as they have their own national broadcasting corporation funded by the taxation.

  68. 68
    AC1 says:

    Is the sky still blue on your world?

  69. 69
    t says:

    When I first came across this practice, the pilgrim explained to me, ‘It saved money from continually negotiating any potential IT conflicts to mutual resolution’, effectively preventing any performance management of TU members, company hadn’t changed in decades, and was wound up in the 90’s, employees lost their jobs, new provider took on half the half the number of old staff, no organised union presence, company started making money.

    Unions are a cancer on success and cost jobs

    There is no P&L knowledge or understanding in the public sector

  70. 70
    An Englishman says:

    Would YOU prefer them to be fired into space, fired from a cannon or fired by a flamethrower?

    Must remember… check before submit, check before submit, check before submit,…

  71. 71
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Bugger. Lost all of the balls on my abacus cos there are just too many zeros.

  72. 72
    Grammar School Boy says:

    Obviously his didn’t…him and Ken Clarke?

  73. 73
    AC1 says:

    What? They are against suicide too. Tboin tax (like all transaction taxes) is foolish.

  74. 74
    The BBC says:

    This website has become hideously white.

  75. 75
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    Are there oxygen breathing lifeforms on your planet?

  76. 76
    An Englishman says:

    Ah – that’ll be ‘made up’, then, AC1.

  77. 77
    The Donald says:

    “The taxation”. Are you czech?

  78. 78
    Union Modernisation Fund says:

    No, that was paid for by the RUGBY Union Modernisation Fund.

    A double case of mistaken identity?


  79. 79
    Penfold says:

    Nothing like vested interests to instil a mulish tendency.

    Nothing like taxpayers monies to bring on a spending frenzy from lefties.

    Nothing like the so-called party of the people robbing the people blind.

    Who will rid us of these dreadful and terrible people?

    Who can we trust to lead us and look out for our interests?

    Anarchy I believe beckons, it at least looks after the individual!!

  80. 80



  81. 81
    AC1 says:

    We shall see this time next year…

  82. 82
    AC1 says:

    Not just that, I think they flew in an Italian to do the operation.

  83. 83
    The Paragnostic says:

    The difference being that the Tories will happily discuss the Tobin tax, and explain why it is bad, while Labour don’t want to discuss Pilgrims at all, let alone try to explain why they are ‘good’.

    If you could explain why having union activity paid for by the taxpayer is a good thing, then I have a bridge I’d like to sell…

  84. 84
    Penfold says:

    See article below re Sweden’s experiment with a Tobin style tax on financial transactions:-

  85. 85
    Misery Guts says:

    And at your funeral, the local chavs will nick your mourners’ cars

  86. 86
    Armchair technician says:

    Potential petition subject?

  87. 87
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Miliband at PMQs – PATHETIC, is that the best labour can do?

  88. 88
    The BBC says:

    It is more of an ‘asteroid the size of an aircraft carrier’. Whatever that is.

  89. 89
    Grimm Brothers Financial Services (Fairyland) Inc. says:

    Bob, come and leave all your lovely salary in this sock underneath my bed.

  90. 90
    Jane's Fighting Rocks says:

    Its been a long time since we had one of those.

    An asteroid is something similar to the rocks the many admirals in our fine Royal Navy have stockpiled in readiness to throw at any invaders. The main pile is at Winchelsea. The hope is that an invaders won’t step ashore at any beach which has sand beofer the current ‘castle’ building programme is complete.

  91. 91
    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    I am a Lib Dem and I don’t support the motion. Unions should be funded with public funds.

  92. 92
    Jimmy says:

    You mean the idea of spending three hours listening to loony right wing tallking points didn’t tempt them? Bizarre.

  93. 93
    RedEd'smumcrustyflaps says:

    David, Ed are you there? There is a Spastic Prick Anti work Dosser for you

  94. 94
    Anna says:

    >>Instead of shouting “prick” and “twat” from the sidelines, if Labour MPs really feel that we should pick up the tab for the unions, then at least have the balls to say it…<<

    A Freudian slip? What party with Ed Balls as a senior member would ever tell the truth? Come to that, what party that allowed Chris Huhne to achieve prominence would ever be truthful? I dare say the boy Dave has an equally flexible arrangement with truth, just has better PR skills with which to disguise it. Meanwhile they all deplore that voter turnout progressively diminishes… but why wouldn't it? However you vote won't make much difference.

  95. 95
    Gordon F Brown says:

    T’was the dilatory Labour MPs that allowed me to become Prime Minister without any kind of democratic processes or words being said against me. Me, the worst PM in living history and probably ever. What a bunch of shit they all are. So do you really expect Labour MPs to come out against their favourite paymaster’s shit-stirrers continuing to be paid from the public purse. Well, do you?

  96. 96
    Ed Blinkybollox says:

    Yes it is. Pathetic isn’t it.

    Can anyone in their right mind really see Miliband minimus as the Prime Minister? Of course not, and he never will be…

  97. 97
    50 Calibre says:

    Shhh… Berlusconi has taken a fancy to Christine Lagarde… Shhh…

    Bunga, bunga!!!

  98. 98
    Winston Churchill says:

    For a country to try to tax itself into wealth is like a man standing in a bucket trying to pull himself up by the handle

  99. 99
    Concerned Londoner says:

    Livingstone is more than capable of signing his own death warrant (electorally) without a vote of confidence to Chavez. Is he a remote Pilgrim?

  100. 100
    Concerned Shop Steward says:

    I’m sure that as a true Socialist declined the opportunity to go to front of the queue, didn’t he?

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