January 11th, 2012

Labour Abandoning Convention in Union Fight to Keep Pilgrims

In attempting to defend taxpayer-funded trade union activists, Unite the Union have accidentally poured petrol on the fire. Their press release today admits, by their own count, that “around 200,000 workers carry out representative duties.” Strangely the number of these Pilgrims is far higher in the public over the private sector.

Today’s 10 Minute Rule Bill that would ban the practice has been pushed back by Lansley’s boob announcement. Labour seem rather happy about this as it means Members would have wandered off by then, as opposed to a vote immediately after PMQs. Labour sources have confirmed that the Shadow Cabinet will not be voting, but whips are encouraging their frontbench team to weigh in to defeat the motion that would ban Pilgrims. The rules are going out of the window as the unions seek a return for their investments. As is convention, the Government whips are calling for all of the government payroll to abstain. Unlike with the opposition, that includes Ministers and PPSs. The vote is expected after 1pm now.


  1. 1
    Tom Tomos says:

    He who would valiant be!


    • 11
      Tristram Smallbore-Ffipps MP says:

      Never overlook the good done by union reps – they annoy the hell out of the useless jobsworths in HR. Is that worth the cost to the country? If you had met our HR Director you would only have one answer.


      • 22
        Goddess, Empress, Dictator Frau Merkel says:

        I have no interest in these Pilgrims but I’m pleased to see my Dedward Miliband poodle is rousing the Labour poodles with “delivering blandness and mediocrity in tough times.” This is exactly what I instructed, bore the electorate into a stupor then seize power for me. Well done that poodle.


        • 28
          Fiscal Gerrymandering says:

          How can any politician defend government funding of public sector unions to the sole benefit of one political party.


      • 24
        Tessa Tickles says:

        “they annoy the hell out of the useless jobsworths in HR.”

        That’s something of an insult to useless jobsworths.


        • 26
          The Paragnostic says:

          Why do HR only get half an hour for lunch?

          So you don’t have to retrain them in the afternoon.


      • 31
        Maximus says:

        My enemy’s enemy is my f(r)iend? Never knew I had so many.


      • 32
        Anonymous says:

        “Is that worth the cost to the country?”

        No matter how good the work done by union reps is, the cost should be met by the union itself. The bill shouldn’t be sent to a third party.


    • 23
      Anonymous says:

      How is the UK fraud Ponsi scheme doing?
      Climate Fraud
      Phoney Drug War
      Phoney Afghanistan War.

      Just wondered if the whole Racist deflection Politics development of the UK state apparatus, has it collapsed yet? Following the USA politics will take us into the financial abyss. Capitalism over.


      • 33
        Maximus says:

        When the word ‘phoney’ applies to everything, it must apply to itself as well. That is a contradiction, ergo it must be your PoV that is phoney. QED.


  2. 2
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    will you be extending Livechat to cover this Guido/Neo Guido?


  3. 3
    Ed Tourette says:

    We need Pilgrims…useless fucking c*un*ts…soapy titty wank!


  4. 4
    Yer Maw says:

    Of course, there would be no need for Trade Union representation if this hatchet-mad coalition were less, well…horrific.


  5. 5
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:


  6. 7
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Any MP must realise many will be watching to see which way they vote.

    Are they in favour of the public services or are they union stooges, putting cronyism ahead of the people?


    • 10
      annette curton says:

      Cronyism wins the day again then.


    • 16
      Cell time says:

      Why ‘whips are calling for all of the government payroll to abstain’,
      surely Pilgrims will be retained, thought coalition intended to get rid.

      Their not doing what they said was on the tin.


      • 25
        Tessa Tickles says:

        What Heir To Blair says he will do is always the opposite of what he does do.

        Heir to Blair indeed. Can anyone spot the difference?


  7. 9
    Melvin Finster says:

    We’ll all be suffering from Yvettes, when Millipede is told to go forth and multiply.


    • 20
      The Paragnostic says:

      Could be worse – might have a nasty case of the Johnsons, or (Dog forbid) the Darlings.

      At least the Boy Wonder would give Rusty a run for his money – Postman Pat is too dull, and the Badger is Scottish, so would never be considered as PM material after our years of the Monocular Mentalist.

      But would Yvette get the union block votes needed to steal the Labour leadership? Or would they plump for one of their Pilgrim MPs again?


    • 34
      Spot the Dog with Dirty Balls says:



  8. 13

    On LBC now.
    “Is Ed Miliband too ugly to be PM”

    Oh dear, oh dear. Not talking about his ‘predators’ but his plasticine head.
    He behaves like {R}Ed Dwarf’s Kryten when he got stuck in the gene splicer and became human.

    Someone who’s seen human interaction and experience and has a read a great deal of data about them, but just doesn’t understand them.


  9. 15
    albacore says:

    Dave has spoken!
    What could go wrong?



  10. 18
    Ed's dead, baby, Ed's dead says:

    Almost time to see Cameron do the PMQs equivalent of happy slapping. I almost feel sorry for Ed. Well, not really. Ed’s gonna get bruised and bloodied. Superb.


  11. 19
    Tuscan Tony says:



  12. 21
    codeword says:

    This is going viral


  13. 27
    Diversity Consultant says:

    We should not judge forced marriage. It’s part of their culture and we should respect their right to force 14 year old girls into arranged marriages with their first cousins and a life of being raped and servitude to the peedo prophet. Allahu shatbar.


  14. 30
    Berger and fries says:

    Anyone know who Luciana Berger is fucking these days to further her career? She dropped Chucky as soon as she got a shadow cabinet post.


  15. 35
    Diversity Consultant says:

    In islam, women are not regarded as humans. We should respect their beliefs.


  16. 38
    The Labour Party says:

    What about the pair of faulty tits we’ve has implanted on us??


  17. 39
    Dead Ed says:

    I notice Ed avoided asking any question which would’ve enabled Cameron to quote the various critical comments in the last week from Glasman and Mili D. He dodged it this week but he’ll have to eventually raise a subject that’ll leave him open to mockery.


  18. 40
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Clear win for Ed Miliband today at Pmqs.


  19. 45
    Dead Ed says:

    Brillo just said they checked and Cameron was correct about fare rises, they rose under Labour and they only took back the power before the election and it would’ve been for only one year! Ed caught lying again.


  20. 46
    Solomon Hughes says:

    Doesn’t this 10 minute rule bill set out to weaken unions in the private sector as well ? The bill doesn’t mention public or private sector, it just says unions should be forced to pay employers for the time union reps take off representing their members –

    so presumably where Unions have won the right to have stewards with time off in the private sector, Norman’s bill says they will have to now pay employers for the privilege – his bill interferes with private deals between employers and unions in an attempt to generally weaken union representation and/or finances – – shifting so quickly from a specific “taxpayer” complaint to a general attack on union reps might give the game away a bit.


    • 52
      jgm2 says:

      There’s nothing to ‘give the game away’ about. Of course the T*ries are going to be hostile to the economy-destroying unions that are subsidised by the tax-payer and who then launder that extorted money into buying economy-destroying Labour MPs.


      • 53
        Solomon Hughes says:

        The point I’m making is that this bill isn’t aimed at “state subsidy” – it’s aimed at union representation in the private sector as well – at changing agreements freely made between private employers and unions, and “fining” unions for the better representation they have got at private workplaces as well as public ones. So it isn’t a “protect the taxpayer” bill it is a “attack the unions” one .


  21. 47
    Ed Tourette says:

    My mother used to tell everyone I was a character in Allo Allo, I think she had Von Smallhausen syndrome.


  22. 48
    Fish says:

    Ed dived for cover on to the Scotland issue – tried to sound intelligent, serious and presidential, pretending to be ‘leading from the front again’. Trouble is he ripped off and played back almost everything that Cameron and other have been saying over the past few days.

    Get to an issue late but grandstand on it and make more noise has become a pattern since he won the gig.

    Ed’s new motto – Follow me I’m right behind you!


  23. 51
    The Beast of the Embassy club says:

    we need more boob anouncements
    and pics


  24. 54
    wobble says:

    Unions got their moneys worth …then ! 2:1 against


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