January 11th, 2012

Union Funded Turkeys Vote Against Christmas

As predicted, union backed Labour MPs mobilised to defeat Jesse Norman’s 10 Minute Rule Bill against Pilgrims. The usual nonsense was spouted in defence of taxpayer-funded trade union officials. John Healey surfaced after his Shadow Cabinet sacking to claim that Pilgrims were merely volunteering to help their unions. If they are volunteers, how come they are paid John?

The Ayes 132 /Noes 211 result is a clear message to the government to get a move on with the promised consultation on the issue. Given Cameron has backed the ban, you can add the payroll vote to that number next time. Guido will be having a look at the union donations of those who mobilised against, including those convention-busting Labour frontbenchers.

Any betting on a correlation?


52 Comments

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

    it was nice to see Labour party being nasty again in the commons, No respect for taxpayers.

    How the hell is D.U.E.M.A going to spin this?

  2. 2
    Yer Maw says:

    Dry your eyes pet.

  3. 4
    anonk says:

    343 in total voting out of 640 MPs?
    The HoC canteen with it’s associated wine and spirit list has a lot to answer for.

    • 21
      annette curton says:

      The aroma of pigs liver washed down with a nice bottle of chianti got the better of them.

      • 27
        Tristram Smallbore-Ffipps MP says:

        Only one bottle? In the days of Willie Whitelaw that would have been a light breakfast.

        • 30
          annette curton says:

          Silence of the Lambs (and smell a C*nt), perhaps I’m being too obtuse.

          • Tristram Smallbore-Ffipps MP says:

            No, I got it. Just thought I would make a serious point for once! I still remember Willie coming to a university dinner and being so drunk he couldn’t walk without help.

  4. 6
    Pilgrim Father says:

    Them’s my boys!!!

    • 38
      David CaMoron says:

      I would do something about it but don’t want to upset the left wing LibDems in the coalition like Russell and Handycock. so things will just have to remain as they are.

  5. 7
    Anonnnnymouse. says:

    What happened to the rest of the Tories? Stuffing their gobs thats wot. The To$$ers could have fixed this easily enough.

    • 14
      Bah says:

      There are a lot of crypto-socialists in the coalition. The current Parliament has loads of humbugs in it

      • 23
        Archer Karcher says:

        Starting right at the top of the coalition with Dave Cameron.

        • 28
          Tristram Smallbore-Ffipps MP says:

          I blame all those socialist teachers at Eton and that dreadful skiing commune at St Moritz..

  6. 8
    Tugboatden says:

    More fools the pro-bill proponents for not mobilising. It can’t have come as a surprise to them that Labour would pull the stops out to block this…

  7. 9
    Poker Bum says:

    Excellent headline! Paddy Powder offering 2-9 on a correlation so I wouldn’t bother.

  8. 10
    annette curton says:

    Quell Surprise!

  9. 11
    Curious says:

    Is there a list available yetof the MPs who voted and the unions they have received money from?

  10. 12
    Lord Pret of Hull and Pies says:

    Up the unions, we stand together in solidarity, the working poor are treated as slaves of this coalition……. “ey up love, fetch another bottle of Chablis for this Pork belly ta!”

  11. 17
    jgm2 says:

    If I remember rightly a ‘ten-minute bill’ means precisely that. If it doesn’t get passed within ten minutes then that’s the end of it. And the easiest way to make sure it doesn’t get passed is to filibuster it. So the bedwetters were always going to babble on for 10+ minutes and make sure it went nowhere. Which is why the T*ries all went and enjoyed a subsidised lunch.

    Has a ten minute bill ever been passed? You only need one bedblocker to start reading a list of affected constituents from the phone directory and that’s it finished.

    • 31
      Tristram Smallbore-Ffipps MP says:

      10 minute bills do get passed. Last May the Demented Dorries got a sex education bill advocating abstinence passed. Back to Basics anyone? Of course, once the 10 minute bill is passed it only makes further progress if allocated government time.

    • 36
      Anonymous says:

      I’m wondering whether the Government could draft an equivalent Bill as official legislation. That would stand a far greater chance of making to the statute book.

      • 40
        Maximus says:

        Better there must surely be a loose Statutory Instrument floating around among the many thousands looking for a good use.

  12. 19
    Jane Pig grim says:

    Can’t we talk about something else?

  13. 39
    Nick says:

    The Labourites who voted for Pilgrims include some of the finest MPs money can buy, and I won’t hear a word against them.

  14. 43
    PMQ says:

    If you like what you saw today, vote Lib Dem, Labour or Tory, and you’ll get more of it in the future.

  15. 44
    John Bunyan says:

    We’re making Progress.

  16. 45
    Anonymous says:

    Mr Fawkes: It looks like it’s petition time again…

    Not that parliament actually cares about what the sheeple wants, but if all we can do is bleat, we may as well do it as loud and annoying as is possible.

  17. 46
    50 Calibre says:

    Each pilgrim needs to be wheeled in front of his boss and told in no uncertain terms that he/she is not doping what they are being paid to do and should desist forthwith from TU activities whist on pay.

    If they go back to normal working, that’s that. If they do not they should be given a written warning and if that does not have the desired effect they should be summarily dismissed for gross misconduct and run off the premises.

    That’s what would happen in the real world. No need for parliamentary intervention to get rid of someone who won’t do what they are being paid for.

    • 47
      50 Calibre says:

      or even ‘doing’.

      • 50
        Evil Agent of Capitalism says:

        I worked in a major state funded university for most of the Blair/Brown era. In my team of 5, one was a “Pilgrim”. She was in fact the branch president and worked 3 days a week on union duties. The other 2 days she caused trouble in the team. I gave up holding team meetings as all she did was grandstand and oppose everything I did to make the team effective.

        Being public sector it was nigh impossible to discipline her so I had to work around it and eventually I found a job for her to do in another location (put her out to grass) so at least I got full productivity out of the rest of my team. Several years later she retired, and was not replaced. This is probably happening all over the country in the public sector and needs to be stopped. I now work in the private sector.

  18. 49
    Hungry Hipoo says:

    What about the rail fares hike and Cast Iron Dave’s reversal of Labour’s bill to keep them down forever. We must be told. No more cover ups.

  19. 52
    Evil Landlord says:

    This is the list of how the MP’s voted . Mostly Conservatives voted “aye” and the Union funded Labour MP’s voted “no” so the Bill was defeated.No surprises there then.

    http://www.publicwhip.org.uk/division.php?date=2012-01-11&number=419&showall=yes#voters


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