August 17th, 2012

Unions Funding Labour’s Left-Wing Dream Team

Militant Unite boss Len McCluskey is continuing his drive to take over the Labour Party by setting up a pressure group to rival Blairite faction Progress. According to the Guardian, the subtly-named Class will aim to “remind Labour of their working roots“. The new think tank’s members read like a left-wing dream team, with Paul Kenny of the GMB and Mark Serwotka’s PCS providing the funding and Seamus Milne, Jack Dromey, Owen Jones and Polly Tonybee sitting on the advisory panel. Sounds more like a union for the 1% to Guido…

The prolier than thou ethos of “class” is to articulate “an alternative that will resonate with working people”. Which must be why they are advised by the Guardian’s Winchester educated Stalinist Seamus Milne and by the three home-owning, multi-millionairess great granddaughter of the Earl of Carlisle. Polly Toynbee was also privately educated (Badminton), went to Oxford (St Annes) and on to the BBC. Toynbee is the daughter of the literary critic Philip Toynbee and grand-daughter of the famous historian Arnold J. Toynbee, his uncle was the philanthropist and economic historian Arnold Toynbee after whom Toynbee Hall is named. She was born into three generations of metropolitan elitists…

The downtrodden workers on minimum wage should be grateful that the likes of GMB’s Paul Kenny on £114,000, the PCS’s Mark Serwotka on £113,354 and not forgetting Len McCluskey on £149,312 are leading the charge for equality. Class act indeed.


  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    A Union for Unionists? Will they go on strike to demand more money and privileges from the members?

  2. 2

    I will serve only a single five-year term

    Len McCluskey 2010

  3. 3
    DZ says:

    Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor

    Julian Savulescu = Dr Joseph Mengele

    Who the FUCK is some Oxford professor to decide who is ethical

    Forget the Boys from Brazil the Boys from Kirkaldy is truly chilling thought

  4. 4
    The Stilton Eater says:

    Labour urgently need to remember their working roots because they’ve become the party of the lazy, in league with public sector shirkers and dole scroungers.

    The trouble is deadwood like Red Len, Milne and Toynbee make them look like a load of champagne quaffing bourgeois.

  5. 5
    EZ says:

    Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor

    Julian Savulescu = Dr Joseph Mengele

    Who the FUCK is some Oxford professor to decide who is ethical

    Forget the Boys from Brazil the Boys from Kirkaldy is truly chilling thought..

  6. 6
    Little Lord Saveloy says:

    Seaumas Milne: son of the former BBC Director General Alasdair Milne, Milne attended Winchester College and read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford

  7. 7
    Archie says:

    Owen Jones? Polly Toynbee? There are the makings of a mega vomit-fest to my mind!

  8. 8
    Jack Dromey (Mrs) says:

    Milne, Toynbee???? Finally the BBC have taken over the Labour Party!

  9. 9
    just a thought says:

    Why dont they just get on with life like everyone else instead of trying to rule the UK with their socialists ideas.FFS

  10. 10

    Russell’s Paradox finally solved 111 years after it was discovered!


    The class of all classes which are not members of themselves…



  11. 11
    Disgruntled Sheffielder says:

    What a set of complete losers! And they think they are so bloody clever.

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Jack Dromey will be providing the videos , seems the “left” havent worked out we are not going to vote for the stained, then the “left” are really fat cat self-serving Duke of York,s, marching them up the hill and down again, hot air here, Polly Toynbee now what is her latest brandiing? Mark Serwotka vowed never to give Labour a penny, how will he square that one. The unions who funded Labour for 13 years to cause utter torment for the vulnerable, elderly disabled and youth unemployed etc can go to hell.

  13. 13
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Everyone of the charmless hypocrites mentioned in this circle jerk, qualify in the vom category.

  14. 14
    Pollytwaddle says:

    Owen Jones? Does the whippersnapper want my job?

  15. 15
    nellnewman says:

    And how is pollytwaddle, she of champagne and tuscany palaces, supposed to help labour get back in touch with it’s working class roots?

  16. 16
    ac1 says:

    The “welfare” state is an exercise in dysgenics.

  17. 17
    Yosemite Sam says:

    …which is of course exactly what they are.

  18. 18
    Well it's a thought says:

    So we yet again have another version of Libor, I suppose it’s difficult to hit moving left wing idiots, as long as they have a red flower or something on their expensive clothes, the braindead will still vote for them so no change, the fckin schoolboy just unbelievable.

  19. 19 says:

    ‘He is frustrated at the way many EU countries have seized on the financial crisis to push through a rightwing agenda. “In Britain now you are seeing a huge, gathering backlash against austerity.”‘

    So it is only right-wing policy to behave responsibly and deal with your debts?

  20. 20
    Yosemite Sam says:

    Coconut shy for the lads?

  21. 21
    JH says:

    They can’t.

    They literally can’t.

    Socialism is just an enabling mechanism for people who have an underlying pathological need to force their will/needs on others.

  22. 22
    Edward. says:

    Unions of paper clip counters? Remind me, why do we have unions anymore?

    Owen’s there, that will add weight, maturity and garrulous spiel and nothing will be done, and where is Medhi Hassan, for some enlightened religious input?

  23. 23
    We will strike for more says:

    CLASS – Centre for Labour and Social Studies ..clever play on words dreamt up in in left whinge meeting rooms but should read Cenre forr Lefties And Sad Spinners…Class = for lefties everything bad that only richer people have… except those richer people with left whinge leanings – crow mcluskey the unite tit millie balls harriet polly etc etc … they are classless of course cos they’re lefties

  24. 24
    Touché says:

    a class is a construct that is used to create
    instances of itself

  25. 25
    Klass says:


  26. 26
  27. 27

    Then it’s off to the EU gravy train. Betcha.

  28. 28
    Atualpa says:

    Mary Louisa Toynbee dropped out of Cambridge, I believe, because she couldn’t hack it. This might go some way towardsa explaining her patronizing, humourless bitternesss, usually expressed from Tuscany.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    if this lot are left wing im a fuckin turnip, how many of them are on the average wage or anywhere near it, millionaire , multi-mansioned toynbee FFS

  30. 30

    Good point. Not a sniff of a New Briton for the founders of the Multicultural Experiment.

  31. 31
    MacGuffin says:

    I have this horrible feeling that Toynbee and Jones are what passes for intellectual among these people.

  32. 32

    At £149,312 pa, he is already halfway there.

  33. 33

    By wagging her finger at us all?

  34. 34
    smoggie says:

    It looks like the Labour Party is heading for a Menshevik / Bolshevik split.

  35. 35
    Well it's a thought says:

    Another pressure group , what next a new think tank, 60million people in this country and these lefty nutters either go and ask their friends or buy information, nobody heard of asking what the downtrodden decent working people think or are the workers not in the same class as these so called “thinkers.”

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

  37. 37
    taC eht abbaJ says:

    “Seamus Milne, Jack Dromey, Owen Jones and Polly Tonybee sitting on the advisory panel.”

    Lol…perfect fuckwits convention

  38. 38
    Pablo says: seems to have gone down

  39. 39
    Red Ken says:

    Sign me up! It sounds a brilliant movement.

  40. 40
    Deja Vue again says:

    Andrew Pierce

    Jolly Green Hypocrite: Tory MP earns £140,000 from green firms and wants to carpet Britain wind farms (except in his own back yard

    Read more:

  41. 41
    Lucius Calidius Eroticus says:

    Correct. Left wing policy creates debt.

  42. 42
    Lucius Calidius Eroticus says:

    If Toynbee was to go out and ask the downtrodden, but decent working people what they thought on a range of issues, she would be horrified. She isn’t going to let that worry her though, she knows better than they do.

  43. 43 says:

    Union/left wing think tank policy.

    1. Go on strike for better pay and doing less work.
    2. See companies close down because they can’t compete against foreign competition.
    3. Whinge about unemployment and lack of growth.

  44. 44
    bergen says:

    This would make a good BBC programme….sorry, forgot.

  45. 45
    The public says:

    The should have called it ‘Snobs’

  46. 46
    Coz Seleb says:

    Assange ? Oh he’s so las year darling, its pussy riot now dontchaknow. Now please excuse me while burry my head in a bag of coke before speaking to my accountant about my offshore accounts.

  47. 47
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Being rich is wrong, unless it’s us who’s rich.

  48. 48
    Fish says:

    Yes, but this is Servotka’s Labour now. Gone the more acceptable, electable, pragmative ‘New Labour’, this is the wet dream Marxist Labour made possible by Gordon Brown’s legacy – the class war that he re-ignited when he knew that the only possible way of winning the election was to dog whistle old fashioned core labour supporters.

    It didn’t work for Brown, but this ugly man left us with an even uglier inheritance of people like this, taking every opportunity to divide us, sneer at achievement and hard work and success.

    For this axis of shit, the dream of revolution is well and truly back on.

  49. 49
    Complete control says:

    Correct its all about control.

  50. 50
    Fish says:

    No mention of Comrade Paul Mason

  51. 51
    Sizzla says:

    The closest these people get to the working class is when the Ocado man rings the doorbell.

  52. 52
    BBC says:

    Good idea, thanks Bergen. We’ll call it Newsnight.

  53. 53
    Do as I say not as I do says:

    Is this the same pollytwaddle who was given a place at Oxford not on merit but purely because of privillege and family connections thus depriving a more deserving student of a place ? That Polly Toyenbee ?

  54. 54
    Forkbender says:

    Oh, I don’t know Gideon is trying to increase national debt but what are we seeing for that increased debt?

  55. 55
    Oxbridge Entry Exam says:

    All socialists are hypocrites…discuss

  56. 56
    Fish says:

    Found it!

    It’s a bit long but George Orwell, writing this below, must have met Owen Jones and Pretty Polly.

    ‘The general weakening of the whole British morale that took place during the nineteen-thirties, was the work mostly of the left-wing intelligentsia.

    The mentality of the left-wing intelligentsia can be studied in half a dozen weekly and monthly papers. The immediately striking thing about all these papers is their generally negative, querulous attitude, their complete lack at all times of any constructive suggestion. There is little in them except the irresponsible carping of people who live in a world of ideas and never expect to be in a position of power. Another marked characteristic is the emotional shallowness of people who live in a world of ideas and have little contact with physical reality. The really important fact about so many of the English intelligentsia is their severance from the common culture of the country.

    In the general patriotism of the country they form a little island of dissident thought. England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. …it is their duty to snigger at every English institution.

    All through the critical years many left-wingers were chipping away at English morale, trying to spread an outlook that was sometimes squashily pacifist, sometimes violently pro-Russian, but always anti-British…if the fascist nations judged we were ‘decadent’ and that it was safe to plunge into war, the intellectual sabotage from the Left was partly responsible.’

  57. 57
    In more important news says:

    “Eating around two handfuls of walnuts a day improves sperm health in young men, a study in the journal Biology of Reproduction suggests.

    Sperm shape, movement and vitality improved in men who added walnuts to their diet over 12 weeks.

    The fatty acids found in these nuts are thought to have helped sperm development. It is not known if this would help improve male fertility.”

  58. 58
    All politicians are liars says:

    “I will cut the deficit, not the NHS” – David Cameron pre-2010 election.

  59. 59

    So has Sally Bercow.

  60. 60
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    This is pretty much all that that “brain trust” will accomplish:
    “Singin’ polly-wolly-doodle all the day…”

  61. 61

    Jesus. Don’t encourage me any more ffs.

  62. 62
    Old geezer says:

    You can only be a true socialist twat if your parents were rich, and you have never had to do a real job. After all, Karl Marx, who they all adore, was the son of a German bank owner, who never did a days work in hjs life.

  63. 63
    Giving us a mental picture says:

    Guido, can I suggest that when talking about Labour/lefitist/luvie hypocricy you use the standard accepted unit of the “Wales” ie such hypocricy is estimated to be ten times the size of Wales. Thank you.

  64. 64
    The Man Who Came In From The All Woman Shortlist says:

    Its good to see wimin getting proper representation with Jack Dromey on the panel .

  65. 65
    Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri says:

    Hey, stoonahd, of course eating walnuts put lead in yer goddam pencil– look at me, I’m 60-some years old and as manly as ever– eh managgia!

  66. 66
    Moussa Koussa says:

    “Chris Grayling plans to cover-up an official report into the notorious “Jubilee stewards” incident on the basis that it is “commercially confidential”. The episode unpaid workfare staff forced to sleep rough under London Bridge before assisting at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

    The incident caused a furore even before Political Scrapbook revealed that the owner of the company at the centre of the scandal has a conviction for perverting the course of justice and was responsible for five companies struck off by regulators for not submitting accounts.

    Commercial confidentiality is often the last refuge of ministers desperate to prevent the disclosure of embarrassing information.

    We shall see whether the Information Commissioner agrees with Mister Grayling.” – Political Scrapbook.

    Capitalists – dontcha love ‘em

  67. 67
    Kevin T says:

    Rather than including actual working class people, Labour calls on its upper class “experts” on the working class – the David Attenboroughs of the council estate. You couldn’t make it up.

  68. 68
    Sir William Waad says:

    Engels was a wealthy industrialist; Marx married into an aristocratic family; Mao Zedong’s father was a moneylender and commodity speculator.

  69. 69
    Kevin T says:

    What do capitalists have to do with it? These people were empolyed by the public sector.

  70. 70

    Good quote – well retrieved!

    Slight reservation with …the irresponsible carping of people who live in a world of ideas… This world seems to divide into the Darwins, who produce something really great and the modern-day Toynbees who produce drivel.

    I have always been a supporter of the Aristotelian Mean and this supports it. Nothing (or little) is good, or bad, in its own right in the realm of ideas. It’s where it is taken that it acquires these attributes.

  71. 71
    Gillian Taylforth says:

    Hey, that’s my shtick

  72. 72
    Kevin T says:

    He hasn’t cut the NHS. NHS spending has gone up. That a growing chunk of each Trust’s budget goes on paying off Labour-signed PFI bills is not the Tories’ fault.

  73. 73

    Gооd quоtе – wеll rеtrіеvеd!

    Slіght rеsеrvаtіоn wіth …thе іrrеspоnsіblе cаrpіng оf pеоplе whо lіvе іn а wоrld оf іdеаs… Thіs wоrld sееms tо dіvіdе іntо thе Dаrwіns, whо prоducе sоmеthіng rеаlly grеаt аnd thе mоdеrn-dаy Tоynbееs whо prоducе drіvеl.

    І hаvе аlwаys bееn а suppоrtеr оf thе Аrіstоtеlіаn Mеаn аnd thіs suppоrts іt. Nоthіng (оr lіttlе) іs gооd, оr bаd, іn іts оwn rіght іn thе rеаlm оf іdеаs. Іt’s whеrе іt іs tаkеn thаt іt аcquіrеs thеsе аttrіbutеs.

  74. 74
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Aren’t you fully awake yet?

  75. 75
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Though Lenin would no doubt have sneered at the reformism of these people, he would have been impressed by the fact that Polly and Seamus are on board:

    ‘The history of all countries shows that the working class, exclusively by its own effort, is able to develop only trade union consciousness, i.e., the conviction that it is necessary to combine in unions, fight the employers, and strive to compel the government to pass necessary labour legislation, etc. The theory of socialism, however, grew out of the philosophic, historical, and economic theories elaborated by educated representatives of the propertied classes, by intellectuals. By their social status the founders of modern scientific socialism, Marx and Engels, themselves belonged to the bourgeois intelligentsia. In the very same way, in Russia, the theoretical doctrine of Social-Democracy arose altogether independently of the spontaneous growth of the working-class movement; it arose as a natural and inevitable outcome of the development of thought among the revolutionary socialist intelligentsia.”

  76. 76
    Sir William Waad says:

    There was a sensible idea behind eugenics but it was ruined by a lot of voodoo science about ‘race’ and about mental incapacity.

  77. 77
    a non says:

    For a shadow Leader of the opposition touting a blank sheet of paper, any body offering the possibility for input, stimulating Ed’s wet dreams, is better than none, but with the pseuds named I have my doubts.
    A Dream team? Pressure group? Resonating alternative? and calling it “CLASS”?????
    Dummies In Labour Demanding Obedience- “DILDO” would be nearer the mark.

  78. 78
    Kevin T says:

    Being rich is wrong if you agree with people being rich. If you are against people being rich, but you are rich yourself, that is fine. It all makes perfect sense if you work for (or read) the Guardian.

  79. 79
    National Socialist says:

    The company involved was Close Protection UK.

  80. 80

    You are most welcome to it – especially when John Bercow is on the other end of the shtick!

  81. 81

    *Gets his Moussa Koussa spray out and gives it a good squirt*

  82. 82
    P*a*u*lie "Walnuts" Gualtieri says:

    Hey, stoonahd, of course eating walnuts puts lead in yer goddam pencil– look at me, I’m 60-some years old and as manly as ever– eh managgia!

    (Freakin’ sfacimma of a mod*bot, can’t even write my own name, because of the Guido di tutti Guidi’s real name! Che infamma!)

  83. 83
    Moussa Koussa says:

    This is what the Unions do – protect vulnerable, exploitable people from ‘the unacceptable face of capitalism’

  84. 84
    AC1 says:

    The governments ability to pick genetic winners will be the same as it’s ability to pick econmic winners.

    Marxism is merely creationism applied to economics.

  85. 85
    Afghanistan Banana Stand says:

    I rather suspect that Owen Jones is only there to make and serve the tea.

  86. 86

    Engels and Zedong both second generation specimens though.

    Not self starters in wealth creation, Marx neither.

  87. 87
    AC1 says:

    It seems obtaining wealth without working for it, seems to ruin the person, creating an entitlement complex.

    Seems to happen to the kids of benefit addicts and the kids of rich parents too.

  88. 88
    gramma says:

    One of these days Cat you will have to join the 21st century and realise that modern diet and medicines will maintain your future virility.
    Utilising Meccano structures in the bedroom is yesterday’s solution.

  89. 89
    Me says:

    Drunk driver plays the man not the ball

  90. 90
    AC1 says:

    Can someone protect taxpayers from being exploited by extortion funded sector unions?

    Ban unions for state employees.

  91. 91
    Lord Stansted says:


    “… remind Labour of their working root…” Since when did Labour ever work?

  92. 92
    AC1 says:


    He should cut the failure that is the NHS AND cut the debt, not just lower the deficit.

  93. 93
    AC1 says:

    “Nepotism is a lot more moral then free exchange” Wally Toynbee.

  94. 94
    AC1 says:

    It’s how she got in that should be investigated.

  95. 95
    AC1 says:

    Nepotism is the word you are looking for.

  96. 96
    AC1 says:

    IIRR Owen Jones was another…

  97. 97
    AC1 says:

    amongst the other associated mental problems.

  98. 98
    Hang The Bastards says:

    Jack Dromey, Owen Jones and Polly Tonybee sound like the ideal line up for the sequel

    DUMB – DUMB and DUMBER !

    I couldn’t name 3 more self serving out of touch individuals in this country.

  99. 99
    English Liberation Front says:

    Well said. With an unassailable presumption of moral certitude their mission in life is to control the lives of everyone else through a combination of lobbying, nagging, nannying, intimidation, emotional blackmail, demonising, devising stupid laws and regulations, subverting the police and banning things.

    This motivation also brought the world such enriching delights as Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Cousesceau, Honicker and Castro.

  100. 100
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Socialism’s Hired Intellectuals & Twats.

  101. 101
    wayneton mcblair says:

    this is what moosey do: licking rich twatty lefty arseholes

  102. 102

    Frank Hornby. Another Victorian great.

  103. 103
    Kevin T says:

    A company that gets its business off the state is as much the public sector as working directly for the government.

  104. 104
    Kevin T says:

    LOL That’s what Len McCluskey, Mark Serwotka and Bob Crow do, is it?

  105. 105
    Slippery Slope says:

    Well done Guido. Show them up for the bunch of steaming hypocrites they really are.

  106. 106
    Slippery Slope says:

    ‘Unassailable presumption of moral certitude.’

    I think you are describing little Owen Jones there.

  107. 107
    Slippery Slope says:

    Great quote. Could have been written yesterday.

  108. 108
    Slippery Slope says:

    He’s already got one at the BBC. He’s the new News Editor.

  109. 109
    Slippery Slope says:

    Tell us more, please.

  110. 110
    Slippery Slope says:

    The new ‘One Direction’ ?

  111. 111
    Slippery Slope says:

    The David Attenboroughs of the council estate -LOL. Very good.

    Quite right – they’d all emigrate before they’d go and live on a council estate.

  112. 112
    Nonjob says:

    I had an uncle once who was working class.

    Must be terrible for them. Living in a house that smells like vinegar and shopping at Argos. Frightful.

  113. 113
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Was that on your mother’s side or your father’s?

  114. 114
    Nonjob says:

    Both. I am from a small village in Lancashire.

  115. 115
    Gordo Bruin says:

    Stay off the red wine, it has curious effects.

  116. 116
    JH says:

    Darwin’s ideas were rooted in a search for objective truth about one of the great mysteries of life itself which had previously been stuck in the ugly, mindless, religious cul-de-sac of ‘God made it’.

    Polly et al’s ‘ideas’ are based on a need to provide a smoke screen for their own privilege, and assuaging their self-hatred and disdain for a Western capitalist culture within which they are so incapable of being truly productive.

  117. 117
    Arthur ASCII says:

    Hello playmates,

    Many of us cheeky chappies find the spectacle of middle class idiots pontificating about the working class on an online gossip column quite nausiating.


  118. 118
    Arthur ASCII says:

    Hello playmates

    1. Cameron
    2. Hague
    3. Gove


  119. 119
    JH says:

    Who decides what’s unacceptable about capitalism? You? Don’t make me laugh.

    Creative destruction is essential, it is a brief period in which bad investments are destroyed before growth can truly begin again.

    Socialists who try to prevent that process, and end up with a far bigger, longer mess for far more people, often ending up with mass slaughter because the people were just not good enough to achieve the glorious future the all-seeing state had planned for them.

    The Field of Dreams of Socialism. Build it, and they will leave. If you let them.

  120. 120
    Polly Toynbee says:

    Look, I don’t know why you have it in for me. I only use my Tuscan retreat a few months in the summer. I enjoy the peace and quiet to watch the BBC on cable, read the Guardian whilst sipping a good wine and to write about how hard life is these days.

  121. 121
    The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

    Come on Arthur, tell us all about your experiences at the bottom of the proletarian heap. Ever had a “proper” job?

  122. 122
    Rob says:

    First meeting is in Tuscany. Champers all round!!

  123. 123
    Grrr says:

    “with Paul Kenny of the GMB and Mark Serwotka’s PCS providing the funding”

    Sorry, are they providing the funding personally or using funds belonging to their union?

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