Chuka’s £1.7 Million Soundbite

chukaEver heard of the USDAW? New figures released show that the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers have quietly become Labour’s second biggest donor over the last year, generously pushing nearly £2 million Ed’s way. As with every union that decides to donate to the Labour Party, the USDAW are certainly getting their bang for their buck.

Back in August USDAW general secretary John Hannett talking about Sunday trading: “The Government promised it, it was neither a trial nor Trojan horse for permanent deregulation”. And what did Labour think about this, surely they had their own, original position to take on the issue? One day later Chuka Umunna popped up to add that the government had promised “that the temporary suspension of the restrictions would not be used as a ‘Trojan horse’ for permanent change”. He could have at least thought of his own line…




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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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