January 2nd, 2013

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…


  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Very “Hari-esque” ;)


  2. 2
    Putting the meat in Luciana's burger says:

    Original thought? Chuka?


  3. 3
    Doktorb says:

    I’m sure he’ll take to Twitter soon enough to explain himself……I mean, copy and paste the Labour HQ email…….


  4. 4
    Engineer says:

    This will now be reported, word for word, on every BBC news bulletin for the next week.

    Labour – Unions – BBC. The Evil Trinity.


  5. 5
    GSilver says:

    at least if Chukka gets charge of the labour party, he wont betray their socialist principles … he’ll sell them for the most dosh he can make!


  6. 6

    Why make up your own original remark when you can get one of the shelf.


  7. 8
    Operation Crossbow says:

    I see Victoria Derbyshire is back to her usual anti Tory whining once again.


  8. 10
    bergen says:

    One day some unkind soul will send him an ultra-daft press release for his support. I wonder if he will spot it before posting it himself.


  9. 14
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Using a metaphor like “the camel’s nose inside the tent” might have been construed as some sort of slur against muzzies, after all.


  10. 16
    Raving Loon says:

    I’m about to Chuka up.


  11. 17
  12. 19
    Skorpian De Rooftrouser says:

    For 2013 I would like the liebour party to come up with One Policy, not a lot to ask just One Policy.


  13. 20
    Ed Megashambles says:

    Chuka can’t become leader of the party unless he changes his name to something metric.


  14. 20
    Labour Science Lesson says:

    The reason for this is clear. Shouting into an empty vessel often causes an echo.


  15. 23
    a non says:

    Surprised the Union is rallying against permanent 7 days a week trading, since it benefits employment figures, not forgetting the convenience for all.
    Major supermarkets and retailers open 363 days a year here. Perhaps the Catholic church feels it promotes more bums on pews if people can get out and about on a Sunday instead of lazing at home.


  16. 25
    The Labour bandwagon says:

    Labour HQ is full of blank sheets of paper – no news here, move along.


  17. 30
    EU Dictat overrulling common sense since 1985 says:

    Come on ladies, Come on ladies
    Come on ladies, Come on ladies
    One Euro Fish!

    Have a, have a look, One Euro Fish
    Have a, have a look, One Euro Fish
    Very Very good, One Euro Fish
    Very Very Cheap, One Euro Fish
    Six for Five Euro, One Euro Fish
    Six for Five Euro, One Euro Fish
    Very Very Good and Very Very Cheap
    One Euro, One Euro


  18. 31
    the poor bloody tax-payer says:

    something about internet shopping – no unions & no exploiting landlords (same thing?) to get in the consumer’s way

    interesting that non-commisionator Prescott chose to back landlords over lease-liberalisation proposals put up to redress the imbalance in bargaining power between property owners and users

    no free-market noises of course from the Clitoral Coalition


  19. 32
    God says:

    Frankly I’m with Labour on this one.


  20. 34
    Hans Neezen-Boompsadazy says:

    Is he calling me a Troja Norse?


  21. 35
    Happy go tax payer says:

    I assume the statement that USDAW is paying money to labour is a euphemism… to make the shock more gentle for those stupid pay taxers who are paying USDAW to pay the labour party loads of dosh in bribes for support of strikes for more pay less work and rubbish such as serving the tax payer plebs, us.


  22. 36
    I know an arsehole when I see one says:

    Chukka stupid fucka


  23. 37
    2013 is going to be bleak in sunderland as the benefit caps kick in says:

    The saddest part of this story is that USDAWS members many of them lowoly paid willhave had very little say in these donations,its time the Government brought in the opt in rule where TU members are individually balloted as to whether they want to pay the political levy and with a ceiling of 50per cent of union members voting and if that ceiling is not reached then no levy.No union would get a majority for the political levy.


Seen Elsewhere

Who Is Steering Labour’s Strategy? | Ballot Box
Greens are UKIP for Young People | Telegraph
Short-Termism of CCHQ | ConHome
May Aide: CCHQ Are Being Misleading | Telegraph
Tories Planning For Second Election | Guardian
We Are Losing Cyber War | Fraser Nelson
Osborne Aide Lands Pay Rise | Mirror
The Sick Of It | Sun
UKIP MEP’s Welfare Hypocrisy | Channel 4
Rise of Angela Merkel | New Yorker
May SpAd Removed From Candidates List | ConHome

Find out more about PLMR AD-MS

The Economist asks Tony Blair about Wendi Deng:

“Mr Blair roundly denies any impropriety. Asked whether he was (at least) careless about his reputation, he says calmly that it is “not something I will ever talk about—I haven’t and I won’t”, and then bangs his coffee cup so loudly into its saucer that it spills and everyone in the room jumps. But did he find himself in a tangle over his friendship with Ms Deng? A large, dark pool of sweat has suddenly appeared under his armpit, spreading across an expensive blue shirt. Even Mr Blair’s close friends acknowledge that the saga damaged him—not least financially, since Mr Murdoch stopped contributing to Mr Blair’s faith foundation and cut him off from other friendly donors in America.”

Tip off Guido
Web Guido's Archives

Subscribe me to:


AddThis Feed Button

Guido Reads

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,641 other followers