July 4th, 2013

Read Leaked Unite Plot to Stitch Up Seats in Full

Including:

  • Unite’s uniformed army plot to win seats: “Efforts will be made to develop an esprit de corps, including clothing”
  • Selections “like a swan, all that can be seen is indication of support while below the water activity is furious”
  • “as much involvement in candidate selection at local/regional level is our aim”
  • “our political department work is dominated currently by candidate selection matters”
  • “I do not intend to give a detailed written report. Previous reports to the EC have found their way onto web-sites and then been quoted in the press, so of necessity some of this will be verbal”
  • Lobbying exposed: “Enterprise and regulatory reform Bill -The union provided significant contributions to MPs and the Shadow teams in supporting attempts to block the worst aspects of both the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill and the Growth and Infrastructure Bill”
  • “A meeting was arranged with the Labour members of the BIS select committee together with AGS Tony Burke and Simon Dubbins, Director of Research and International. The meeting was to look at opportunities to work with Labour members on this committee in shaping the agenda and ensuring that Unite’s perspective on the issues under discussion is being heard. BIS’s role in both employment law and industrial policy makes this a potentially very influential body and through looking at how the research and knowledge we produce as a union can be used to support their work on the committee it is hoped to develop a strong relationship with those Labour MPs to the benefit of our members”

Confirming what we knew all along, it’s a stitch up…


98 Comments

  1. 1
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

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        Hislop says:

        we ran it months ago

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      • 6
        T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

        Don’t ask me, I’m just his daughter’s godfather.

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      • 13
        Red Hole says:

        The police are incompetent and you’re innocent until proven otherwise? Whoa! Radical stuff.

        Play Spot The Story and win a fucking clue.

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      • 16
        That makes sense says:

        As I understand it is bad to hack other peoples voicemails but it is ok to record private conversations and broadcast them.

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        • 18
          Hislop says:

          it was a hack who did it too!

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        • 38
          Leagle Eagle says:

          It is fine to record a private conversation so long as it is recorded legally. ie. Not unannounced on public telecommunications equipment, and not by bugging private property without due authorization.

          Concealing a recording device on your person to tape face to face communication is fine. Provided it is legal to use that equipment in the location you are recording : Recording in a UK court for example is frowned on.

          Broadcasting any recorded private conversation – the actual recording – is iffy territory. You should obtain the consent of the other party before transmission, and if consent is not forthcoming, contact legal before going ahead. If the argument for public interest is strong enough and scope for libel / defamation worth the risk, then any action the other party may take against you would likely not succeed before a judge so you can go ahead.

          Reporting using the recorded conversation as source, provided that source was obtained legally, is fine. Identifying the source is at the discretion of the journalist and usually the journalist will seek consent of the source before doing this. The maxim: Never reveal your sources, is and should remain sacrosanct.

          There is an obvious grey area here on the legally obtained aspect, where it must be assumed the source was obtained legally and it may be impossible to prove otherwise.

          Breaking into a private voice mail accounts is different.

          This is like breaking into someones house to plant a bugging device to obtain recording. Totally illegal, complete invasion of privacy, unless there is a court order authorizing.

          Those who wish to dilute notions of personal privacy and liberty will conjure all sorts of arguments to make this seem Ok, and conflate with covertly recording an otherwise private conversation face to face.

          The journalists and publishers / broadcasters involved have been taken to task because it was shown beyond reasonable doubt what they were up to, and that activity was illegal.

          Incidentally, with some of the material being published being beyond doubt only available from such intercepts, the journalists involved essentially revealed their sources, and revealed their sources as being illegally obtained. Those that face jail only have themselves to blame.

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          • Maq­boul says:

            What if the house door is unlocked, indeed open, and you simply walk in. Is that “breaking in”.

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          • That makes sense says:

            Thanks Leagle Eagle.

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          • Now hear this says:

            Who planted that mike in the Ecuadorian Ambassador’s office?

            Hope they are checking back on all the “visitors/maintenance men/decorators/cleaners” – and then the sh*te hits the twirly thing when they find out! Perhaps they should ask Julian; he seems to know everything!

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  2. 3
    Mrs Murray was looking rather shocked yesterday at Wimbledon says:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/30367435@N00/154780386/# Andy Murray’s mum

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  3. 4
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    We used to call this a Fifth Column

    Nice to see that the Communist Party is a live and well like a virus hidden inside Unite.

    Great comment too on those members who don’t bother thinking about any issue just do what the Union tells them when they need a vioote

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    • 7
      Cwispy pants Bwyant says:

      Shouldn’t we call them the ‘Filth Column’ ?

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    • 8
      Useful idiots says:

      We have always relied on a certain section of society willing to do whatever it is ordered to do by the party.

      They used to link arms and sing songs as they marched into the machine guns.
      Still…they did wear out the fritzes barrels.

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    • 31
      Hugh Janus says:

      Is the Steve Hart bloke a bit thick? This so-called ‘report’ is riddled with many basic errors.

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    • 67
      Fishy says:

      Sounds like a coup d’état to me

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  4. 9
    Anonymous says:

    Seems like Steve Hart leaked.

    Disunity at Unite means trouble for Labour

    by Atul Hatwal

    Yesterday’s sudden departure of Unite’s long standing national political director, Steve Hart, was enough to make head’s turn in Labour leadership circles. That he then followed up with a tweet (now deleted) saying he was told that he was “too close to Labour,” will have set alarm bells ringing.

    Given the apparent reason for Hart’s ejection, his replacement, Jennie Formby, seems an odd choice. Unlike Hart she sits on Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee. In terms of Labour’s structures, it’s difficult to be any closer to the party.

    However, the organisation chart does not tell the real story of what has happened.

    Three factors seem to have been pivotal in Steve Hart’s downfall: clashes at the top of Unite over the union’s proximity to Labour, Ed Balls’ speech last week and the fall-out from Unite’s ham fisted attempts at fixing candidate selections, particularly in London for the European elections.

    Steve Hart has been at the heart of London Labour politics for over a decade, having forged close relations with Ken Livingstone’s mayoral administration. When Livingstone’s former chief of staff, Simon Fletcher moved in to a senior position at the London Labour party before the last election, Hart’s influence increased.

    When the continuity Kennites took control of key positions in the London Labour party after the general election, Steve Hart’s role in London Labour grew.

    And when Simon Fletcher joined Ed Miliband’s office with responsibility for union liaison, earlier this year, Hart’s personal connections extended right to the top of the party.

    But unions are jealous, internecine places. Their internal politics are largely masked to the outside world but as with all large organisations, the competition and back stabbing are vicious.

    Steve Hart’s increasing influence would not have been welcome, particularly to those on the left of the union vying for control of Unite’s political direction.

    Len McCluskey’s chief of staff, Andrew Murray, is a card carrying member for the Communist Party of Britain and no friend to Labour.

    Merger talks with the PCS union are advancing, and Mark Serwotka, the comparatively youthful general secretary of PCS has been scathing about the party’s acceptance of austerity and helped ensure there is no move to affiliation with the Labour party.

    And in the recent leadership election in Unite, Jerry Hicks’ one man challenge from the left was built on opposing Unite’s unconditional support for Labour. The rise in his vote, from 22% when he ran against Len McCluskey in 2010 to 35% in 2013 is indicative of a union rank and file that is headed left.

    In this context, Ed Balls’ speech last week was an incendiary intervention. The commitment to Tory spending plans for the first year of the new parliament cut the ground from underneath those, like Steve Hart, in the union advocating working through Labour.

    For the left within Unite, the proposition is now simple: if the union’s Labour loyalists could not prevent the party from committing to Tory spending plans, with all of the painful cuts that this will entail, then what is the point of their strategy?

    It was notable that while Len McCluskey busily tweeted his approval of Ed Miliband’s welfare speech last week, there was radio silence on Ed Balls’ earlier effort.

    When Uncut contacted the Unite press office last week about whether the union would be commenting on Labour’s commitment to Tory spending plans, the enigmatic response was that, “a considered statement would be made in time.”

    In contrast to Steve Hart, although Jennie Formby sits on the NEC, she is a leading light in a left wing faction of Unite called United Left.

    United Left have grown rapidly in influence within Unite since their founding in 2010 and place far greater emphasis on independent action. The type of independent action that Unite will be taking if a Labour government tried to implement the cuts Ed Balls committed to last week.

    Despite the personal enmities and Ed Balls’ change in Labour’s fiscal direction, there was still a chance Hart could have survived. But he was already dangerously low on political capital within the union.

    Steve Hart was national political director of a political operation that is seen to be misfiring. The fiasco over the selection of Labour’s European candidates is symptomatic of a wider problem.

    The issue for Hart within the union is not the fixing – no one in the union disagrees with the goal of installing Unite placemen and women as Labour candidates.

    The problem has been the scrutiny and headlines generated by the clumsy nature of the fixing. Motions criticising the selection process have rippled across London CLPs with the row making front page news in the national press.

    Len McCluskey has had to publicly defend Unite’s conduct and the union has become embroiled in a running row that has made Unite activity in candidate selection an increasingly sensitive topic within the Labour party.

    This is not how a political operation is meant to work. The dark arts require shadows, not the harsh spotlight of national newspaper stories.

    For Labour, Steve Hart’s removal is likely to presage a new relationship with Unite. Despite Len McCluskey’s warm words for Ed Miliband’s speech last week, the elephant in the room is Ed Balls’ commitment to Tory spending plans.

    Given Len McCluskey’s re-election platform within Unite, not to mention the impending PCS merger, any move by Labour to implement Tory spending plans – even committments to specific cuts, in opposition, that would hit union members – will spark a bitter fight .

    In this light, the removal of Steve Hart appears to be an ominous first move by Unite in preparation for a conflict to come.

    Atul Hatwal is editor at Uncut

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    • 40

      Very interesting.
      But I can’t see a split from Labour. But it doesn’t take much to frighten the Miliband party. Just a suspension of donations. Blair was smart enough to move away from the scrotum holders. {though not smart enough not to get caught flogging the nation’s honours list to the highest bidders}.

      Miliband will struggle to replicate New Labour’s early popularity with business and banking. He is totally dependent on union funds so can’t move far from their orbit.

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    • 70
      Warren says:

      “The rise in his vote, from 22% when he ran against Len McCluskey in 2010 to 35% in 2013 is indicative of a union rank and file that is headed left.”

      Simplistic extrapolation. I voted for Jerry Hicks as the Not Len McCluskey candidate. Others did too.

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        FFS says:

        Hardly anybody votes in Unite leadership elections anyway, so the result is effectively random.

        As for Unite “acting independently” this is something McCluskey has been threatening since the coalition came to power and frankly he doesn’t have the rank and file behind him so his threats of mass strike action have proven futile.

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    Ron Barras says:

    This is very sinister, proof of a move to seize control of the Labour Party.

    Neil Kinnock had to confront the Militant takeover of Labour but it looks like Ed Miliband is too spineless to take a stand. He’s said nowt.

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      Ed Milibandwagon says:

      Anyone who thays i am fwightened of my own thadow is being widiculous.

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        the mask slips says:

        Unite, McCluskey and Twatson always knew that Millibland was spineless and malleable.
        That’s why he was elected.

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  6. 11
    FFS says:

    Len McCluskey is 63 years old.

    Why doesn’t he just fuck off?

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      Red Ed's non-predator union bosses says:

      Because I’m paid megabucks to do fuck all squared. Except to be militant.

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      Jono says:

      Why should he? He’s on the cusp of seizing control of the Labour party.

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      • 94
        FFS says:

        O….K….

        And Labour’s chances of getting elected once the then retirement age McCluskey has put himself in the driving seat are how good???

        This is McCluskey we are talking about here. A man that has a habit of calling strikes that never happen because they don’t have any support. He’s even more ineffectual than Millibland, largely because he lives in a bizarre Marxist dream-world where he thinks of himself as some kind of working class saviour and all-round Che Guevara.Fundamentally he’s a twat, elected to his position by a small percentage of baggage handlers and hospital porters.

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  7. 12
    fruitcake says:

    “Labour – they are on our side”

    Oh my, you really mean “Labour – they are on Unite’s side”

    Where is Wolfie Jones?

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  8. 14
    Tedious person says:

    Story reblogged on some blog which nobody cares about.

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  9. 15
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Aha, the mask has slipped and we can see Labour are a sham front for sinister forces of militant trade unionism.

    Where’s Ed Miliband in all this? Cashing Red Len’s cheque, that’s where!

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  10. 20
    Hitler says:

    Efforts will be made to develop an espirit de corps, including clothing.

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  11. 21
    Brenda says:

    My 2016 New Year’s Honours List — Lord McCluskey of Mersey Docks — as nominated by my latest pathetic little Prime Minister, who Filip says is even worse than that tosser Cameron as if that’s possible.

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  12. 22
    Clown (Ex Swivel-Eyed Loon) says:

    Unite’s uniformed army plot to win seats: “Efforts will be made to develop an espirit de corps, including clothing”

    Brown shirts?

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  13. 25
    English speaker says:

    “verbal” doesn’t mean “not in writing”. It means “in words”. Perhaps he means “oral”.

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  14. 27
    A nincumpoop says:

    Ed doesn’t mention welfare (uncomfortable).

    Guido doesn’t mention Rupert (as contracted).

    Seems fair.

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    Wikijonesia says:

    Jonoganda is a form of communication aimed towards influencing the attitude of the community toward some cause or position by presenting only one side of an argument. Jonoganda statements may be partly false and partly true. Jonoganda is usually repeated and dispersed over a wide variety of media in order to create the chosen result in audience attitudes.

    As opposed to impartially providing information, Jonoganda, in its most basic sense, presents information primarily to influence an audience. Jonoganda often presents facts selectively (thus possibly lying by omission) to encourage a particular synthesis, or uses loaded messages to produce an emotional rather than rational response to the information presented. The desired result is a change of the attitude toward the subject in the target audience to further a political, religious or commercial agenda.

    Jonoganda can be used as a form of ideological or commercial warfare.

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    Anonymous says:

    A man infected with the novel Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-nCV) has died in a UK hospital.

    He was flown to St Thomas’ Hospital in London from Qatar in September last year.

    Maybe this will sort them out.
    Why ship him to the UK to die ??

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  17. 34
    Wikijonesia says:

    Jonesery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold by Unions and political parties, and are forced not to work.[1] Jonos can be held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, to work, or to demand compensation. Historically, Jonesery was institutionally recognized by many societies; in more recent times Jonesery has been outlawed in most societies but continues through the practices of debt bondage, indentured servitude, serfdom, domestic servants kept in captivity, certain adoptions in which children are forced to not work, child soldiers, and forced marriage.[2] Jonesery is illegal in every country in the world, but there are still an estimated 27 million slaves worldwide; some opponents are hopeful that Jonesery can be eradicated by 2042.[3]

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  18. 36
    Unity-M says:

    I think uniforms are a whizz-band idea

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  19. 41
    Point of Information says:

    Were they thinking of uniforms, perhaps cleanly cut with nice collars and made of dark materials ?

    Possibly with a ‘brown’ feel ?

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  20. 42
    bald old git says:

    Cameron should write to Miliband privately to ask him whether he wants HMG to launch a judge-led enquiry into the clear subversion of the political process by vested interests.

    Oh no, chicken might come home to roost …

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    • 51
      Mr Pedigree Foreskin QC says:

      I like the sounds of that.

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    • 71
      Fishy says:

      Quite.

      Which is another reason why the speaker was wrong to slap down the Tory MP who asked about this at PMQs yesterday. BerCOW might have seen it as a Labour Party matter, but it isn’t…it’s about entryism into our political system

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  21. 43
    Doctor Fox says:

    Dave has just called in The Egyptian Ambassador and told him to sling its hook until there are free and fair Elections.

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    • 48
      Len McCluskey says:

      We in Unite stand shoulder to shoulder with the Prime Minister on this one.

      We do not follow William Hague’s line to lie low when a fledgling democracy is being smashed by armoured vehicles provided by God alone knows who.

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    • 49
      Egyptian Army says:

      It was a free and fair coup…

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      • 58
        Al Jareera says:

        9,258 members of the Muslim Brotherhood already arrested.

        Is it a fair cop?

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        • 64
          Point of Information says:

          Brotherhood are CIA funded.

          Yes – fair, and hopefully their filthy faces will never be seen again.

          There are a lot more to be rounded up.

          The next stop will be dealing with the Salafi mongs in the Southern half of the country. If they tone it down, fine, if not, they’re for the chop.

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    • 53
      An old mummy says:

      What a Giza. He’ll go far-aoh with this pyramid scheme.

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  22. 50
    Blank sheet of paper finally says:

    It’s the Swan Nation that Red Ed keeps going on about. Furious communist activity out of sight below the water line, while all is serene above.

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  23. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Whatever else they are they bang to rights about UKIP – a movement of oldies with no future.

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    • 62
      LibLabConning is the road to ruin says:

      Maybe. Enjoy your trip to the IMF with the begging bowl, you spendthrift LibLabConners — after you’ve finished all your expensive soft loving and caring and inflated your way to economic collapse.

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      • 79
        Anonymous says:

        Strawman. UKIP are a spendthrift, give away party. At least as irresponsible as Labour.

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    • 81
      Right Full Rudder says:

      Rich coming from the union movement.

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  24. 53
    Anonymous says:

    Owen Jones getting roughed up on ITV This morning.

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  25. 55
    Common sense says:

    This is what happens when the Tories poke the unions with a big stick.

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  26. 61
    Pyramid Watch says:

    The events in Egypt are significant foreign policy failures for Blair, Obama (particularly H Clinton), Cameron, and the EU.

    (Blair was involved behind the scenes)

    Now, which of the other ‘Arab Spring’ countries will be next to reverse ?

    Tunisia will likely see another peoples revolution and if L!bya’s patience with the EU funded common purpose scourge that have invaded it’s territory is wearing thin.

    Alger!a and Morocco will be the only countries that will remain stable. We saw what Algeria thinks of Western interference earlier this year at the gas plant.

    Breaking the old North African stability pacts of the cold war is a good thing.

    The outright propaganda that has been peddled to Western viewers, particularly those in Britain, on this represents a major chicken which will likely come home to roost on London.

    Russia will be the winner when the dust settles.

    Time for that Chilcott report. And Dave should resign now.

    Big plus: Egyptian army should be a good customer for UK, unless they are now buying from Ch!na.

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  27. 65
    Ed Miliband: Power Thoughts says:

    Oh well. There’s always postal vote rigging.

    This will distract all the attention from that.

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  28. 72
    David Cameron says:

    Unite

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  29. 74
    Right Full Rudder says:

    Are there any figures for the average salary of a Unite or Unison member? I’d be very interested to know.

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  30. 80
    full time union officials steal our money says:

    Has anyone sorted out the Pilgrims yet?

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  31. 84
    Clown Shoes says:

    This is disgraceful meddling by the unions.

    If they want to be involved in politics they should form their own party and…. oh, yeah.

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  32. 85
    Ed Miliband's Boss says:

    McCluskey says hand the people of Falkirk over to me.
    McCluskey says make them sing and dance for me.
    McCluskey says don’t let that loser Balls play the piano.
    Now stop being a prat, Miliband.

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  33. 87
    Fishy says:

    I see that the BBC (particularly Newsnight) are all over this….in exactly the same way that they picked up the ‘Londoners are trash’ comments from Chucky.

    NOT

    Corrupt bastards

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  34. 88
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Chilcottttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt?
    AndrewMitchellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll?

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  35. 89
    Anonymous says:

    “it’s a stitch up”

    Hopefully.

    One way or another it’ll be the gallows for liblabcon scum.

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  36. 91
    Rt. Hon Butch Cameron MP says:

    Len McCluskey

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  37. 96
    Remittance Man says:

    “Efforts will be made to develop an esprit de corps, including clothing”

    Will the shirts be black or brown?

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