July 6th, 2013

What Owen Jones and Len McCluskey Don’t Tell You:
Unite Don’t Represent Majority of their Members Politically

Unite’s leaked May 2013 internal political report to the union’s powerful Executive Council written by the union’s political director emphasises that Unite’s priority is to get a majority of its membership in marginal constituencies to vote Labour. Unite’s own research (see page 5) reveals that only a minority of around 37.5% of the membership vote Labour. A figure in line with national polling…

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So when Owen Jones and Len McCluskey claim that Unite represents a political voice for “millions” of its members, it is not completely true. Unite gives political support to the Labour Party whereas most Unite members – according to Unite’s own research – don’t support the Labour Party. McCluskey and his media-friendly paid lobbyist Owen Jones are a small left-wing clique who have got control of the union because most members are apathetic. As evidenced by the fact McCluskey won Unite’s leadership having received only 144,570 votes yet claims to have a “two million strong” union. That if true would make Red Len supported by a mere 7.3% of his members.

owenx480In reality most people join a union to obtain organised represention for themselves in the workplace and primarily in order to have someone to negotiate on bread and butter issues like pay and conditions. They vote on national issues. They certainly don’t join the union to bring about the Marxist wet-dreams of Owen Jones…


214 Comments

  1. 1
    Joe says:

    Well said.

    • 22
      Old Blind Pugh says:

      “owenx480In reality most people join a union to obtain organised represention for themselves in the workplace and primarily in order to have someone to negotiate on bread and butter issues like pay and conditions. They vote on national issues. They certainly don’t join the union to bring about the Marxist wet-dreams of Owen Jones…”
      That is very true, that’s why I joined a union or staff association (I did 2 different jobs where there were different unions) from memory, most did not opt in in one and the other was nonaligned. You have forgive young Owen he is growing lad and his testosterone is rising.

      • 34
        Sall E B A'Cow says:

        Owen Jones is a nieve yoof who hasn’t experience the troubles of the sixties and seventies when we couldn’t go to work because of the strikes, oh and not to mention being unable to bury our dead, thanks to his beloved union leaders.

        • 185
          mad, swivel-eyed loon says:

          More like, he is a Hunt.

        • 204
          Class Interests says:

          So the ‘winter of discontent’ is again being wheeled out by the British upper class – to warn of what happens when ‘selfish’ workers are allowed to stand up for their own interests. It is the same old propaganda about ‘the dead left unburied’ and images of rubbish piled in the streets that is wheeled whenever trade unions make militant noises about pay claims.

          Despite this, some who worked for our beloved right-wing press have since admitted that much of this was simply made up. One tactic was to show pictures of normal rubbish outside cafes or markets and blame it on the union action. And yet, then (as now with with the attacks on Jones) the need was to undermine the left. Clearly, by repeating anti-working class rubbish, this site is helping it’s lord/s and master/s to keep the upper-class war going.

      • 38
        MB. says:

        In the whole of my working career I never saw a single person from the union – I worked in a remote area but often saw senior management from the company. I joined the union briefly but resigned within a year because all we ever saw from the unon was stuff about Apartheid in South Africa, Nicarague and simile Left wing causes. There could be several letters a week about these. They were heading for a strike and we had not had chance to vote or been told anything so I got out of the union.

        That was some years ago but I don’t think things have changed too much

        • 74
          Burgers (and union subs) are bad for you says:

          Me too. I got so sick and tired of the ‘let’s all support Guevara’ crap I cut my card into 8 pieces and sent it back to them – and incidentally gave myself a substantial tax free pay rise in the process by not having to pay the subs.

          • McClucky's Southern Fried Chicken. says:

            UNITE should look to have candidates in all parties that reflect the political make up of its membership. UNITE has members who vote CON, LAB, LIBDEM, NATIONALIST, ELP AND BNP etc etc. the sad truth is that the left have ideologically cornered the union market. In many countries you can a union in the workplace that represents your political view. With idiots like McClusky some lateral fair thinking is out of the question of course.

          • MB. says:

            I wrote to resign and got a sarcastic reply that I should have resigned through my branch secretary quoting a rule number and enclosing a copy of the rules. I thanked them and explained that I did not know who my branch secretary was and quoting another rule number that they should have sent me a copy of the rules when I joined which they did not. I also pointed out that I had told Salaries to cease payments to them so was not too bothered whether they considered me still a member or not. Never heard from them again.

          • mad, swivel-eyed loon says:

            I’ve only been in a union once, USDAW, when I was forced to in 1982, in my first job. I was there for about a year and when I got made redundant (shop was closed – Tesco Home & Wear) I didn’t get one bit of help from the union.

            So, fuck ‘em.

          • Anonymous says:

            So, when in the union, you would handed back any pay increase won the hated unions?

        • 191
          golli says:

          Ditto. I told the NUJ their job was to fight for better wages/freelance fees for us from the media not kowtow to Leveson or wank on about the third world and other Owen Jones-like causes. Only response was to remind me to pay me subs!

      • 64
        Lord Stansted says:

        Fortunately, I have never been a member of any Union or “professional” body throughout a working life of 50 years.

      • 148
        Guido is a Jeremy Hunt says:

        well said sir

    • 45
      Diddley says:

      +1

    • 47
      Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

      We’ll hear alot more about that gang member stephen lawrence than we will about this totally innocent victim of jihad

      http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/man-accused-murdering-kieran-crump-raiswell-4870028

      • 197
        Truthteller says:

        Of course, what else should we expect from the MSM and the political establishment.

    • 53
    • 70
      Roger The lodger says:

      Hang on. If Mcluskey & his stooges end up selecting no-hopers like Miliband as prospective candidates then libour have no hope. So long the electorate can be trusted to recognise a tw@t when it shows up on BBC QT.

    • 80
      Sir William Waad says:

      If all employers treated their staff decently, there would be no need for trade unions at all. Unfortunately, too many employers, including government and local government, are slippery bunches of spivs in relation to their employees.

      • 93
        Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

        No the problem is that taxation + immigration causes there to be many fewer opportunities to move employer, hence favoring crap employers.

        Need less immigrants and lower employment taxes.

      • 129
        Anonymous says:

        If your work involves members of the public, you reall need to be in a union for representation in the event of being sued !

        • 176
          Through the Chair says:

          Of course, Union Members should remember that they are able to exempt themselves from paying the POLITICAL LEVY part of their subs.

          Not many people know this.

    • 142
      Dictionary definition of fraud says:

      A few arrests are required to prevent further collusion and loss of evidence. These are dangerous people.

    • 163
      Officer Dibble says:

      Is there a UKIP-aligned union we could all join?

    • 195
      Masters of the universe says:

      If you want representation do you need a union in this day & age ?

      • 206
        Pro-Business Lap Dog says:

        Why there are many right-wing, business friendly, unions folks can join – but they are all c**p at protecting workers rights.

      • 207
        Anonymous says:

        If you really enjoy being walked over by your boss, then don’t have anything to do strong unions.

  2. 2
    Chriselee says:

    Owen Jones mummy loves him

    • 71
      I Hate Tesco AND The Pop says:

      This is a serious question – who is Owen Jones? I saw him on the Brillo/Portillo show a few months ago. Is he another of those who have risen without trace?

      • 110
        East India Company Wallah says:

        He had some minor roles @ “in the night garden”

        • 119
          I Hate Tesco AND The Pope says:

          Thanks, EICW. That helps explain the irritating little twat’s precocious behaviour. He’s almost as annoying as Anonymous, n’est-ce pas?

          • Chriselee says:

            He’s a sixteen year old “bender”.If you fancy a bit of “brown hatting”then look no further,he’s the boy for you.

          • Anonymous says:

            If he is annoying you Right Wing Nuts, then he doing a great job.

  3. 3
    Jowen Owns says:

    My wet dreams have never included Stalin. Only a stain

  4. 4
    owen boy jones says:

    leave me alone

  5. 5

    Apathy is the enemy. You’d think it would be fairly easy to overcome, but surprisingly, no…

    • 13
      Melkree says:

      Indeed, although many are of the mind ‘fuck the LibLabCon’ they’re all the same.

      • 32
        Old Blind Pugh says:

        In the one party constituencies i.e. jobbies for life constituencies where the usual candidate gets in, without any effort, that is where the apathy shows. It should be compulsory for all residents in an area to register to vote, and then it should be compulsory for all registered voters to attend a polling station unless they have a doctor’s note saying why they can not attend the poling station and given a postal vote, these African countries put the voters in this country to shame.

        • 49
          Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

          How would that change the rotten boroughs?

          Might be better to alternate boundaries.

          • Old Blind Pugh says:

            By Rotten Boroughs I guess you mean the jobbies for life constituencies. It may just concentrate minds, the turn out for a GE is approx. 70% and falling, the 30% that don’t vote who knows how they vote, when I go to vote the number of names crossed out by 12 noon is vastly exceeded by the uncrossed ones. Local council elections have become a joke with about 30-40% turnout, maybe they think cannot may any difference in a one party state, a party like Farrage’s just might stir things up a bit, something needs doing. Both major parties move ward borders to suit themselves

          • Anonymous says:

            The rotten boroughs are the ‘community leader’ led ethnic block postal vote constituencies. Get them into Britain, get them claiming benefits and use the race and victim cards to vote Red Len.

        • 152
          VOTER-APATHY says:

          I AGREE THAT IT SHOULD BE COMPULSARY TO BE REGISTERED TO VOTE AND THAT IT IS COMPULSARY ( LIKE IN AUSTRALIA ) TO ATTEND A POLLING STATION AND VOTE. NO BLOCK POSTAL VOTES WHICH ARE RIGGED. AND WE SHOULD HAVE I.D. CARDS AS WELL. STOP ALOT OF ASIANS VOTING FOR OTHER ASIANS AND TAKING DRIVING TESTS FOR OTHERS ETC ETC.

  6. 6

    In the late 1960s, it was possible under the law to insist that the political levy of your union membership was paid to a charity of choice and not to the Labour party. For six months, I had work that required me to be a member, as it was a closed shop. I told them I wanted my portion paid to charity. They promised to do just that.

    Of course, they did nothing of the sort.

  7. 7
    Realist says:

    http://news.sky.com/story/1112145/ed-miliband-risks-it-all-in-fight-with-unite

    But of course, if he ‘wins’ his fight, we’ll all know it’s just a meaningless put up job. He knows who his paymasters are.

    • 188
      The working class can kiss my arse I'm a union Lord at last says:

      The only way the public will have confidence that Miliband has won this “fight” with Unite is if Labour ceases to accept any funding from the union.
      Anything less than that proves it’s a sham designed to hoodwink the electorate.

      • 210
        Pro-Business Lap Dog says:

        So will the Tory Party now give back millions from the banks and big business?

  8. 8
    East India Company Wallah says:

    If Owen Jones is a true marxist he must surely reject all income above the median industrial wage-well that or the benefit ceiling

  9. 9
    Fishy says:

    Guido, just a couple of corrections:

    McCluskey and his media-friendly paid lobbyist Owen Jones are a small left-wing clique who have got control of the union because most members are apathetic.

    - That should read hard-left wing

    In reality most people join a union to obtain organised representation for themselves in the workplace.

    - In my experience people join a union for legal, insurance support and discounts on holidays etc

    • 12
      Guido is a Jeremy Hunt says:

      Exactly the reason I joined the R.M.T. upon starting on the Railway in 1998, not because I’d got left wing fantasies that I wanted to play out but for legal representation incase of a mishap at work, negotiating pay and conditions and insurance. Reading my RMT News most of it consists of Bob Crow banging on about Cuba, the Labour party etc which has no interest to me whatsoever.

      • 31
        Sall E B A'Cow says:

        Most of the people I screw, are union members because if they don’t join they can’t have a job, especially in the public service sector, IT’S ALL A CLOSED SHOP, and don’t let anyone tell you any different.

      • 88
        Fred Kite says:

        Don’t forget the cornfields and ballet in the evenings.

        • 120
          I Hate Tesco AND The Pope says:

          Bob Crow (or is it Crowe?) has the same IQ as my dead goldfish.

  10. 11
    Owen Jones says:

    How about this then Guido ?

    Fantastic “Socialist Worker” sale in Hackney’s Narrow Way today. Sold out of all papers brought down and that on the hottest day of the year.

    • 18
      Laughing hangman says:

      So people are short of toilet paper then.

    • 19
      East India Company Wallah says:

      Give up-its over
      Only North Korea left
      Cuba is heading to a social market economy and China is a low tax capitalist country albeit a one party state
      Most of the worlds population realise that Karl Marx was a lazy shyster who saw a handy living to be enjoyed as a member of the beaurocratic class to be inserted between the elite and the serfs

    • 161
      Madness says:

      Is that the best you can do little boy. You still do not get it do you.

      The unions, Labour & Owen Jones are laughable at the moment. A gift that keeps on giving.

      • 166
        Ghost of Marx (Groucho) says:

        Owen. let me tell you a little story of the little engine that could.
        It was just a story.
        Now let me tell you another story. No one gives as shit about you, McToughshit or RetardEd (take your pick which one) and like TWatson, we can’t wait to witness either your downfall and disgrace, or your freak show irrelevance like Sad Skinner, the Disneyland of the Miners dispute.
        Capiche ?

  11. 14
    O. Jones says:

    Please be easy on me, I am a novice in all this big boy stuff.

  12. 15
    Anonymous says:

    A nice little earner………….

    As part of your UNITE Membership, you are entitled to a consultation with Your Tax Refund Limited to see if you are eligible for a tax refund.

    The key features of this service are:
    •No refund = No fee!
    •For every £1 refunded you get 70p
    •Friends and Family can also use this service
    •If Your Tax Refund think that you actually owe tax, only you will be told & not H M Revenue and Customs

  13. 16
    Graham says:

    And yet the BBC have the adolescent Owen Jones at every possible opportunity. Just shows that the BBC is the media for Miliband and the Liebour party. The licence fee should be abolished as it is clearly a political levy.

  14. 17
    Anonymous says:

    Bumped. Here’s Owen Jones lobbying for his master… Red Len.

  15. 23
    jones the vote says:

    research clearly shows that half the population is below average

    • 39
      Jethro Gervingsson says:

      23 Research also shows that among married couples, a mere 50% are women: that’s why we intend to change that, by making Marriage more equal…
      Look for my column in The Mash on Sunday.
      (I only said look for it…)

      • 42
        a standard deviant broken down by sex and age says:

        there’s a 0.5 probability that i’ll make a half-hearted effort

    • 55
      Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

      Didnt we get some Liebor edumakation minister promising to change that?

      • 75
        Burgers are bad for you says:

        According to the telly today, Mr Gove is going to make schools teach proper history. The syllabus will include a history of the Conservative Party in Kirkcaldy 1900 – 1997. Should be good reading…

      • 104
        A Pedant says:

        Garrison Keiller always used to sign off his Lake Wobegon stories with …….

        “Well, that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

    • 83
      Sir William Waad says:

      That’s very unlikely.

      E.g. 40, 40, 70

      Average (i.e. Mean) = 50

      Two-thirds of that population is below average.

  16. 24
    Sall E B A'Cow says:

    Most of the people I screw, are union members because if they don’t join they can’t have a job, especially in the public service sector, IT’S ALL A CLOSED SHOP, and don’t let anyone tell you any different.

    • 26
      Sall E B A'Cow says:

      I forgot, the ones I screw also have to have BIG MEMBERS before I unite with them.

      JOHN, JOHN, where are you? Not on another bloody junket again are you?

  17. 25
    Marty McAuley says:

    Well said

  18. 28
    HenryV says:

    When I was made redundant I had to wait for 3 months for decisions to be made between my employer and the union. Oddly I wasn’t a union member, a third of us who were disposed of weren’t members. I hate national unions with a passion. I worked for a while I worked for a utility. The shop steward railed against everything Tory. Yet he always had something planned for his share dividend pay out and when he fell ill he went BUPA……….

  19. 29
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Come on Unite members, stop being tarred with the McCluskey – Jones brush. You are decent people, so throw out the commies, who only want to cause disruption.
    After all how many of you earn anywhere near the money McCluskey and Jones get.
    Remember Derek Hatton, Arthur Scargill, Jack Jones and Red Robbo, well that’s what you have with McCluskey and Jones.
    Want labour back in for another 13 years of destruction?

    • 52
      Man from the street says:

      500,000 immigrants in last year alone under Cameron.

      • 65
        Len McClusterFucksey says:

        So you don’t understand what the outcomes of Lisbon were then
        Labour signed that you left wing fuckwitted twat

  20. 30
    Ubergruppenfuhrer Owen Jones says:

    Ein großer Tag fürs deutsche Tennis. Heute sind wir alle Wimbledon. Auch ich;) viel Glück.

    Seig Heil !

  21. 33
    jmf says:

    Just read an article in the telegraph, do his “extra short legs” qualify bercow as special needs, maybe he can get some bennies for that.

    • 36
      Col. Nut says:

      He can get free treatment from the National ‘elf Service and Social Services might provide him with a Gnome Help.

      • 40
        Jethro says:

        36 …and I understand his Wife’s well-acquainted with Gobblins…

        • 167
          Ghost of Marx (Groucho) says:

          No, she seems to be an expert in Leprechauns, which is Irish for goblin, I believe.

    • 44
      Dr. Jethro-Holmes says:

      33 … just read your bit, jmf: although it’s not a Nofitiable Disease, and is not believed to be Contagious, or even Infectious, Duck’s Disease is very serious (major presenting Symptom: Ass touching the ground), and is known to be a Vector for a cluster of Psychological problems.

  22. 41
    Dan Hodges says:

    I demand a judge led inquiry to ascertain the truth.

    The terms of reference….

    Was Owen Jones “a media-friendly paid lobbyist for Unite the Union?”

  23. 43
    A Right Tit says:
    • 48
      dai laughing says:

      the institute of hand-wringing sees its opportunity – those mothers not ‘on the tit’ are, one can infer, so stupid that the rest of us have to fund the social self service to tell them not stuff their wains with Col. Gutbuster’s Greaseburgers until they are already 15 stones in weight

    • 62
      Hang The Bostards says:

      There are plenty of feckless mums sucking on the National Teet !

      • 77
        Burgers are bad for you says:

        Did Di feed her brat herself. Is that where she perfected the art of suckling from the public teats?

    • 66
      Len McClusterFucksey says:

      Oi fatbot have they killed any yet?

      No, well shut the fuck up then . Now about Stafford?

    • 86
      Anonymous says:

      what the fuck has this to do with budget cuts ???

    • 87
      Sir William Waad says:

      Lady Waad is unsure as to what ‘support’ is required. Baby, nipple, try to stay awake, repeat.

    • 160
      Robin Friday says:

      FFS! Why do you need a Govt body to tell you to get your tit out and feed your kid? If you want to breast feed then fucking do it. If not then fucking don’t. Can you wipe your fat arse without someone telling you to do it?

      • 181
        Through the Chair says:

        Fortunately, if you are a Muslim, there are clear and concise instructions in the Koran on the correct way to wipe your arse. As a useful extra there are also specific recommendations on the correct way to beat your wife.

  24. 46
    Anonymous says:

    So is it possible to get enough people to join Unite (pledgebank), in order to then vote for *very* different leadership and oooh maybe decide to spend the political fund on a different party?

    • 124
      I Hate Tesco AND The Pope says:

      It really is time you changed your medication, Anonymous.

  25. 50
    The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

    Owen Jones lies: Anyone who listens to him and believes a word he says is a mong to themselves. Len is a union crook.

    The issue of union lying about its representation though should cast a spotlight on the apparent Labour support the BBC keep propagandizing and the polls apparently indicate.

    Labour support is significantly lower: As the diagram above hints the UKIP support / Conservative support is larger than the propaganda is revealing.

    • 57
      Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

      Most of the union leadership are crooks. It’s just the NUJ/SWP axis that means the general public never find out.

  26. 56
    Riggsy Brown says:

    Read various rumours/assertions, but can it be substantiated beyond reasonable doubt that Mong Boy is being funded – in any way – by Unite?

  27. 58
    Len McClusterFucksey says:

    Can you just imagine the wailing from Labour if the Tories had done this. And the BBC ( remember plod gate they kept that going for months)

    • 153
      BBC red bottom says:

      Plod gate! Oh yeah!
      We were trailing that’s lead item for weeks.
      But since its gone for a story about a Tory toff swearing at underlings to one of corruption, lies, fraud and criminality in the police force we can’t see the point in following it anymore.

  28. 59
    Scottish Chav says:

    “most people join a union to obtain organised represention for themselves in the workplace and primarily in order to have someone to negotiate on bread and butter issues like pay and conditions. They vote on national issues. They certainly don’t join the union to bring about the Marxist wet-dreams of Owen Jones…”

    frak me … you pinched this from my blog didnt you? (although you left out the bit where I mentioned that jones is a rent-a-gob, deluded,, fantasist, little nonentity)

  29. 60
    Mark Wouters says:

    Hello,
    If your local council tries to extort council tax from you you can have an Legally unqualified lay person to reresent you under COMMON LAW he must claim IN COURT THAT HE OR SHE CLAIMS COMMON LAW and must ask the Magisterte for his OATH if the Magistrate does HE CAN BE PROSECUTED BY THE POLICE for IMPERSONATINGA JUDGE…Councils are breaking the 1911 Fraud and perjury laws by issuing you a COUCIL PRINTED /ISSUED SUMMONS.which are NOT ISSuED BY THE COURTS.Parliament makes statutes NOT LAWS.These so called courts are in fact rented rooms at a court and staffed by coucil officals
    The so called Magistrates courts are in fact not courts at all but an illegal sham, made by corrupt councils and COMMERCIAL COURTS.

    • 67
      Len McClusterFucksey says:

      Ah yes very good
      * turns back around to previous conversation*

      As I was saying…

  30. 61
    Hang The Bostards says:

    Owen Jones reminds me of CHICKEN LICKEN !

  31. 68
    Owen Jokes says:

    Owen owned


  32. 72

    Ed Moribund holds a press conference.

    “Look. I want to be perfectly clear.

    With regard to Falkirk ..The very moment .. that I knew…. that something untoward was potentially…about to be leaked to Guido Fawkes..at that moment, I stopped trying to brush it under the carpet and made assurances that I would do whatever it takes to prevent this becoming a really embarrassing story.

    And so far its only a semi-major embarrassing story.

    Also, when it became clear that Tom Watson was involved in vote rigging, well..I immediately demanded he retract his resignation and remain in the shadow cabinet.
    And once he refused I had no alternative but to try and unconvincingly pretend I had sacked him.

    The Labour party is a one union party. The Unite union. But if they think just because they choose our members. Rig our selection process. Infiltrate their paid placemen..and women..onto executive councils. Dictate our policies and pay all of our Party bills .. if Len McCluskey thinks that gives him the right to order me around… then he’s very, very not wrong.

    I hope these 41 few isolated cases; just some 18% of the PLP, will be understood for what they were. Just a handful of thousands of Marxist, Communist union agitators trying to further the cause of International Socialism by ensuring that Unite had more MPs that I did.

    Some have said that Unite planned to replace me with one of their own firebrand, dinosaur shop stewards. That is totally untrue. Let me be 100% crystal clear on this important issue. Unite never had any intention of removing myself as leader.

    Instead they were simply going to threaten to switch their support to another leader. Someone like Ed Balls, a man who’s usual motormouth has been so quiet the last two days you might think he’s fallen down a well, eh?
    By threatening to withdraw support from me Len ensures that I do everything he asks.

    I hope that clarifies what is a very small issue, of no importance to anyone outside the Westminster bubble unless they have some reason to be interested in Democracy.

    I thank Mark Serwotka for his support and for sending me those pictures of President Mohammed Morsi with the National lottery’s “It could be you” crossed fingers stuck on the front of his face.
    Only they weren’t crossed.

    Now I’ll take a few questions, and once ~I have received permission from Len, I might even be allowed to answer some of them.

    Ed Moribund
    Shadow Puppet

    • 92
      Sir Ipso Duckhouse, QC, MP says:

      To ask the right honourable member for Boncaster North whether a hypothetical future Labour government would introduce the compulsory wearing a brown checked flares, platform shoes, mullets and skinny sweaters, whether listening to Boney M would be made mandatory in state schools, and what other steps it would take to recreate the 1970s.

      • 154
        BBC red bottom says:

        Ed Miliband personally played a very large part in his old role at the ministry for energy in ensuring the lights will remain off for several days at a time during the winter.

        Ahhh…happy days.

        • 172
          Haribo Halfwit says:

          Just how many times did the outgoing Labour government hole HMS United Kingdom below the waterline before they finally stole out of Downing Street?

  33. 73
    Seems a bit of an overreaction for a football game says:

    An amateur Brazilian football match ended in tragedy when the 20 year old ref got into an argument with a player over a decision. The player attacked the ref, who retaliated by stabbing the player with a knife he’d been carrying during the match. The player later died. Outraged spectators ran onto the field, tied the ref up, stoned him and then beheaded him, putting his head on a stake in the middle of the field.

    • 79
      Your faviourite action committee junta says:

      Please copy to all MPs, along with the lottery logo and a pic of that Egyptian fellow who has just been evicted. They might just take the hint.

    • 90
      Sir William Waad says:

      Yes, but what was the final score?

      • 95

        When executing the glancing header, you turn your head and shoulders in direction of your aim. This motion redirects the oncoming ball. The glancing header is used for directing crosses in the goal… amongst other things.

      • 125
        Seems a bit of an overreaction for a football game says:

        It went to sudden death.

  34. 76
    Really!! says:

    As evidenced by the fact McCluskey won Unite’s leadership having received only 144,570 votes yet claims to have a “two million strong” union. That if true would make Red Len supported by a mere 7.3% of his members.

    So what happened to one member one vote then?? Looks like 96.7% of the union members need to wake up and vote him out. Or is that classed as vote rigging????

    • 200
      Jagman84 says:

      You need to receive a ballot paper to vote. I am still waiting for mine! Can only assume that it was a “Scousers only” ballot.

  35. 78
    Dan Hodges says:

    When Owen Jones cries, we all cry.

  36. 81
    YoungInnocent says:

    The last Unite leadership election had a 15% turnout – may not be stellar, but it was a lot higher than the new police commissioners!

    Owen Jones is not paid by Unite, don’t know where Guido is getting that from.

    • 84
      is it you - Owen? says:

      Owen – is that you???? :-)

      • 102
        Owen Bennett Jones says:

        yes it’s me Owen “BJ”

        Did you se eme at the posh dinner then? Good job I went to public school. At least I knew which knife nd fork to use, unlike all those oikey self made men that made it under Thatcher

  37. 91

    Ed Miliband and Len McCluskey at the twin apices of the Labour movement.

    It is rather like a Rhinoceros and a Hippopotamus cohabiting. How ever many times they try copulating, nothing good will ever come of it.

    • 94
      Piet van Kaffirbasher says:

      Miliband looks more like a meerkat than a pachyderm.

    • 97
      The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

      The Hippo / Rhino analogy is more suitable for a Watson / Abbot domestic arrangement.

      Ed and Len are more like Wallace and the Were Rabbit.

      • 98
        The BBC causes serious mental illness says:

        Incidentally the cartoon / analogy breaks down when the election / accounting fraud is taken into account.

        Unless Aardvark are involved, and election fraud has been detected going on between the Hippo’s and Rhino’s.

        Owen Jones, as Fox’s ‘braying Jackal’ is looking more like a Hyena-Ass hybrid these days.

      • 100

        Watershed! Please!

  38. 101
    David Dimblebore says:

    I’ll be sure to mention the fact that Unite’s members don’t support Labour on Question Time. Not!

    • 111
      Idon'tneednodoctor says:

      Dimbleby let Hodge and Robinson rant on last Thursday, now that was a surprise. One guy in the audience asked Hodge if she had ever earnt a working class wage (20k). She had no answer, just waffle. And has for Robinson, what a lefty little shit.
      Hodge and Robinson are both BBC types.

  39. 108
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    As anyone asked if Ed Miliband’s election has labour leader was fiddled? Maybe C4′s Michael Crick could check it out.

  40. 109
    Davidc says:

    as someone with a current a/c in the coop bank what happens to the ca £3.5 million that is out on loan to the labour party if they split with their paymasters ?

    i know that most if not all the shadow cabinet are in the top 1% as regards personal wealth but would they be prepared to risk any of it in order to bail out a party lead by ed – or anyone ?

    • 145
      Point of Information says:

      Ed Balls is going to be paying off some of the debt with body parts.

      Other lesser known Labour party members involved will be cemented into various flyovers and road projects.

      Co-Op Banking could go bust and take down the group as a whole costing lots of jobs, and with luck, push more Labour votes towards UKIP.

  41. 112
    Owen Jones' proctologist says:

    This hole has been well fucked

  42. 115
    Owen Jokes says:

    What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine.

    • 123
      Robin Friday says:

      How have we got to the stage where a thick little pillock like Jones would be listened to?

    • 132
      Ed balls, Rich Socialist Labour MP says:

      I am exempt

    • 134
      Ed Milliband, Rich Socialist Labour MP says:

      And me

    • 138
      Owen Jones is a Mong says:

      They already have to declare their income sources.

      Check through Forbes rich list and you will find some of the others.

      Their tax returns are private, but some may not mind publishing those to show how much they have to contribute to the country.

      Owen Jones on this – the following is the response to this tack of his:

  43. 116
    Ah! Monika says:

    But don’t mention the NUTs who are brainwashing our kids.

    • 126
      Ah! Monika says:

      If it were only that!

      But it’s the reasons they feed the kids for going on strike etc.etc.etc..

  44. 117
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Very hot and humid outside. Could be meltdown time, yes.

  45. 122
    Ah! Monika says:

    The Met office are on their way to Portugal to look for clues as to how better to forecast rain.

    Meanwhile the MET chase wild geese.

  46. 127
    Unite Against Fascism says:

    We think it’s disgusting that Abu Qatada is being deported this evening. He is a victim of the coalition. This is an Islamaphobic act. We don’t care that he hates gays, women and J*ws and that it exposes us as the hypocritical fuckwits we are. Allahu akbar.

    • 175
      Haribo Halfwit says:

      Confused. Unless they have an affiliation to ‘Unite – the Union’, does not grammar dictate they should be called ‘United Against Fascism’?

  47. 128
    It's Abu time says:

    I sincerely hope the Jordanians won’t abide by the treaty. I’d like Qatada to arrive there and be taken to a cell whereupon he’s waterboarded and bummed in turn.

    • 143
      Point of Information says:

      It’s surprising what you can do with a bucket of water, bath sponge and car battery when you put your mind to it. Or rather when the Jordanian’s continue to publicly comply with the treaty.

      Good riddance Abu: Don’t bother applying for an entry visa to return – ever.

  48. 131
    Living in 97.2% white Merseyside says:

    Poor Owen Jones.

    And here’s me thinking he had a great future behind him!

  49. 133
    broderick crawford says:

    SORRY TO GO OFF MESSAGE BUT;;;;;

    have you heard the ALLEGATION that a 20 year old referee knifed a player after he was assaulted by same in retaliation for being sent off.

    the player died .

    in revenge some in the crowd beat up the ref tied him up stoned him then knifed him then drew and quartered his body with a scythe then beheaded him and stuck his head on some fencing . Police arrested one suspect and seeking two others .

    apparently whole thing caught on a mobile phone .

    happened in brazil amateur match last weekend .

    happy olympics and world cup !!

    • 140
      dai laughing says:

      ….and they all lived happily ever afterwards…..

    • 141
      Point of Information says:

      On the one hand witch craft is still actively practiced in many parts of Brazil.

      On the other, these guys sound like they would vote Labour by post.

    • 179
      barber says:

      Why don’t you read the fucking thread before leaping into print, Dimbo??

  50. 135
    Abu Qatada says:

    Many Salaams to my brother Owen Jones.

    Interested in where your Health Secretary’s donations come from? See Jeremy Hunt’s record here: http://searchthemoney.com/profile/313

  51. 137
    Ah! Monika says:

    British and Irish Lions 2013: Victorious coach Warren Gatland unable to enjoy win after ‘vitriolic’ criticism.

    Well it’s a big congratulations from me Warren for ” putting your balls on the line”

    Fancy a job in politics?

    Thought not.

  52. 139
    Dan Hodges says:

    Strange how everyone is now surprised at Unite wielding their power. We at the @Backbencher reported in this back in Oct. Try to keep up Owen Jones,you fool!

  53. 151
    A Green party spokesperson says:

    If anybody needed proof of Global Warming they need look no further than todays weather.

    Put that in your pipe and smoke it, you Fascist right wing deniers.

    I hope you all burn in fires across England when it all catches alight, and I really hope it does just to watch you and all your evil cars burn.

    • 155
      Eco loons aren't wrong. But they are Luddite fools says:

      The weather does lots of things.
      But the climate has changed even recently.

      Floods and harvest failures two years ago forced up the price of grain.
      Only GM crops keeps the price of bread down.

      Those idiot do loons want to stop that as well. They really do want to kill millions just so they can fell good about themselves.

      Wankers.

      • 212
        GM Tea says:

        Had big business any interest in feeding the world, would they not have done it by now? Don’t know about keeping price of bread down for the many, GM certainly help the profits of the few.

    • 156
      Anonymous says:

      Eddie Izzard will start them with his chinese lanterns

  54. 157
    Anonymous says:

    Well Guido have you worked out how much money Unite should distribute to each political party ?

    Unite can solve the political funding problem all on their own.

  55. 158
    Vacant Possession says:

    I have no idea why ‘Unite’ don’t just come out of the closet and rename themselves just ‘Blackmail’ or ‘Blackmail all taxpayers who don’t belong to Unite’.

    Surely they can see that ‘Unite’ as the name of a politicised union is an oxymoron?

    What is their membership doing? Are they happy having a leadership that wants to buy power and stiff the rest of us? I guess so.

  56. 168
    OiOi says:

    You may wish to save this before it disappears

    Unite: Working in Westminster.

    Unite claim to have around 100 MP’s and around 25 Peers in their pocket!

    http://archive.unitetheunion.org/pdf/%28JN2984%29%20Unite%20Working%20in%20Westminster.pdf

  57. 174

    Oh dear thats another get well card

  58. 177
    Andrei says:

    What you dont say is that a lot of unite members never voted. One party or another. And also some of us,we are not allow to vote. I’m a unite member and a labour member, but I’m not allow to vote on the Gen elections. Before you write inform yourself.

  59. 180
    John Tandy says:

    Time to reform in law these undemocratic organisations….

  60. 189

    a small left-wing clique who have got control of the union because most members are apathetic

    From what I have heard that pretty much sums up the situation in most unions.

    Then again, one could say the same thing about the country – on most issues the general public are far more robustly right-wing than the political class that claims to represent them and rules in their name.

  61. 190
    Anonymous says:

    This graphic and story are just wrong. The article you link to says that around two-thirds of votes from Unite are for Labour. You either didn’t read the link properly or trying to mislead.

    (You pretend that 37% of people in the UK are voting Labour, when it’s nearer 20% given that lots of people don’t vote)

  62. 194

    ‘ere we go Marxist mafia and Trade Union mafia. Nasty tasting cocktail, innit?

  63. 196
    Beness says:

    I’m a unite member. last year I was made redundant, I contested my case myself and got my job back. Never heard a peep from the union in all the time (5 weeks) it was going on.

  64. 198
    Tom Fatson says:

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  65. 214
    Anonymous says:

    “…McCluskey and his media-friendly paid lobbyist Owen Jones are a small left-wing clique who have got control of the union because most members are apathetic…”

    Apathy. That could be said about most of the population. Even the ones who vote Tory.


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Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

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