August 27th, 2013

Gove Borrows Union Bashing Speech From Himself

Guido has been at Michael Gove’s speech laying into the unions this morning. All good stuff comparing Miliband to Kinnock and the unions to the Militant Tendency.

“The contrast with Neil Kinnock, who originally faced down the Militant Tendency over entryism, is striking and not at all flattering to Ed Miliband. While Kinnock moved bravely and remorselessly to eradicate Militant’s influence and Militant-sponsored MPs from Labour, Miliband has done nothing to stop the takeover of his own party. The sad truth is that charming, intelligent, eloquent, thoughtful, generous and chivalrous as Ed Miliband may be, in this critical test of leadership he has been uncertain, irresolute, weak. To the question of who governs Labour, his answer would appear to be, increasingly, the unions.”

One thing struck Guido more than anything else however, it almost felt like he had heard this speech before. For a reason. Worth taking a look at Gove’s speech making a very similar comparison back in March 2010.

“This is just the tip of iceberg of a new Militant Tendency in the next generation of Labour MPs. Labour’s re-unionisation has put them in bed with the past at a time when it is crucial that this country wakes up to the future. The last thing we need a political system where genuine participation in democracy is out-muscled by union power.”

And there’s more. Here is Gove today on Tony Blair:

“Tony Blair once argued that the Labour Party should not be the political arm of the trade union movement but the political movement of the British nation as a whole. That’s what One Nation politics means.”

Here is Gove on Tony Blair three years ago:

“Tony Blair wanted the Labour Party to be the political arm not of the trade union movement but of the British people as a whole. But now Labour has become once more the party of division – them and us, partisans and enemies, strikers and bosses.”

Today Gove talked of a “cadre” of Unite candidates:

“Unite wasn’t going to leave anything to chance. It would – like left wing entryist organisations – create its own cadre – or vanguard – of loyal activists.”

Three years ago?

“A new cadre of politicians have been installed, parachuted into fighting parliamentary seats on the strength of their links with the big unions, those who increasingly wield muscle within Labour.”

Points well made of course, then again he’s had plenty of practice.

Elsewhere, Gove brought his speech to a conclusion by asking “what would Tony Blair do?” Cue the first question being on intervention on Syria. Gove praised Hague again and again, insisting “I don’t know, I’m not on the national security council. My brief is education and generally domestic matters.” Encouraging words though on Pilgrims to finish up: “we shouldn’t have taxpayer subsidising union activity when that activity is often not in the public interest”. Something surely everyone can agree on…


  1. 1
    Benny Fitz-Clements says:

    EH ??

  2. 2
    Mr Assad says:

  3. 3
    Jane Pig Grim says:

    Eh ?

  4. 4
    Northern benefits sponger says:

    How dare you attack the spongers way of life. It’s tough living on benefits, I can only afford 4 holidays a year, one pony, flying lessons, drugs, drink and tobacco. I can’t afford to go on cruises like the wealthy people.

  5. 5
    Sergei Sukmiov says:


  6. 6
    "Stabilo Boss" says:

    Good stuff from Gove, it’s like kicking an ants nest and watching them get all worked up.

  7. 7
    The Iron Rod of Rigour says:

    Millions of dole claimants are sponging up other people’s money with their inflated sense of entitlement.

    It’s clear the jobs are available but many prefer to be idle rather than show some initiative and drive.

  8. 8
    gramma says:

    Gove like Shakespeare uses 30000 words with a vocabulary of probably 50000 and pinches a few from a speach he made earlier Guido.
    Give the man a chance.
    Be happy that you , Miliband, Dave and I have to make do with just a vocabulary of 5000 to get our points across.

  9. 9
    Chris Wallis says:

    Gove’s been proved right with the Union Block Vote placing Ed Miliband into the job against the wishes of Labour MPs and rank-and-file party members.

  10. 10
    Comprhensive School Teacher says:

    I hate Gove,he makes me spell big words and do sums.

  11. 11
    Sir William Waid says:


  12. 12
    Jimmy says:

    “Elsewhere, Gove brought his speech to a conclusion by asking “what would Tony Blair do?” Cue the first question being on intervention on Syria. Gove praised Hague again and again, insisting “I don’t know,”

    The coalition in a nutshell.

  13. 13
    Ed Millibands policy on Syria says:

    I Think we should have a full judicial enquiry.

  14. 14
    small letters says:

    Please don’t shout.

  15. 15
    Sir William Waid says:

    Well, he was right about Gordon Brown.

  16. 16
    Sir William Waid says:

    “We will only intervene as part of a United Nations force” would be a good stance.

  17. 17
    Pam Fritter says:

    Can I use fresh fruit and vegetables as a deposit at the Food Bank?

  18. 18
    Postal Vote says:

    So Gove seems to have noticed that last week The Guardian has helped to kick off Labour’s election campaign:

    There were two comments from seasoned Guardian and Observer editors that following next election there will likely again be a hung parliament and consequently coalition or minority governemt. Given that likely outcome Labour should start a charm offensive to cosy up to the lib dems, while libdems are warned against conservative tendencies within the conservative party. So, expect Guaridan and Observer again to endorse the libdems for the elecions, not because they truly endorse them but because the libdems can help Labour into power and the Guardian can again get all the public sector job ads and press regulation in its favour. Also expect some comments in the Guardian in favour of electoral reform, but not as fundamental as proportional representation since Labour still is opposed to that.

    Then today there is a piece in The Guardian from Paul Mason implicating that Labour should change its narrative (what a beautiful word) on the economy as the recovery seem to take hold deeper and broader than expected.

    Clearly The Guardian has been instructed by Miliband’s inner circle tp convey a message that will make a coalition government led by Miliband more likely.

    Labour has kicked off the election campaign last week, helped by the Guardian, and Gove has noticed it.

  19. 19
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    “Encouraging words on Pilgrims” I am afraid that is all we have had from the Tories on this. They have done absolutely nothing about getting rid of these 2500 os so Tax Payer funded leaches.

    The Tories don’t have the political brains to realise they are paying for 2500 activists to campaign against everything they do. This along with the 3rd world scandal that is postal voting will cost they dear at the next election

  20. 20
    Nemo's sister says:

    Very cynical about the way this is all playing out. The recall of parliament is a smoke-screen. A piece of political theatre to legitimise, in the minds of the public, an agenda which has already been set for intervention. Only thing that would convince me otherwise is if they vote against it, and British involvement is restricted to diplomatic solutions.

    Cameron’s nemesis?

  21. 21
    No No No says:

    The British Public thinks it is a bad idea. In a proper democracy, that would be the end of the matter.

  22. 22
    Talking sense says:

    The grotesque evil of this looming war of aggression, which will be kicked off by the humanitarian butchers of the NATO gangster regimes murdering some Syrian bystanders to “punish” their government, is matched by the willingness of the imperial media to cover up the criminality of the premeditated mass murder and crime against peace.

    Cameron really is ‘son of Blair’

  23. 23
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Is that Gordon Brown in glasses?

  24. 24
    Hague's Heel of Achilles says:

    Police apparently interviewing Leon Brittan over Elm House / resurrection of North Wales abuse cases (see Palial) may prove a bit dicey for Hague.

    The cover ups will out.

  25. 25
    No No No says:

    This is more important than the fate of Cameron. A war with Syria would be insane.

  26. 26
    Fitz says:

    Now, we know how much David Cameron is lacking in intelligence. Immediately the infection of TB came in yesterday, he should have pulled out.

    War criminals also like room mates. If DC thinks the reward for war crimes is as lucrative as Tony Blair’s, he will soon find out he’s living in a different time.

    DC is planning for the war the British people is against.

    And whatever happened to ‘we’re broke’?

  27. 27
    Dick Whittington's Cat says:

    What the F**k is this?


  28. 28
    Anonymous says:

    Will they go to prison?

  29. 29

    mr hutton ignores the fact that families have been scrounging parasitically like this for generations

    they are called THE PROFESSIONS

    and very nice it is too – we spawned the politicians – and they know about bread & butter!

  30. 30
    A FARMER says:

    ‘ere where’s my subsidies?

  31. 31
    Empty Ed says:

    Judge led.

  32. 32
    Penfold says:

    Gove sounding like a leader…..

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    Guido-Did Gove ever write for the Observer?

  34. 34
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    “we shouldn’t have taxpayer subsidising union activity when that activity is often not in the public interest”.

    Fine, though, to have taxpayers propping up the banks that almost brought the economy (with help from Brown’s soft touch regulation) to its knees.

  35. 35
    Jimmy says:

    The British public thought Cameron was a good idea.

  36. 36
    Dave Miliband says:

    “generous and chivalrous as Ed Miliband may be” – you’re ‘aving a laugh!

  37. 37
    Jimmy says:

    At least with WWTD? Gove has identified the correct question. All it needs now is the right answer.

  38. 38
    Exciting! says:

    I love it when Guido compares things … Mmmmmm.

  39. 39
    Simon B says:

    Indeed. The unemployed, disabled and anyone else receiving state help should be put in work camps where they can contribute and make profits for the nation. £71 pounds a week that “jobseekers” get is £71 too much.

    And as for the unions, they should be banned and any attempts to re-form them should result in charges of sedition.

  40. 40
    broderick crawford says:

    Andrew and Fergie don’t remember previous marriage

    PRINCE Andrew and the former Duchess of York have begun a romance that neither of them realises is their second.

    The couple, who were married and had two children during the 80s, have no servants from that period who could remind them that they’ve done all this before.

    A source said: “They’re at the flirtation stage. Andy’s saying he’s always fancied redheads, she’s flicking her hair and saying she likes a man who can fly a helicopter.

    “Then they laugh loudly and horsily and guzzle more Pimm’s.”

  41. 41
    Denial_a_river_in_Islington says:

    What would Tony Blair do?

    He’s go and see his mate George, of course. George would greet him with a “Yo! Blair!” and Britain would agree to do whatever America suggested without working out what we’d get back in return in advance or what our exit strategy was. He’s also make a dossier, naturally.

    Worked last time. Can’t see why we wouldn’t do it again…….

  42. 42
    Len Of unite kingdom says:

    Those MPs were voted in by the electorate so don’t count

  43. 43
    "Whack-O" Edwards says:

    Fascinating. This is a whole new concept and approach to both plagiarism and retakes.

    Evidently the first attempt didn’t pass muster or achieve the desired object, so Master Gove has been allowed to re-sit the paper, using some of his previously- prepared assessed coursework.

  44. 44
    South Yorkshire Calling says:


    The British public thought Cameron was a better idea than Brown.

  45. 45
    Penfold says:

    The Times.

    Wife, Sarah Vine is a columnist for Times.

  46. 46
    Percy says:

    Geedes is implying that Govers needle is stuck (he likes to go back to when Maggie ruled absolutely in the last days of vinyl)

  47. 47
    Anonymous says:

    Anyone expecting anything sane, let alone original, from Wanker Gove is a nut job.

    The sooner we have regime change, the sooner he can be dealt with, the sooner his family can be placed in indentured labour to mitigate the damage that twat is doing to the nation.

  48. 48
    Anonymous says:

    and she tells him he’s had sex

  49. 49
    Jumbo says:

    So what?

  50. 50
    Well Tot says:

    Good man Gove!

  51. 51
    Gove is a wanker says:

    It shows just how out of touch the Conservative party are that they are still duking it out with the unions to score political points. This isn’t the 80’s anymore for christ sake, very few of the electorate give a damn. The average joe doesn’t care about union corruption because the ivory tower Gove inhabits is filled with corrupt people, just as his party’s financial backers suffer from their fair share of corruption as well.

    Labour’s filled with unionists, Tories filled with Etonians. Same shit, different colours.

  52. 52
    Popeye says:

    What about your on-line gambling and scratch cards, forgot them bro?

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