September 4th, 2013

Awkward Tom Watson Cultural References

Proppa blogga Tom Watson loves a cultural reference, so you might have thought he would have been a bit more careful when choosing a title for his latest post this morning. “Unity is strength” are the jarring words that adorn the top of his website. Well, as you can see above, an adaptation of that slogan was used by Oswald Mosley and the British Union of Fascists for starters. Not to mention “Strength Through Unity” being the slogan used by the fascist government in V For Vendetta. “Unity is Strength” was also the motto of the fascist party in Doctor Who. Those old leftist slogans always sounded sinister…


  1. 1
    The cameroons says:

    Labour it seems is a religion to Tommy.


  2. 2
    What a plonker. says:

    Well after all he does belong to the national socialists party.


    • 3
      shooty* says:



      • 17
        Grr says:

        Hey – it worked for N Korea, Cambodia, Iraq, Syria and Liverpool – so don’t knock Socialism.

        I’m sorry if I sounded a bit extreme, and apologies to N Korea for comparing it to the extreme Marxist state of Liverpool.


        • 38
          Nostradamus says:

          Liverpool, and similarly Glasgow, have voted like lemmings for decades for Labour and seem unable to connect perpetual socialism with large-scale unemployment, bleak soviet-style tower blocks full of smackheads and an average life expectancy that would make a Congolese child soldier wince.


          • Jimmy says:

            Liverpool has only ever been Labour for relatively short periods. It was tory held until the 50s. Since the 1974 reorganisation it has been Labour controlled for only 14 years out of 39.


          • Grr says:

            Most things I’ve heard from the leadership of the People’s Republic Of Liverpool would make a Soviet propagandist wince.

            I’m not saying they’re all extreme, but at a N Korean party, they’ll be the ones in the corner no one’s speaking to – as they’re so fundamentalist.

            Heroin anyone?


  3. 4
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    Records just released reveal over 300,000 attempts to access porn sites last year from inside the Houses of Parliament!


    • 30
      Boaz says:

      But I thought Handycock never attended?


    • 34
      Probably for Research says:

      “Parliament’s porn habit revealed as 300,000 attempts made to access ‘adult’ websites from work computers in last year
      Revelations will be awkward for David Cameron who has demanded that internet service providers do more to stop children viewing inappropriate content”


    • 37
      Anonymous says:

      Wow – any chance we could see the list? – that would keep the press busy till Christmas!


  4. 5

    Turnips for everyone!


  5. 6
    Calidius Eroticus says:

    Labour has done more harm to this country than Assad could ever do. We are threatening the wrong enemy.


  6. 6
    mad, swivel-eyed loon says:

    So, is Greedo still slagging off UKIP and pro-war in Syria?


  7. 8
    Mitch says:

    Nothing wrong with the sentiment of the slogan; it’s the intentions of the people who use it that are sinister.


  8. 9
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    I prefer ‘UNITE IS shite’.


  9. 10
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    Sinister indeed, seeing as the latin word for left is sinister.


    • 23
      Crazy Cat Lady says:

      In Greek, the word for left is aristerá..which is from áristos, meaning the best.

      Might be something to do with ancient appeasement of the evil spirits which are found in the left side of the body..the old english word for left side of the body was winestra, meaning friendly (although the root of the word left, in old english, was weak or foolish).

      Of course in politics, this is all nonsense..Was just a reference to a blooming seating arrangement in France..

      Interesting nether the less.


    • 46
      Jimmy says:

      Good point

      Course I never ‘ad the Latin


  10. 11
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:



  11. 13
    Filbert Gibbler says:

    An anagram of ‘Unity is strength’ is: –

    ‘Shitty insurgent’…


  12. 15
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Labour – a jackboot stamping on the face of the indigenous British working class forever.


  13. 18
    Little Black Sambo says:

    “Vis unita fortior” (i.e. both ecclesiastical & secular) was the motto of the prince-bishops of Durham.


  14. 20
    Ed Miliband: Ein Reich (One Nation) says:

    The UK National Socialist Labour Party are revealing more of their hand.


  15. 21
  16. 22
    Anonymous says:

    Also the motto of apartheid South Africa…


  17. 24
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Tom and Ossie. Both senior members of the Labour Party. Interestingly their constituents (West Brom and Smethwick) are only about 3 miles from each other.


  18. 26
    Lexander says:

    Tom has always had a huge ugly gap in his intellectual processes. But let us watch with glee as he continues to ruin the lefties’ pathetic efforts.


  19. 27
    bergen says:

    For Watson history started at year zero-1997- so I doubt if he has the faintest idea of what you’re on about.


  20. 28
    Tommy Tuckshop says:

    Fuck off the lot of you. I’m off down the Friar Park chippie now to get my breakfast. Battered sausage and double chips, that’ll keep me gooin.


  21. 31
    David Jones says:

    Stone love
    she kneels before the grave
    a brave son
    who gave his life to save
    the slogan


  22. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Pathetic even by Greedo’s ‘standards’.


  23. 33
    Not in My Name says:

    In the light of this mornings reference to workers on the dole having to do work after 2 years, can I suggest a slogan for all supporters.

    ‘Freedom through work’

    Sounds better in German tho’


  24. 35
    Peter Martin says:

    Apparently, in his constituency, American fast food chain Arby’s is thinking of expanding its presence in the UK, and Making the first purchase Free.

    Maybe Mr. Watson can chime in with a snappy 3-word slogan to place over the arched entrance in metal type?


  25. 36
    David Walsh says:

    The Mosley slogan was “‘Union’ is strength” and refers to the Union Movement he led after WW2

    Should have gone to spec savetrs


  26. 41
    King Cnut says:

    Another cynical use of the verb ‘to be’ – a much loved ploy by PR guru’s and Ad men alike.


  27. 45
    Jimmy says:

    How about “Jessica is strength”?


  28. 59
    Rich Rostrom says:

    Now Guido – this is a cheap shot. The motto “Union is Strength” long predates Mosley and Fascism. Per Google Ngrams, it was apparently a common catch-phrase in the mid-1800s.

    Lewis Carroll made a joke of it in his comic poem “Scarmoges”.

    I don’t know when and how it appeared back then, but I would say Watson is alluding to that original usage, not Mosley.


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