Labour Rivals and Trade Unionists Briefed Chuka “Whispers”

Readers will remember the rumours being pushed by Chuka’s left-wing rivals in the days before he stood aside from the Labour leadership race. The union funded propaganda blog Political Scrapbook even added the words “nudge nudge wink wink” to a story amplifying “dog whistle” attacks.

Dan Hodges has more in this week’s Speccie:

“There was no proper reason, and no proper scandal. He was the victim of an elegant, silent old-fashioned Westminster character assassination… Umunna was a candidate for Labour leader, and there were other people who wanted to be leader. So the whispers started. ‘Chuka isn’t going to run,’ I was told by a trade union official back in March. ‘Personal issues.’ He smiled, and tapped the side of his nose. A former Minister had heard it too. ‘The word is “Chuka’s out”. He won’t even enter.’ Again, ‘personal issues’ were cited.

The briefings became so intense that at the Daily Telegraph we discussed whether or not to run a story about them. But we decided that, if we did so, we’d become part of the spin operation.”

Funny that those most loudly criticising the press over Chuka’s ‘personal life’ were from the wing of the party Chuka would have killed off…

Boris Tells Unionised Cabbies: “It’s Called the Free Market”

Ever the equal opportunity offender, Boris has evened up his dig at Uber by antagonising black cab drivers. He told a hostile audience of cabbies in the London Assembly public gallery:

“You are dealing with a huge economic force which is consumer choice and the taxi trade needs to recognise that. Everywhere I go I see yellow lights and I can see the taxi trade is dying and it grieves me, but it is very, very difficult to fight a huge change in consumer preference.

[Heckler shouts that cabbies are being undercut.]

Yes they are. It’s called the free market… There’s a rail strike on Tuesday, you might get some fares.”

Yet rather than take advantage of the strike, cabbies are instead planning on spending the day protesting themselves…

Theresa May Slams “Scaremongering” Police Federation

Theresa May stood up in front of the Police Federation this afternoon and tore them a new one:

“This weekend the federation warned that spending reductions mean that we will be forced to adopt a paramilitary style of policing in Britain. Today you said that neighbourhood police officers are an endangered species.

I have to tell you that this kind of scaremongering does nobody any good. It doesn’t serve you, it doesn’t serve the officers you represent and it does not serve the public.

In 2002 you said David Blunkett had done more harm to the police in five minutes than others have taken years to do. In 2004 you said Labour were going to destroy policing in this country for ever. And in 2007 you said the government had betrayed the police.

Now, I disagree with Labour policies, but even I don’t think those things are true.

You said police officers were demoralised in 2002, 2004 and 2007 and 2012. You warned of police officers’ anger in 2002, 2005 and 2008. And you warned that the police and the public were being put in danger in 2001, 2004 and 2007.

The truth is that crime fell in each of those years. It has fallen further since, and our country is safer than it has ever been.

So, please, for your sake, and for the thousands of police officers who work so hard every day, this crying wolf has to stop.”

To polite applause…

Unions Dug Their Own Carbon Neutral Graves

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It has been confirmed today that Ferrybridge C coal power station will be closing next year, leading to a loss of 172 jobs and leaving a 2GW hole in the national grid. Those losing their jobs must be finding it hard to stomach the crocodile tears of their union overlords at the GMB, with the union’s national officer claiming that it’s “devastating news“.

Funny then that the GMB are a partner in the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy group which lobbies for stricter regulation for fossil fuel industries and for unions to fight for an immediate transition to renewable energy:

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“The world cannot wait for fossil fuels to run out before it transitions to a truly sustainable energy system. Decisive action is needed…The energy transition we urgently need is not happening, but this need not be the case. A transition to an energy system where renewable energy grows quickly and eventually becomes dominant is not science fiction….

Current policies aimed at ‘leveling the playing field’ between fossil fuels and renewable sources of power, or introducing effective carbon pricing or renewable energy standards, could play an important role in reducing emissions in certain contexts. But the evidence of recent history suggests that these policies are not designed to address the political and economic power of the fossil fuel companies and the existing production and consumption model.”

SSE, the owners of Ferrybridge were forced into closing the station by the ” impact of environmental legislation”…

Unite MPs Backing Burnham

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“I am attracting support from all parts of the party” said Andy Burnham on Sunday, insisting that Len McCluskey was “wrong” about Labour’s future direction. Well, here is the list of supporters being pushed by Burnham’s friends today:

Of the eleven, seven are either members of Unite or have received donations from Unite.

  • Steve Rotheram
  • Ian Lavery
  • Owen Smith
  • Karl Turner
  • Michael Dugher
  • Rachel Reeves
  • Emma Lewell-Buck

Going for the intellectual heavyweight vote then.

Of the rest, Debbie Abrahams is backed by Unison, while Kevin Brennan and Luciana Berger are members of UCATT. He’s the “change candidate”…

ABBA: Anyone But Burnham, Andy

With Andy Burnham adding the name of ‘Action Dan’ Jarvis to his growing list of endorsements, despairing Labour wags who support the campaigns of the four other candidates have privately dubbed themselves “ABBA”, or “Anyone But Burnham, Andy”.

Guido can only speculate as to which band member each most resembles, though Yvette makes a great Anni-Frid.

They’ll be hoping it doesn’t just come down to union money, money, money…

Dim Up North: Carpet-Bagging Unite Candidate Patronises Voters

“Eyup! Is tha’ voting Labour?” is t’slogan on’t t-shirt of woman of t’people Rachael Maskell.

Labour’s York Central candidate showed just how local she is at Bootham Crescent last weekend, home to York City FC.

Except Rachael would never say “eyup!”, because she isn’t from York.

Or even the North.

She lived in London until just a few weeks before she was parachuted in as the Unite choice ahead of several local candidates. Indeed, when she tried to get selected back home in Erith and Thamesmead in 2009, she told supporters “I stand very much as a south east London candidate”. Presumably she put on a cockney accent back then…

Taxpayer Funded Trade Unions Tried to Shield Crooked Lutfur From Justice

Unison in Tower Hamlets were at the centre of the campaign to help Lutfur Rahman escape corruption charges.

When the investigators went into the council building, Unision picketed the event with a banner saying: “Eric Pickles – Hands off Tower Hamlets… No to racism and Islamophobia”.

Here’s the Tower Hamlets Unison Branch Secretary John McLoughlin ranting about the investigation into Rahman:

A Unison newsletter claimed “Tower Hamlets is no rotten borough” and “the imposition of commissioners, with powers to appoint the key statutory officers responsible for fundamental decisions on services is wholly disproportionate.”

It was written by full time trade union pilgrims, paid by the council to agitate for Unison…

1.3 Million Facebook Views For Savage Miliband Take Down

Labour have managed to get Jo Brand to do their latest election broadcast. Last time she endorsed the party, they went on to suffer their worst ever defeat…

Meanwhile, over on Facebook, this video has spread like the clap:

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Labour Lead in Short Campaign Donations (Thanks to Unions)

Donations from Monday 30 March to Sunday 5 April:

  • Conservative Party – £501,850
  • Co-operative Party – £13,792
  • Green Party – £8,400
  • Labour Party – £1,887,312
  • Liberal Democrats – £20,000
  • United Kingdom Independence Party – £35,416

That Unite million has saved […]

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‘Union Thug’ Proud of Riot and the Labour Manifesto

Here is a hard-hatted Labour supporter captioned “Andy, docker” in the party’s manifesto:

Ordinary “Andy” looks remarkably similar to Andy Green, the Unite convenor at Tilbury Docks and a member of the union’s executive council.

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TUC Welcome Tory Pilgrims’ Charter

Brilliant. The TUC have welcomed the Tory manifesto policy of forcing the public sector and businesses to give staff three days off to volunteer:

“Trade unions are the UK’s biggest voluntary groups. This new right will give every union member

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