Bob Crows About His Council House

Guido would rather bang his head against a brick wall than sit through a whole interview with Bob Crow, so thankfully LBC have clipped the important bit.  The RMT’s resident thug justifies living in his luxury central London council house, because he likes it:

Crow asked “do we really want social housing purely for those people that are poor?” Well yes Bob, that is what they are for. People who can’t afford houses get state help. People earning £133,138 plus expenses should not.

Crow asked whether he would be judged for having a council house if he didn’t earn lots of money, and declared wealth should have nothing to do with it. He’s clearly never heard of renting.

He argues that because he was born in a social house he should have one for life. The Frank Dobson mantra… 

1% Union Fat Cat Gives £10,000 to Labour

Not content with his union’s £6 million worth of donations to the Labour Party since Ed Miliband became leader, Unite political director Steve Hart forked out £10,000 of his own money to the party in the last quarter. That’s despite Ed pledging to limit all donations to political parties – including those from trade unions – to just £5,000. Hart, who backed Ken Livingstone for the London mayoralty while describing the capital as an “incoherent basket case of a city“, reckons he’s a man of the people:

Guido wonders how many other members of the 99% could afford to throw away £10,000 of their own cash…

Unions Fund New Tory Donor Exposé Site

Political Scrapbook editor Laurence Durnan is this lunchtime launching a new website claiming to expose the “shady millions flooding into Tory coffers“.  Search the Money reveals that millionaire financiers and hedge fund executives have given a total of £25.3 million over a seven year period, with hundreds of thousands more raised through obscure dining clubs that are not required to name their members.

Guido always welcomes attempts to shine sunlight on the murky world of Westminster finances. Search the Money is somewhat undermined in that its focus is exclusively on the Tories. Why no interest in the LibDems or Labour? The data is there and the tool has been built. Perhaps the fact that the website is being funded by unions has something to do with it…

Having had a little play around with it there are a few other improvements that could be made besides making it all-party, it needs to be able to slice the data by time range – making it very difficult to compare like with like. It also comes up with some surprising results – Stephen Phillips, the lawyer who represents Sleaford and North Hykham – is reported as having received the most money, a whopping £1,264,016.87. Only when you look in detail do you realise that a mere £12,000 of that was in donations and the rest he earned in fees as a highly thought of Queens Counsel. Not sure that there is anything wrong with being well paid at the peak of his career and the top in his field.  Zac Goldsmith with a reputed £200 million trust fund would according to Search the Money be making less money than Stephen Phillips. Something very unlikely…

Of course this site wouldn’t be necessary if it the Electoral Commission website wasn’t so useless…

GMB Boss the New Sheriff of Nottingham

Given the tough times being felt by workers up and down the country Guido would have thought trade unions would be especially careful to give their members value for money. GMB subscription fees now add up to a hefty £140 per year after the latest, albeit minimal, increase.

Guido thinks that paramedics, NHS employees and retail workers will be interested to know that GMB general secretary Paul Kenny has been spending their hard-earned cash on corporate hospitality at ice hockey matches. GMB have shelled out a six-figure sum to sponsor the Nottingham Panthers, with the package including a hospitality box and ten season tickets for GMB fat cats – pictured is GMB Midlands secretary Andy Worth enjoying some face time with the players.

A Nottingham baron robbing the poor to pay for the luxury lifestyle of the rich. Guido’s heard that one before…

Unite’s £12 Million Socialist Paradise

This morning Guido revealed that Len McCluskey aims to raise a £30 million war chest to fund Unite’s takeover of the Labour Party. The internal Unite document sent to Guido shows that Red Len hopes to make up to £12 million by consolidating their posh property in Eastbourne.

According to their website the Eastbourne Centre offers 130 ensuite bedrooms, gourmet dining and two well-stocked bars, all kitted out with a plush Labour Red interior. Unite members get a generous discount. Up the workers…

Red Len’s £30 Million Labour Takeover War Chest

Red Len McCluskey is driving a secret policy aiming to build up a £30 million war chest to fund Unite’s “struggle for Labour’s soul“. An internal Unite document seen by Guido reveals that the union is planning a huge consolidation of its property portfolio:

The document then shows that Unite will spend the cash on a new political strategy which aims to parachute union-friendly candidates into marginal seats. They seek to:

  • “Advance Unite’s ‘policy agenda’ through Labour’s ‘constitutional structures.
  • Work with other affiliated unions to secure the adoption of trade union (or union-friendly) candidates in winnable constituencies in particular.
  • Increase Unite members’ involvement and participation in local Labour Parties.”

It’s the blueprint to turn Labour Red…

Unions Donate £2 Million to Labour in 2012 Q2

Figures released today show that trade unions gave almost £2 million to the Labour Party in the second quarter of 2012 alone. Len McCluskey’s Unite was once again the biggest single donor to any party by some way, while overall unions donated some £1.8 million to Red Ed and co:

Overall party donations fell by almost £1 million between April and June. Participation by the people is plummeting while the unions’ bankrolling of Labour goes from strength to strength…

UPDATE: 

McNicol Mystery as GMB Deny He Still Holds Top Union Job

This morning the GMB has denied to Guido that Iain McNicol, the Labour Party General Secretary, still holds the position of Political Officer at the strike-happy union. That despite McNicol’s sponsor Frank Doran claiming in the Register of Interests of Members’ Secretaries that, as of 20th July this year, the party’s most senior employee still held the post:

If it turns out that McNicol retained his senior job at the GMB while he was helping Labour decide their political strategy than this would be the most worrying example yet of a union lobbying Labour from within. The GMB are insisting to Guido that Doran doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Suspicious…

Crow at the Cricket

Charlie Wheelan has been tweeting photos of his pal Bob Crow enjoying a drink under a Veuve Cliquot parasol at Lords.

Now we know where Bob’s £145k-a-year salary is going…[…]

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Unions Help Teachers Pay Less Tax

Guido would like to express solidarity with £142,000 per year union fat cat Christine Blower, who has found an innovative new way to reduce her members’ tax bills. For all her moralistic demands that people “play fair on tax[…]

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CCHQ Go On Union Sports Attack

Following Guido’s story yesterday about the unions restricting any chance of expanding school sports, CCHQ have joined in the fun:

Orders from the NASUWT to a membership which totals over 300,000 states that ‘Members should refuse to attend any meetings

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Unions Blocking School Sports

Along with being berated by a cancer patient for sending Indians into space rather than paying for her treatment, the PM weighed into the school sports debate on LBC this morning. Dave told listeners:

“The problem has been too many

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