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:

Robot Ed’s monotone repetitive “these strikes are wrong” hit from 2011 is having something of a renaissance. So far 1.3 million voters have watched and shared it with their voting friends. The classics are always the best…

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 Ed’s bacon…

‘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.

Green proudly boasts that he attended the infamous 2006 dockers’ protest in Strasbourg, which descended into widespread violence.

The BBC reported that “protesters threw firecrackers, stones and metal missiles, smashing windows and causing considerable damage”. 13 dockers were arrested and 12 policemen were injured. But this is how Labour’s poster boy described the day, alongside a picture he posted of the chaos:

“It made me proud to be a docker, to be there fighting for my fellow dockers, fantastic solidarity.”

Green also gave a 5-star review to the ‘Union Thugs‘ Facebook page.

Surely they cannot be the same docker named Andy?

Labour are investigating…

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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Raging Red Len Attacks Miliband’s Media ‘Minnows’

Red Len is angry, specifically at Miliband’s spinners:

“What is also regrettable about the Sunday Times article is the apparent obsession of the media team around Ed Miliband who are constantly seeking opportunities for Ed to “face down Red

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Blair Saves the Day as Labour Block Len’s Girl

Labour have blocked star Unite candidate Karie Murphy from the selection shortlist in Halifax. Murphy, the controversial activist embroiled in the Falkirk fix scandal, is a very close friend of Len McClusky. She confirms:

“I am disappointed that the Labour

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Cut Out and Keep: Miliband In Your Pocket

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Need the perfect gift for the union baron in your life? First it was Len McCluskey, then Alex Salmond and now everyone seems keen to get in on the Miliband-in-my-top-pocket craze:

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Don’t bother spending £12 million in donations to the […]

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