Red Len’s Olympic Wring

If Ed has a moment today between PMQs and rubbing shoulders with the French socialist presidential contender François Hollande, he might want to make some very loud noises about Unite boss Len McClusky’s call to arms this morning:

“The attacks that are being launched on public sector workers at the moment are so deep and ideological that the idea the world should arrive in London and have these wonderful Olympic Games as though everything is nice and rosy in the garden is unthinkable,” he said. “The unions, and the general community, have got every right to be out protesting. If the Olympics provide us with an opportunity, then that’s exactly one that we should be looking at.” He also said members of the public should support the campaign by engaging in “civil disobedience”.

Ed might struggle though, what with Unite being his biggest donor…




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