Gordon Brown despises the unions. He would rather have a single non-domicile fund his General Election campaign, and he would rather give Ministerial office to Digby Jones.
So the unions should return the compliment. They should tell New Labour where to get off, and instead identify 10 "dream" policies and 10 "nightmare" policies, with ten per cent funding of any candidate (regardless of party, if any) for subscription to each of the former, minus ten per cent for failure to rule out each of the latter.
Union money should also at least help to fund the development and delivery of a qualification for "non-graduates" with life and work experience who aspire to become MPs.
The party advocating these things would welcome the unions' financial and other support with real respect.