Monday, 24 June 2013

Ane For A'

Tory machine journalists, who know perfectly well that Falkirk West is in fact one of the cleaner examples of parliamentary candidate selection in any party, have failed abjectly in their attempt to whip up some kind of maiden aunt reaction to it.

There has just been a busy weekend for Labour candidate selection. One of the most striking things has been the number of small business owners who are now on course to become Labour MPs.

You don't get that with the Tories: City boys, boys selected by committees of half a dozen wives of their fathers' tenants, and City boys selected by committees of half a dozen wives of their fathers' tenants.

Nor can you ever be selected as a Labour candidate without union backing.  Tony Blair's original selection was a stitch-up by the T&G, a predecessor of Unite. Peter Mandelson's original selection was a stitch-up by the GMB. And so on.

Neither of them ever lost the sponsorship. Blair was, by then, a Unite MP until the day that he left Parliament.

These figures from the world of business are, incontrovertibly, who and what the unions want. Not to mention, incontrovertibly, who and what the Tories do not want.

After all, why would the unions not want such candidates? The unions are fighting for the things that make possible a large and thriving private sector, and a large and thriving middle class.

The struggling private sector and the struggling middle class fully understand that. Well, of course they do. Unite, for example, is still very largely a private sector union.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The economy is growing again, now and set to keep improving. Bad timing for this stuff.

"The unions are fighting for the things that make possible a large and thriving private sector, and a large and thriving middle class."

Yes, like crippling tax rates and mountains of regulations. They've really got their finger on the pulse of small businesses everywhere.

The unions know how to spend other people's money-not how to make money.

Labour have never had anyone with the business achievements of a John Redwood (ex head of Rothschild's internal division) or indeed a David Davis-which is why they can never be trusted with the economy.

You will always be the "Call in the IMF" party-and you know it, Davey boy.

David Lindsay said...

Bless.

Take it up with all the business people now being selected as Labour candidates. Backed by the unions, because you can't get it otherwise.

Take it up with John Mills, or Alan Sugar, or ... well, it is quite a list.

And take it up with the voters. Any of them who might still so much speak to your lot.

The IMF should be arriving just in time for the next General Election. It fully endorses Balls over Osborne, and it makes no secret of that fact. It wants Osborne out, and it says so explicitly. It wants Balls in, and it says so at least implicitly.

"Rothschild's internal division", indeed! Daddy-arranged City non-job for some posh boy whose real CV reads: Fellow of All Souls, MP for a safe seat, and that's it. Exactly what I am talking about. Even Cameron hasn't offered him a job.