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.