I’m glad that Tony Blair made a submission that he will not jump on the
bandwagon condemning trade unions as he trust that Ed Miliband will do the
right thing as he has had his fair share of fighting the trade unions.
How funny it is the trade unions spent years of Margret Thatcher fighting
against the trade unions which united the movement until this day. Yet many of
the rank and file of the Tories still have not learn the lessons. It’s no
surprise that the Tories will stop at nothing by trying to put the knife in the
back of the Labour Party to get rid of the trade unions which benefits
Well it’s about time that Ed Miliband set the challenge to them by formally
writing to the Conservative HQ to lodge a formal compliant and seek assurance
that the Conservatives hold an investigation into their own party selections no
doubt we all can guess what they will be the answer “ON YER BIKE”.
There are still many of us who will still remember the Thatcher years like it
was still like yesterday. She may be dead but the trade union movement still
lives on to be united. The coalition no doubt will continue to carry in harping
to Labour to get rid of the trade unions.
There is another side of the coin which the press which the press and social
media has not fully caught on the far left would love to see the end of all
trade unions disaffiliate from Labour and join the far left groups. I make no
apologies for saying not in my name I would continue to argue that all trade
unions remain in the Labour Party.
Just like the Tories and their bedroom partner the LibDems they depend on private donations from millionaires, bankers and stockbrokers. The question is how many of them benefited to gain save seats or gained a life peerage in return for donations received.
Well folks I have done the unusual thing to day to include the speech of Ed Miliband Here are the key extracts that have been released of Ed Miliband’s speech on Labour and the union link. You can read Mark Ferguson’s in-depth analysis of the proposals here.
“One Nation is a country where everyone plays their part and a politics in which they can, a politics that is open, transparent and trusted – exactly the opposite of the politics we saw in Falkirk. That was a politics closed, a politics of the machine, a politics hated – and rightly so.
“What we saw in Falkirk is part of the death-throes of the old politics. It is a symbol of what is wrong with politics. I want to build a better Labour Party – and build a better politics for Britain.”
Strengthening Labour’s connection with working people
“We need to do more, not less, to mobilise individual trade union members to be part of our party: the three million shopworkers, nurses, engineers, bus drivers, construction workers, people from public and private sector, that are affiliated to the Labour Party.
“The problem is not that these ordinary working men and women dominate the Labour Party – the problem is that they are not properly part of all that we do. They are not members of local parties, they are not active in our campaigns.
“Trade unions should have political funds for all kinds of campaigns and activities as they choose. But I do not want any individual to be paying money to the Labour Party in affiliation fees unless they have deliberately chosen to do so. I believe we need people to be able to make a more active, individual, choice on whether they affiliate to the Labour Party.
“So we need to set a new direction in our relationship with trade union members in which they choose to join Labour through the affiliation fee: they would actively choose to be individually affiliated members of the Labour Party and they would no longer be automatically affiliated.
“I believe this idea has huge potential for our Party and our politics. It could grow our membership from 200,000 to a far higher number, genuinely rooting us in the life of more people of our country.
“Moving to this system has implications for both the trade unions and the Labour Party which need to be worked through. But I am clear about the direction in which we must go.”
On the introduction of primaries:
“Since I became Labour leader, we have opened up our policy making process so that everyone can have their say, we have opened up the party to registered supporters, and we have opened ourselves out to communities by delivering change on the ground rather than just leaflets through letterboxes.
“If we are to restore faith in our politics, we must go further in involving members of the public in our decision making. We must do more to open up our politics. So I propose for the next London Mayoral election Labour will have a primary for our candidate selection. All Londoners of voting age should be eligible to take part. All they will need to do is either be a party member or register as a supporter at any time up to the day of the ballot.
“And we will examine how we can use this idea elsewhere too, such as in future Parliamentary selections where a sitting MP is retiring and where there are not sufficient members of the local Party to make this a properly representative selection process. Because we all know there are parts of the country where our Party could be re-energised as a result.”
“There is no place in our party for bad practices wherever they come from. We are the party of the people, not the party of unaccountable power – wherever it lies. And we will always challenge unaccountable power – whoever wields it.
“We will do so within our party. And we will do so within our country. But these reforms are not just putting right what has gone wrong in our party. It is about something else. An understanding that people far too often feel politics happens somewhere else, involves someone else, is nothing to do with them. Just like other institutions like banks, unresponsive services, political parties are too often seen as remote from people’s lives.
“We must change it with a party not of 200,000 but of many, many more. We must change with MPs and candidates from more diverse backgrounds, more accountable to their constituents. And we must change by reaching out at every opportunity to the people of Britain.”
It’s my opinion there is no such thing as a Tory working class as most that joins the Conservatives are from affluent backgrounds that can afford to buy their sons and daughters a house, car and set them up into big business.
Intriguingly Theresa May has starting to pave the way for the leadership contest to David Cameron after her recent success. All options to deal with the “crazy interpretation of our human rights laws”, including withdrawal from the European convention of human rights, need to remain on the table to prevent any repeat of the Abu Qatada affair, the home secretary, Theresa May has told MPs.
She blamed the European court of human rights in Strasbourg, saying the radical Islamist cleric would have been sent back to Jordan long ago had it not “moved the goalposts” by establishing new, unprecedented legal grounds for blocking his deportation.
But a spokesman for the Council of Europe, which oversees the Strasbourg court, said: “We welcome the fact that Abu Qatada will now face charges in Jordan under the condition that evidence obtained under torture cannot be used. This is victory for due process and for human rights.”
In the House of Commons, May, who was warmly congratulated by MPs from all parties for finally securing the departure of the terror suspect in the early hours of Sunday, said that she took quiet satisfaction that a dangerous man had been deported to face justice in his own country.
The home secretary also confirmed that her new immigration bill to be published in the autumn will contain measures to make it harder for foreign national criminals to avoid deportation through “spurious appeals”. It will also ensure that foreign nationals who commit serious crimes will be deported, save for those in yet-to-be-defined “exceptional circumstances”.
The justice secretary, Chris Grayling, is also now looking ways of speeding up the pace at which the courts hear national security cases. Ministers are also looking at ways of barring access to legal aid and claiming welfare benefits for terror suspects and extremists whose behaviour is not conducive to the public good.
May also tried to reassure backbench Conservative MPs that Abu Qatada would not be able to use his family, who are currently still in London, as a reason to return to Britain once he has served any sentence he might receive in Jordan. The home secretary tried to reassure them that the Home Office was working on closing any such doors that might seem open to him, but she also said that his immediate family had to make a decision “about where they see their future lying”.
The home secretary, who was greeted with cheers from the Tory benches, was told by the shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, that his deportation was “a good result for the country”.
May said his removal had taken 12 years and cost over £1.7m in legal fees: “That is not acceptable to the public, and it is not acceptable to me. We must make sure it never happens again.”
She said she had repeatedly made clear her view that the Human Rights Act should be scrapped.
“We must also consider our relationship with the European court very carefully, and I believe that all options – including withdrawal from the convention altogether – should remain on the table. But those are issues that will have to wait for the general election,” the home secretary said, clearly signalling that she expects the next Conservative election manifesto to contain a clear commitment on the issue.
Shami Chakrabarti, director of human rights campaigners Liberty, said the response of ministers was as curious as it was depressing. “They say they got Jordan to change its laws to ban torture evidence so that he and others can be safely tried in that country.
“Why then aren’t they celebrating their successful promotion of human rights abroad instead of threatening to tear them up here at home?” she asked.
Abu Qatada is being held in the Muwaqqar high security prison, east of the Jordanian capital, Amman, for 15 days after being charged on Sunday with plotting terrorist acts on Jordanian soil.
His lawyer, Tayseer Thiab, was due to submit a bail application on his behalf on Monday. His father and three brothers were allowed to meet him shortly before he was transferred to prison.
His father told the Jordan Times he was in good condition: “He told us he trusts the Jordanian judiciary and that he is confident he will be freed as soon as the charges against him are [proved to be] groundless.”