Here is a interesting discussion worth listening to:
Recently I had another opportunity to reflect on David Prentis General Sectary of UNISON message to Ed Miliband of what happened to the Austrian Labour Party being divided and what happened to them in their General Elections. Well Ed Miliband its worth heeding and recognizing that it is the wrong time to bring about your proposed changes after the General Elections is what the largest public sector union is conveying to Ed Miliband and his advisors. Ed Miliband gives a talk on one nationism how wonderful. The question is can he really prepare to do the walk instead of talk is what the membership is seeking as many in the party who voted for him are beginning to question themselves as to why voted for him.
I make no apologies for saying that in my opinion I made Ed Miliband my third choice during the leadership elections and when my fellow comrades where shouting the loudest to go for Ed Miliband I gave them my reasoning why I stood by my choice which has proven me right I’m sad to report but hopefully Ed Miliband will prove me wrong one day. What is important now is that Labour Party should continue to keep the link with the trade unions and most of all stop pandering to the Murdock Press and David Cameron for a change. All what the majority of Labour activist want to see is courage from Ed Miliband with true qualities of leadership which will cause havoc with the rank and file of the coalition as their only two trump cards that are going for them at the moment is their plan A(economy) and in the pockets of the trade unions and on the other hand David Cameron does not want you all to know that he was born with a goldern spoon in his mouth and most of the Conservatives donors are Millionaires, Bankers and High Socialites.
Ed Miliband’s decision to use his speech to the Trade Union Congress (TUC) conference to stick to his guns over union links with Labour is an act of supreme folly. He originally announced this own goal as a knee-jerk reaction to false allegations that the Unite union had broken party rules in the run-up to a by-election in Falkirk.
Now that an internal investigation has revealed that neither the union nor two of its members did anything wrong, Miliband ought to have drawn a line under the issue.
He should also have stopped to wonder why he reacted in such a hasty and ill-thought-out manner to an allegation by mischief-makers.
He could have done so while refraining from comment during the investigation, but he treated the allegations as proven and floated a self-defeating “solution” that he passed on to general secretary Ray Collins to flesh out.
Collins has the unenviable task of cobbling together a rule in line with Miliband’s obsession with individual trade unionists joining the party that doesn’t cost the party millions of pounds and put it at an electoral disadvantage.
It’s an all but impossible job, bearing all the hallmarks of, as GMB leader Paul Kenny puts it, something that someone dreamed up after a bad night out.
There is no doubt that what lies behind the individual membership for trade unionists proposal is anti-union spleen.
New Labour has always been hostile to the role played by trade unions in the party they set up. Tony Blair sought alternative funding from big business to sideline the unions.
Blairite sycophant John Rentoul spelt out the new Labour agenda in the Independent on Sunday, insisting on the abolition of collective union influence at annual conference, on the national executive committee and in the national policy forum.
His hostility to trade unions, describing them as “hollowed-out unrepresentative structures” run by the hard left, is matched by his vile characterisation of Kenny as a “mafioso.”
He realises that carving the unions out of the Labour Party will make a dent in its finances for the next election, “which is a brave gamble that deserves to be rewarded.”
Rewarded how? Presumably by Lord Sainsbury and other corporate types resuming their financial handouts to a tamed and house-trained Labour Party.
Unite leader Len McCluskey has already warned that his members are not champing at the bit to join Labour as individual members and who could blame them?
Not only is there scant democratic input within the party over political priorities and selection of working people as parliamentary candidates but the leadership has made no effort to speak out on the issues affecting workers and the poor.
There is no contradiction between trade unions being affiliated to Labour, providing clean, transparent and democratically accountable finance, and individual union members joining the party.
Miliband ought to question why such a traditionally unquestioning supporter of Labour as GMB has been driven to reduce its affiliation contribution. He might also ask why Labour’s natural supporters who hear nothing about the bedroom tax, higher taxes on big business and the richest in society, public ownership of the railways and utilities, anti-union laws or any proposal at all to reverse the transfer of wealth from poor to rich should feel enthused to join his party.
We recognize whilst in opposition it’s hard to regain the mangle to stop the coalition in their tracks it can be done and Labour is in the ideal position to win the next European, Local, and General Elections if only they get their act together. So remember these words United We Stand Divided We Fall.
United We Stand разделенные мы падаем, Vereint stehen wir getrennt fallen wir, 让我们团结起来分裂则亡, United we stand divisé nous tombons, ونحن نقف متحدين تقسيم نقع, اقوام متحدہ ہم کھڑے گر تقسیم, ארצות אנחנו עומדים מחולק אנחנו נופלים ארצות אנחנו עומדים מחולק אנחנו נופלים, Birleşik ayrılırsak düşeriz standı, United seasamh dúinn roinnte titim orainn