Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Better dead than "red"

Today, Unite General Secretary "Red" Len McCluskey said this;
Working people have heard from a Labour leader who is on their side, offering a message of hope and an alternative economic strategy, putting jobs and a decent future for our kids ahead of the interests of the elite.
He was defending Ed Miliband, whose speech at the TUC Conference wasn't as well received as he might have intended. In fact, I believe "shame" was the cry of delegates during his speech. But why, if a "red" union leader claims he's "offering a message of hope?"

Well, here are the actual words of our dear friend, "Red" Ed Miliband;
I fully understand why millions of decent public sector workers feel angry.

But while negotiations were going on, I do believe it was a mistake for strikes to happen.

I continue to believe that.
Yep. Those were the words of a man who is supposedly "on our side," and has "an alternative economic strategy, putting jobs and a decent future for our kids ahead of the interests of the elite." Carry on negotiating with a government that is already set on its path and wants to clear you out of its way. Don't stand up for yourself by taking effective strike action. Vote Labour.

As for his "alternative economic strategy?" Oh yeah, that would be "our cuts are nicer than their cuts." The party which introduced tuition fees, brought us the Private Finance Initiative, started the dismantling of the NHS, and strengthened the toughest anti-union laws in Europe is our saviour.

You'll forgive me if I'm a bit cynical, I hope. Especially since this entirely uncritical endorsement is coming from a union "militant" and "firebrand" who "warned that unless Labour committed to improving workers’ rights then he would stop funding the party." This is a man who advocated everything "from civil disobedience through to co-ordinated industrial strikes" only two days ago calling Ed Miliband "a Labour leader who is on [working people's] side" after he called the strikes on June 30th "a mistake."

None of this comes as a surprise, of course. I've written a number of times of the problems not just with Ed Miliband and Len McCluskey, but with the Labour Party and the trade union leadership more broadly, as institutions. But one thing does still vex me.

After witnessing and experiencing the words and actions of Labour and the union bureaucrats for so long, who do so many people continue to have faith in these parasitic bastards?