Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Union money could buy the British Government.

It is just possible that Gordon Brown will hammer another nail in British democracy's coffin if he caves in to union pressure. Labour are in serious debt and it looks like the unions are the only ones willing to keep them solvent. There is however a price for coming to Labour's aid. The unions have a shopping list of demands and Gordon Brown is in no position to refuse them.

Unless the Labour can do a deal with the unions, there is a good chance that the auditors will not sign off Labour's accounts. And those accounts are due to be passed to the Electoral Commission in the next week.

I don't know how Labour have got into such a mess over their finances - they already get millions from the tax payer through what could be described as a money laundering scheme. Basically the government gives millions of pounds of tax payers money to the unions and the unions then give millions to the Labour party. Nice.

The question now is: can Gordon Brown and his government be bought by the unions? I think that I already know the answer to that one.
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2 comments:

The Raven said...

I wasn't sure why Cameron focused on this issue at PMQs, but the more I think about it the more politically astute it seems. He doesn't want to kick Brown in the nuts every week, otherwise Labour will probably boot him out. But if he can tie Brown's circumstances to what was perhaps the most miserable period of self-inflicted misery Britain experienced in the 20th century, he might be onto something.

John M Ward said...

This is probably the most worrying aspect of still having a Labour Government right now. I am old enough to have experienced the 1978 Winter of Discontent and all that went before.

The only upside (from the Conservatives' viewpoint) is that they can't really dump Brown as they'd feel compelled to hold a General Election on that occasion.

If that happened, they'd lose, and the Unions would have no reason to prop up the Labour Party.

They all know this, so (as Jack Straw has said) they'll keep Brown on until the GE, presumably in just under two years from now.