On the issue of John McDonnell; unfortunately, John didn’t get on the nomination paper the last time, or this. Yes, we did put in place a policy which called for John McDonnell to be put on the ballot paper. The problem is that Unite isn’t the Labour Party; and, the fact that we put forward motions doesn’t mean they’re implemented by the Party.
The question we need to ask is why there aren’t enough Socialist MPs left in the Labour Party; MPs who have living breathing links with the trade unions through their CLPs and constituents – in a discussion a couple of years ago we, the T&G side, could only think of one ‘blue’ collar MP, Clive Efford, a ex-cabbie.
As a union we need to identify good people from our membership; bus drivers, factory workers, health workers, social service delivers, chippies, IT workers, bank staff. The current crop of Labour MPs with, embarrassingly, few exceptions look the same as their counterparts on the benches opposite.
The men in conservative suits with their conformist, don’t-bend-the-trend-lest-they-tell-us-apart, haircuts; and, the women in their Stepford Wives, look-at-me-I’m-cabinet-material-and-will-sell-out-my-sex-to-break-the-glass-ceiling, get-ups.
Come on David; you’re a bright lad. Let’s get you some training; I’m sure we can knock you into shape by the next election.