Prem Sikka

It is often claimed that Britain has the best democracy that money can buy. Evidently, the monied interests have already bought it. The Conservative and Labour parties are funded by corporations and wealthy individuals.

Really? Oh, gosh, I hadn\’t known that.

So I went and checked.

A quick eyeballing says that 50% of donations to the Labour Party came from unions….perhaps more than that by value.

Groups providing funds to political parties expect a return on their investment and the payoff is ideological shaping of politics, help in the legislative process, privileged access to the state machinery and help in securing contracts. They will not easily accept curbs on their pay packets or radical reforms to enhance their public accountability.

Well, yes, that I agree with. So the Labour Party has been bought and paid for by hte unions then. Odd that Prem doesn\’t mention that really.

9 thoughts on “Prem Sikka”

  1. “It is not really union money just tax payers money channelled to the Labour Party via the unions.”

    Are you suggesting that the modernising unions fund is a sham to provide cover for laundering millions into the coffers of the Labour Party? Do we really have such a low opinion of the integrity of Labour ministers?

  2. I can’t answer for Kit but yes that’s exactly what they are doing, as I’m sure you very well know.

    And yes you’re right, my opinion of Labour and it’s ministers basically couldn’t get any lower. I _literally_ wouldn’t piss on them if they were on fire… Now if they weren’t on fire that’s another question.

    What I want to know is what’s wrong with the 20% of people who would still vote for them. Seriously what’s wrong with them? Do they _all_ have IQ’s lower than a sheep?

  3. “Do we really have such a low opinion of the integrity of Labour ministers?”

    A rhetorical question, no doubt?

    “What I want to know is what’s wrong with the 20% of people who would still vote for them. Seriously what’s wrong with them? “

    Nothing. They are just bought and paid for.

    With our money.

  4. DtP

    Technically Sikka is a “certified” accountant – a member of the “Association of Chartered Certified Accountants”. This association of fine upstanding professionals had such a collective inferiority complex that back in the 70s (I think) it appropriated the word “chartered” to put in its name (by applying for a “charter” from the Privy Council) apparently for the sole reason (that I can see, although I stand to be corrected) to confuse punters that members of the Association were actually members either of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales or the ICAEW’s sister chartered institutes in Scotland and Ireland. The recent history of the accountancy profession in the UK has been punctuated by the nobbling of the leadership of the ICAEW to promote a merger with the Association (and/or, worse, CIPFA). The last time this was tried, it was only on a technicality that such a disaster was avoided.

    Now, morons Sikka and Murphy may be and certainly every time Murphy claims membership of the Institute detracts from the Institute’s lustre. However, Sikka’s pronouncements cast no aspersions on the Association since no-one who has any inkling of the relative status of the various accountancy bodies gives a sh*t.

  5. Whatever institutes Murphy and Sikka are members of, you cannot help but admire their chutzpah in slagging off the institutes in question and their members collectively but, yet, remaining members themselves. There is nothing to stop either of them resigning their memberships should they feel so minded and, in both cases, it would lend some, albeit limited, credibility to the arguments they choose to advance.

    There was a recent Sikka Gruaniad article in which he bemoaned the large number of registered accountants in the UK, whilst proceeding in his usual fashion to slag them off. No mention of course that, included in the stats, was Sikka himself.

  6. “What I want to know is what’s wrong with the 20% of people who would still vote for them.” Wasn’t it about 5%?

  7. “A rhetorical question, no doubt?”

    Indeed. I was being sarcastic. The union modernisation fund is the perfect riposte for the Tories to the question “what public services will you cut?”

    There are billions spent by the Labour Government on its friends in the quangos, unions, the Guardian, etc. The incoming government can cut off the air supply to these bien pensant wankers. They know it, too, which explains much of the howling about poverty and disadvantage: they are about to experience it themselves.

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