It started with Jon Cruddas and I going down to the Guildhall in the City of London with the Billingsgate porters, all dressed in their whites and boots, to protest against the fact that the Corporation of London was taking away their civic inheritance. The court of common council was voting to abolish \”the fellowship of the Billingsgate porters\” which has been recognised since 1632.
They\’re a closed union shop, an hereditary medieval guild. How bleedin\’ conservative do you need to be to try and argue in favour of the retention of something like that? Even the Conservatives don\’t do that any more!