Len McCluskey has warned Unite could disaffiliate from the Labour Party if it does not elect the “correct leader”.
The union’s general secretary said its multi-million pound funding could be severed unless the party proves it is the “voice of organised labour”.
The Labour Party was set up to be the voice of organised labour. And the unions, Unite especially, are largely funding it. And yes, those union members should indeed get the party they’re paying for.
Now, that the unions are largely, today, the public sector workers doesn’t change that in the least. That most of the Labour Party (in the sense of the national party, not the voters) are the metropolitan social justice workers along with the usual careerists doesn’t change that either. Nor even that it’s “the left” in this country.
Labour just isn’t today doing what it was either set up to do nor what he unions are paying it to do. So, McCluskey’s quite right to say that we’re going to take our money elsewhere unless we do get what we think we ought to be paying for.
That that would also be the death of the Labour Party (whatever they moved the money off to would fizzle out like Tommy Sheridan and the various “socialist” parties from people like Scargill etc) is just icing on hte cake. In his basic analysis the paymaster is correct.