Sunday, March 28, 2010

Cameron: in thrall to the unions too

Although a great many unofficial posters have appeared, slapping the Gobblin' King and his henchmen for the massive amounts of our money that they have thrown at union leaders, I haven't seen any official Conservative ones (there may be some—I just haven't seen 'em). I wonder why that could be...
I was a bit disappointed to read this morning, therefore, that the party is likely to continue with the Labour government's taxpayer-financed union modernisation fund. The FT has the full story. [I've asked CCHQ for a confirmation of the FT's story but haven't heard back yet. 10.30am - CCHQ has confirmed the story IS true. The Trade Union Modernisation Fund will continue if Cameron becomes Prime Minister].

After a long strike-free period when Labour gave them all they wanted in terms of higher public sector pay and protected pensions, the unions are already awash with money and have a £25m warchest with which to "unleash hell" on any Tory government. The trade unions don't need extra funding and they are unlikely to be bought off with even more.

Tim Montgomerie maintains that this is a "discouraging sign". It isn't. It's far worse than that.

It isn't just that it is barking insanity to fund a bunch of people who hate your guts—surely a fact that would make most people doubt Cameron's sanity—or that Call Me Dave has pledged to take on the "vested interests" (apart from some); no, the worst thing about it is that this is our money, and Cameron is going to keep on throwing millions of pounds of our money at a bunch of creeps who couldn't give a fuck about anyone other than their members.

If the unions want to "modernise" then they should pay for it themselves. If they do not have the cash—ha!—then they should appeal to their members for extra funds. These cunts should not be entitled to fleece millions from taxpayers who simply do not support them; if the taxpayers did support the unions, then more taxpayers would be members of unions.

This does not bode well for Cameron's tactical nouse, fiscal responsibility or his supposed belief in individual liberty. In the massive fucking financial hole that this country is in, we simply cannot afford to keep giving tens of millions of pounds to the unions so that they can ensure that their members—who are overwhelmingly in the public sector—can continue to squeeze as much money as possible for as little work as possible.

Cameron is not only continuing to fund his enemies, he is continuing to fund our enemies—and he is doing it with our fucking money.

Further, from the angle of liberty, Cameron should be able to see that it is absolutely flat-out wrong for the general public to be taxed so that a vested interest can continue to operate how they please. I mean, for fuck's sake, I never expected the Tories to be much different from Labour, but surely even they can see that this kind of thing is wrong in principle, as well as practicality.

One can make a case for any number of things being of benefit to society as a whole and, thus, eligible for funding through taxation. The unions are not one of those things.

So what the fuck is Cameron playing at?

Fuck knows. But if you don't mind, Dave, could you stop playing at it with my fucking money...?

UPDATE: writing about the BA strikers, TravelGall at A Very British Dude maintained that the strikes "could be the gift that keeps on giving for the Conservatives". Indeed. So perhaps Cameron's decision to keep on flinging millions of pounds of our money at the unions is him keeping his side of a bargain that he cannot lose...

17 comments:

Angry Exile said...

"So what the fuck is Cameron playing at?"

I'd say either stupid, mad, evil or reckons this would be an election the Tories will be better off losing. But probably stupid, mad and evil.

f0ul said...

Firstly, did you know that only a third of local government employees are members of a union? I was surprised.

Secondly, this is politics. In Dave's shoes I would say exactly the same, and once in power do the following.
Change the criteria on an annual basis and reduce the funding as less and less money can be claimed.
Within 3 years, the fund will still exist, but will be worth £3.50 and only available to the Union of Libertarians!
The end result is that the fund remains, as promised, but the unions don't gain from it -as your principles want!

Please keep up ;)

Mark Wadsworth said...

Didn't we already do this one on Monday?

ukipwebmaster said...

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trevorsden said...

Hmmm ....

But the point may be (admittedly MAY) just what the modernisation fund is used for.

I have worked in local govt and the health service and in the privte sector, but I am a believer in Capitalism. But capitalism should not be about exploiting workers or impoverishing workers. Workers are the market for capitalists to serve and profit by and thus employ more workers.

And as a capitalist I recognoise that employers need a body to negociate with that represents workers and rather than being a perverse presence it can be a beneficial one for employers.

So lets wait and see what criteria are placed on any 'modernisation' fund.

john in cheshire said...

I've forwarded a copy of this article to my MP - George Osborne. I hardly ever receive a reply from him so I will not be holding my breath. But as I've probably said before, he now can't say he didn't know.

mister_choos said...

I would quite like to modernise.

Can I have some of my fucking money back please Gordave?

Why do employers need a body to negotiate with? MOst employers/employees seem to get by without. If a particular employer finds it beneficial, then let them pay for the bloody modernisation.

Sargon the Demented said...

Cameron should be able to see that it is absolutely flat-out wrong for the general public to be taxed so that a vested interest can continue to operate how they please.

What, you mean like state funding of political parties, which I keep hearing various Tories supporting wholeheartedly?

Sadly, unless the Libertarian party can field a full set of candidates, and some kind of weird miracle takes place, I forsee 5 more years of exactly the same - only more so.

:(

ENGLISHMAN said...

"Barking insanity to fund people that hate your guts"?like the marxist party,the tory party,the liberally demented party,the brussels comintern,phillips negro mafia,uaf,common purpse and of course the wonderfully enlightened "religion of peace"?

James Higham said...

No argument there. Out of the jaws of victory ...

neil craig said...

More important is the fact that unionism only survives in strength among government employes. It is no longer the urban working class defending itself from capitalism it is the ruling government paid class conspiring with government to extract ever more money from the productive part of society.

Anonymous said...

OT but can someone with more time (and web skills) than me, please set up an alternative to this:

http://www.labour.org.uk/create-labours-next-campaign

I think we could have some fun...

Rob said...

Cameron and his party wants power. If it takes a few million pounds of taxpayers' money to keep them in power, they'll spend it without a thought.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Cameron is so hamstrung by focus groups and so called close advisers that he will run in to this election not standing for anything and sleepwalking towards a hung parliament or worse a Labour majority. Because their vote will come out in a GE when it wouldn't in the EUROS, mark my words.

Call me Infidel said...

Cameron is going to keep on throwing millions of pounds of our money at a bunch of creeps who couldn't give a fuck about anyone other than their members.

In many cases they don't give a flying fuck about their members either. Just like the hypocritical champagne socialists in Labour they are only in it for what they can get out of it for themselves.

neil craig said...

That is true Infidel. Conmsistently, when factories close & all the loyal members become ex-members the union leaders don't give a flying about them.

xelent said...

As I've always said taxes only ever belonged to us when they were in our pockets.. Taxpayers money has always been used to reward their friends and punish their enemies.. end of!