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Artist or CreatorMartin Rowson
Title or CaptionLabour Party Reform
Extent1 item
Published byDaily Mirror
Date03 Feb 2014
Embedded text or transcriptUnion Money
Person DepictedMiliband; Ed (Edward Samuel) (1969-)
NotesNews: "Unions should use their Eds and leave. It's time for the trade unions to march proudly out of Labour's front door instead of being slowly bundled out of the back. Rather than enduring a thousand indignities, organised labour should take its money and people and abandon institutional links with the party it fathered, nurtured, saved and continues to sustain. However Ed Miliband dresses up these far-reaching reforms, which were triggered by his blind panic over the selection of a parliamentary candidate in Falkirk, the truth is he wants union cash but not the unions. The Labour leader elected on the back of members is terrified of the "Red Ed" tag, never forgiving those who awarded him the top job. Miliband's treatment of the unions reminds me of the Tony Blair era when the general secretary of the TUC, John Monks, complained they were treated like "embarrassing elderly relatives" by an ungrateful leader. Votes were fixed weeks ago to pass Miliband's package at this week's meeting of Labour's national executive committee and a shamefully short two hour conference on St David's Day. Yet speaking to very senior figures in the biggest unions, including Unite, Unison and the GMB, I know they feel they get poor value for money as they begin contemplating a moment when they could formally break from the party. They shouldn't be afraid when a split might benefit both, mutual interests better served by space when living in each other's pockets creates an unhappy marriage. ... " Kevin Maguire, The Mirror
SubjectsLabour Party
Trades unions
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