Unions have UK Labour by the Balls

The Telegraph

The unions are upset that they aren’t being paid the respect they demand they are due by Labour after financing their electoral defeat. the unions here are similarly trying their hand at strong arming Labour with key union backed MPs basically ignoring instructions from David Shearer. I guess when the unions are your paymaster you only have yourself to blame:

Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy chairman, attacked Ed Miliband and Ed Balls for failing to warn the party’s trade union backers about a major shift in economic policy.

He said Mr Balls, the shadow chancellor, was “wrong” not to have alerted the unions that he was to support a public sector pay freeze and announce that the party could not promise to reverse deep spending cuts.

Mr Watson, who is also the election campaign coordinator, said Labour “owed” it to the unions, who donate millions of pounds to the party, to treat them with “respect”.

His remarks are likely to be seized on by Conservatives as further evidence that Labour’s union “paymasters” wield too much power over opposition policies.

Mr Miliband, the Labour leader, and Mr Balls were publicly condemned by Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite, the largest trade union, over the policy change in January.


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