What Labour has to look forward to

Is this what is waiting for the winner of #laboursGotTalent ?

If you spend 3 weeks sucking up to the unions then realise your promises to them make you unelectable what sort of revenge is Helen Kelly going to heap on the winner when they start backtracking.

Ed Miliband was dealt a devastating double blow today as a leading trade union slashed its funding and voters gave his leadership a resounding thumbs down.

In a huge political slap in the face for Mr Miliband, the influential GMB union cut its affiliation funds to Labour from £1.2 million to just £150,000 and vowed to slash donations to the party’s election war chest.

And voters issued a damning verdict on Mr Miliband’s potential to become Prime Minister, with just two per cent describing him as a ‘natural leader’ and only five per cent saying he is ‘good in a crisis’. 

And guess how Miliband Minor got elected? That’s right in a ballot of membership just like Labour is doing now.

Now it seems attempts by Mr Miliband to overhaul his party’s historic links with the unions could also leave it facing a huge financial shortfall in the run-up to the 2015 general election.

The Labour leader will meet with GMB general secretary Paul Kenny tomorrow for a showdown over the sudden withdrawal of funding.

Embarrassingly much of the Labour frontbench are members of the union, including Chuka Umunna, Sadiq Khan and Douglas Alexander.

Mr Miliband wants to give individual union members the choice of opting to join the party rather than being automatically affiliated.

There have been estimates that the change will cost Labour at least £9 million, a figure backed up by the decision by the GMB’s 65-member executive.

Tom Watson, who quit as Labour’s election guru over the union funding row, warned Mr Miliband’s plans could dramatically backfire.

He said: ‘If this is the beginning of the end of that historic link, it is a very serious development that threatens a pillar of our democracy that has endured for over one hundred years.

‘Some will scoff but they are fools to do so.’

Always the stand over boys those unions. They must be destroyed, they are a cancer to democracy.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.