Skulduggery again

Looks like I’ve defined any dodgy selection process as skulduggery.

As Ed Miliband goes to war with the unions, trying to throw their yoke from the necks of Labour he has found ratbag unions have tried to stitch up selections.

Mr Miliband, an evangelist in shirtsleeves, could not have known then that the charges of Unite skulduggery in Falkirk which precipitated his action would collapse embarrassingly, apparently for want of evidence. None the less, the unease of some of those who had come to hear him extemporise gave him a foretaste of the blood, sweat and tears that might soon follow. 

Miliband needs to break union control, but in the process may actually break Labour.

Should the stand-off between Labour and the unions deepen, both face disaster. If the former is seen as weak and the latter as intemperate, then all those party luminaries anxiously working out that every arithmetical law makes David Cameron the loser in 2015 can pack up their calculators and prepare for nemesis.

And a warning for Labour here as well.

No one who was a spectator at Gordon Brown’s last stand should ever under-estimate the Left’s capacity to bicker its way to oblivion. The consequence, for unions and party alike, would be an implosion from which neither might emerge intact. If a row of almost no interest to voters becomes a chronicle of attrition, then the skirmish that Ed Miliband planned as his Agincourt may start to look like his Crimean War.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.