The Labour Party published its 2019 Manifesto four days ago. It comes in at 105 pages, full of £Biliions for this, and more £Billions for that, sympathy and promises of action for the (alleged) users of Food Banks; more promises of a million ‘Green’ jobs for the ‘Climate Emergency’, and so on, and on, and so forth. Many commentators compared it to the ‘Longest Suicide Note’ Manifesto, produced for the 1983 election cycle by Michael Foot.
If readers wish to waste their time, they can plough through all 105 pages. But they should ignore the £ Billions promised to fund this daft idea, or ever more £ Billions for that lunacy, such as funding HS2 all the way to Scotland. They should further ignore the 75 £ Billions promised to fund the building of 150,000 Council and ‘affordable’ homes across the Country. Readers should also view with great suspicion the talk of providing ‘Free Broadband’ for everyone, despite this being the product of bare-faced theft, by nationalising BT’s Openreach, as well as parts of Sky, TalkTalk etc; with ‘compensation in the form of long-term Government bonds.
But readers needn’t bother ploughing through all the ‘Socialist paradise’ promises which spew out over those 105 pages of well-typed drivel: because there are only four clauses which count: only four but these four really show what drives Labour, what they have feared over the barren years of Opposition: what they have conveniently forgotten from their triumphal victories of 1997 under Tony Blair; but show what drives them to once more hopefully commit total electoral suicide.
We will remove unfair and unnecessary restrictions on trade unions, allowing people to come together and speak up on issues that affect them at work.
We will work in partnership with the workforce and their trade unions in every sector of our economy.
We will require all companies bidding for public contracts to recognise trade unions
We will consult media-sector workers and trade unions
We should examine these four clauses very closely, because they will, at one step, give Labour’s paymasters, the Trades Unions, the muscle and the power which they have longed for ever since the Tories, under Margaret Thatcher, neutered those same Unions with carefully-targeted and successful legislation. The question must be asked. Why did the Tory Trades Union Bills stop the strikes, the ‘bully-boy’ tactics of a ruthless Left-Wing Cabal so successfully? Simple, really: the Bills targeted the three weapons which the Union Barons had wielded so successfully for decades: namely
Open dispute ballots and voting en masse, in public, unshielded from all who watched.
Strikers moving against Companies who did business with the target Company
Wild-cat strikes which appeared in a so-called dispute, but cleared almost immediately; but always created sheer chaos because they were so unpredictable.
The Thatcher Government made it possible to guarantee that, if the strike was legally founded, the Union and the striking labour force had nothing to worry about. But the Tory-led legislation not only gave the Unions a guarantee that their strikes were protected, they also ensured the DEMOCRATIC process was clear by making all strike ballots SECRET. No longer could a workforce be made to vote by a show of hands, in public, in front of all their workmates, AS WELL AS THE UNION THUGS AND THE ‘HEAVY SQUAD’.
No longer could the Unions enforce their grip upon a workforce, long tired of supporting unreasonable demands upon their employers.
The new regulations also ensured that, if illegality or strong-arm tactics were either suspected or proven, this could be attacked by the imposition of a Court Order. If the Union concerned did not return, immediately, to legality, the union funds could be sequestrated and seized.
Rupert Murdoch, he of the Times and Sunday Times, wanted to introduce technological innovations that would put 90% of the old-fashioned typesetters out of work. The company offered redundancy payments of £2,000 to £30,000 to each printer to quit their old jobs. The union rejected the offer and on 24 January 1986 its 6,000 members at Murdoch’s papers went on strike. Enough printers were employed –670 in all–to produce the same number of papers that it took 6,800 men to print at the old shop. The efficiency was obvious and frightened the union into holding out an entire year. Thousands of union pickets tried to block shipments out of the new plant; they injured 574 policemen. There were 1,500 arrests. The pickets failed. The union tried an illegal secondary boycott and was fined in court, losing all its assets which had been used for pensions.
If Corbyn’s Communist thugs of the Momentum movement get their hands upon Westminster, and Whitehall, the first thing they will do is repeal all the Union Legislation, and in a trice, Britain will revert to the 1970’s, where whole shipyards were paralysed over an argument as to who pluck the chalked string which marks where a steel plate should be cut!
As for the Labour Leadership, who authored and published this cart-load of confiscatory garbage, there has been much talk of ‘Trust’.
Trust in general, ‘trust’ in particular regarding the Leadership of all the Parties.
Prime Minister Johnson, comes in for his share of criticism on ‘Trust’, but mainly on a personal basis: women, affairs, character, but, I reckon, nothing too damaging or indeed lasting.
The LIB-Dems’ leader Swinson has badly-damaged herself and her Party by the fact that, in her statement, she confirmed that 17.4 Brits, from all sides of the political aisle, would be totally ignored; totally ‘Dissed’, as she confirmed that she would revoke Article 50, cancel the Referendum, and cling ever closer to the ‘Love of their Lives’; the shackles of a Brussels-based Dictatorship.
The Brexit Party failed to keep the ‘trust’ of their followers by dropping Brexit Party nominees in all Tory seats, but at least he kept faith with the balance of the supporters by aiming fair and square at all the Remain sides of Labour. Nigel slightly shot his own foot by stating that he would not run himself for a Parliamentary seat. Wise? Perhaps, but the wider Brexit electorate IS disappointed, and it shows.
I would disregard the Greenies, and the SNP. The Greens live in ‘cloud cuckoo land’ and The SNP, by their own words and campaign promises, are locked to either Labour, Lib-Dumbs, Greenies, or even the Westminster Cleaning contractors for their ‘pie-in-the-sky’ ideas of Independence.
We should now turn to the real n******s in the woodpile, The marxist, communist, anarchy-led Labour Party. The Party where a large proportion of the Labour MPs not only deeply distrust their Leadership, but several are actively either speaking out and spitting fury at the damage which has been done to their precious Labour Party; MPs such as Ian Austin, or John Woodcock, or the ultimate, in terms of the distaste which many Labour MPs hold Corbyn and John McDonnell; a former Labour MP is now standing as a Tory candidate. The whole Shadow Cabinet, in terms of ‘Trust’, wouldn’t be trusted with the simple task of picking up an pensioner’s cash from the Post Office: because they’d probably pocket the lot. As a note on ‘Trust’ issues, I would refer you to the former head of the Secret Service, who stated that Corbyn is a danger to National Security!
As a final note, upon which to end this polemic, I give you the words of the late, great Margaret, Baroness Thatcher, spoken in the dark days before the Nation came to its senses, kicked Labour out, and restored a sense of Democracy to our Nation State:-