Sooner or later some wag with a sense of the satirical is bound to call Gordon Brown Mr Sure Touch. The man has done it again. As if he didn’t have enough on his plate, the Guardian reports that he is supporting a proposal from Jack Straw (for a White Paper on Party Political funding) which would mean that the political fund money which comes from union members would go directly to New Labour HQ rather than to the unions.This would be akin to stealing our members’ money; taking away the right of the unions to determine how they use their own money.
GMB General Secretary Pat Kenny fired an angry shot across their bows.
“The government is going down the wrong road and taking the wrong direction. There is no way we are going to concede the right to allocate their cash to Gordon Brown and the party headquarters when not all our members support everything that the government is doing. Not all our members support the Labour party and they would not stand for their money being used in this way. They would want us to disaffiliate if the government insists on doing this.”
John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, said:
“This proposal will be opposed by MPs and rank-and-file members across the Labour party. It gives Labour party headquarters the right to take over control of all trade union money and is unacceptable.”