Was there ever any doubt? There might have been doubt in the minds of the MPs, who voted by 53% to 47% for his Blairite elder brother; There might have been doubt in the minds of the ordinary Labour members, who voted 54% to 46% for his Blairite older brother, but was there ever any doubt in the minds of his puppet masters, the Union hard men who voted for Head Militant (the ‘H’ is silent) by 60% to 40% over his Blairite brother?
Ed Militant is now formally the Consigliere of the Labour Borgata.
The Unions had huffed and they’d puffed, threatening the already bankrupt Labour party with a complete withdrawal of their last remaining source of income if they failed to see the merit of electing a leader who would put the interests of the ‘comrades’ – that small section of the ‘hard working British families’ who are actually union members, first and foremost.
When asked by Sky TV how he reconciled the fact that so many MPs had voted for David Miliband, Derek Simpson’s eyes narrowed, and he starkly reminded those MPs who might be thinking of complaining, that it was his members and his comrades members who voted them into office, and could vote them out again – it was as close to a threat as I thought I would ever see on British TV.
We can now see exactly the point at which the Con-Dem government will hit a brick wall. It will not be when benefits are cut, it will not be when hard working British families en masse are feeling the pinch, it will arrive precisely at the moment when the first Union member is inconvenienced.
Let one ‘made man’ amongst the Union brothers have his air miles halved, or his God given right to work full time on Union business whilst being paid the same wage as those who toil on the production line, or his taxpayer funded jolly to Mauritius to study the effects of ‘global warming on trade relations’ from a deckchair, and the “winter of discontent” will seem positively mild by comparison.
Good, that means the boil will be lanced much sooner than if it had been dressed and tended by David Miliband.