The seventies throwbacks that run UNITE have been silly little people. Getting all uppity and shirty in the current climate guarantees that their nasty operation will be examined in some detail, and it has been. Their taxpayer-funded sidelines are coming into the light, the degree to which they run the Labour Party is becoming clearer and more public by the day, and their vicious intimidatory techniques are being documented. You think those stories of phone-throwing and shouting levelled at the Brown Gorgon were bad? Take a look at what his paymasters get up to.
The Labour party, the unions, same thing. The unions control Labour now. It doesn't matter which Labour MP you vote for, they are not going to be able to do a thing without the approval of a load of people you didn't vote for. The Tories will still be run by the EU, which is bad, but Labour are run by both the EU and the unions, and their two masters want different things. Very different things.
The EU want cuts, the unions want more spending. Labour are in the middle and have no power to decide. So the unions call strikes when those EU-demanded cuts start coming. The Brown Gorgon has not intervened because he can't. He can't intervene in the BA problem either because BA are doing what the EU demand - trimming back their business to stay solvent - the only sensible thing they can do. The unions not only refuse to allow this, they expect BA to magically produce more money so their members can have pay rises and the union can increase the amount they take from those members in dues.
It goes deeper than simple union control of a political party. RantinRab and Subrosa, and others, have mentioned Glasgow council's links to crime gangs and as more and more of that comes out, it starts to look very dodgy indeed. A quango has just bunged a public-money bribe Labour's way, to add to the money laundered through the unions, and the police have to get permission to investigate Glasgow's Labour friends.
Meanwhile, Labour are to scrap the UK-wide elderly care schemes and use the money to buy votes in England. They don't care about Scotland, because Scotland voted SNP and must now be punished for that. Large swathes of Scotland are filled with idiots who will vote for socialism in one form or another anyway because it's easier than looking after themselves.
What the hell happened to those burly kilted warriors who could walk from one end of the country to the other and find whatever they needed along the way? Now they fester in council tower blocks, watching an Australian playing a Scottish hero while swigging from a can of beer and stuffing themselves with deep-fried pizza. March on London? They can barely make it to the bus stop. They'll turn purple at the idea they are weak and shout 'Ah can sure look after ma'sel', ye just step ootside an' say it, pal'. but that's not what I mean and you know it. Deep down, you know it. Once the benefits train stops - which it must soon, now the money's run out - you're going to be eating your children to stay alive because there will be nothing else. You voted for this. Time and again, you voted for it and you are going to vote for it next time too.
Labour have taken full advantage. Not just in Scotland but all over the UK, they have set up captive voters who cannot vote against them because they are stuck in dead ends with nothing but benefits to keep them alive. Most of those trapped voted for it, so it's hard to care. Many of them don't want to get out of there, and when those people lose their free cash, it will be impossible to care. Some do want to get out, but Labour's benefits trap is a strong one. The only way out is to give up everything and start from scratch, and that's certainly not an easy option.
Now we are run not by the people those Labourites voted for, but by people we have never even heard of, who have never stood for election, in the unions and the EU and increasingly, it seems, in criminal gangs. All seem able to escape the consequences of their activities simply by dropping a few pennies at the feet of the nearest Labour MP and shouting 'Dance for your pennies, laddie'.
How low will they go? Well, a short comment by Prodicus gives a hint.
The EU have already redone referenda when they didn't get the answer they wanted. The precedent is set. If this government doesn't get the answer they want at the next election...
... would they make us all vote again until we get it right?
The EU couldn't object. They've done the same thing. The unions and the gangs won't object. They want that answer too. The only real question would be - how many times will we have to tell them?