Monday, 23 June 2008

Dave Spart is back

The party of labour appears to be on a collision course with the organised labour. Derek Simpson, the joint leader of the UK's largest trade union, told the government that "pay restraint" was "unrealistic."

Simpson also took the opportunity to denounce the banking sector and government as the "real culprits" behind the credit crunch:

"The finance industry was left to its own devices and displayed such staggering irresponsibility that we are now experiencing a world economic crisis. Their attempts to drive up profits coupled with rising food and energy prices means that the Government now wants to drive down the wages of hard-working families, but they never had the nerve to rein in the unrestrained excesses of the boardroom.

The wages of hard-working families are not the cause of inflation. We have a credit squeeze, falling real incomes, rising food and energy costs, a shortage of affordable housing and a higher proportion of taxation falling on the lowest 90 per cent of earners than the top 10.

Ministers have been silent as boardroom pay has run riot. Why should those with the least have to tighten their belts first? It would be irresponsible of us as trade unionists not to represent our members at the negotiating table in forthcoming pay rounds."

Don't you just love this "Dave Spart" rhetoric? Evil bankers, victimized families, overpaid bosses, and a heartless, silent government - it is all so simple and straightfoward. In contrast, Alistair Darling's pleas for wage restraint seem lame:

"From the boardroom to everyone, public and private alike, the last thing any of us want is to get into the situation in the 1970s and 1980s, for example, where you simply lost out because whatever your pay increase it was simply eaten up by the prices in the shops."

Actually, Darling's description of the 1970s and 1980s sounds a lot like a trip to the shops today.


Trotsky's underpants said...

Workers power!

when do we want it?


Anonymous said...

What do we want? EVERYTHING!
When do we want it? NOW!

Whose gonna pay for it? THE RICH!
Who is the rich?

erm, everyobdy who earns more than me.

Are we allowed to swear on this blog? I really feel like I need bad language to adequately express my absolute hatred of these slimy rabble rousers.


Karl said...

Put your Daily Mail down and have a tranq Nick.

Your pathological hatred of the unions and the poor is rather unbecoming.

Anonymous said...

Karl, I don't suppose I win something for guessing your surname.

Perhaps a free membership to the Fourth International.


doggett said...

Dave Spart? Hardly.

What (apart from the trite "hard-working families" cliche) do you take exception to in Simpson's comments as quoted?

Markbaldy said...

"Hard working families" is one of Gordon Browns' phrases... when quotes that in ANY of his speeches, saying he is bringing this and that measure in to support "Britains hard working families" blah blah - it actually means he intends to bleed those people dry... with higher taxes, vehicle road tax for 4x4s (ie any car bigger than a Micra), congestion charges etc...
and those suckers are paying for that bast*rds fuc*ing TV licence !

powerman said...

I wouldn't consider myself at all left wing (most of my political comments are about Labour's profligate spending, bureacratic impositions and economic mismanagement), but..

It's clear that the prices have already gone up sharply. It's true that the Cabinet didn't bat an eyelid over boardroom pay. And they certainly didn't have a problem voting themselves though pay increases substantially above RPI several times.

All of a sudden it's time for discipline when people earning below the threshold for the top tax rate want their pay to catch up with the cost of food and fuel bills.

You'd have to be a bit crazy to expect people for whom the weekly grocery and petrol bills really are a substantial and sensitive part of their budget to just meekly accept a lower standard of living without complaint. Their real wages haven't increased for some time, and now it's starting to hurt.

karl said...

This paradigm shift is going to really hurt.

Supercillious gits of the world: prepare for pain and revolution.

karl said...


Labour killed the left, not the Tories.