Racism, the TUC and UNISON hate

The hard left faction continue to display racist material on their Facebook page (see unison action displays racist material). I have asked them a number of times why the offending post remains on their page; guess what? No response! I noticed that there was a spam posting on their Facebook page that has now been removed, so clearly the page is being moderated. This must remove any doubt that they support this racist posting. This is disgraceful and brings shame on UNISON and its members and is most likely a breach of UNISON’s rules.

The supporting of racism in any form is deplorable. This hard left faction make all sorts of claims including fighting fascism, but they are content for racist material to remain on their page, they are nothing but hypocrites.

This week saw the 150th anniversary of the TUC in Manchester, a celebration of the achievements of the trade union movement and an opportunity to set the future agenda. UNISON played a very active role in the proceedings with many activists taking to the rostrum in support of UNISON’s aims and values. Frances O’Grady sent a clear message to the Tory government that their time is up. It has been a very successful conference and a great showcase for the trade union movement.

You would think that unison action broad left would want to publicise the fact that UNISON were a major player in the proceedings, support activists, give some updates and inform people of UNISON’s influence wouldn’t you? Whoops! You would be wrong; looking at their feeds, it seems that they were more interested in posting about what Unite were up to. Now you have to ask yourself reader, why a faction that claims to be UNISON centric would prefer to put news items about Unite. Not only did they ignore UNISON at the TUC, they posted an FBU comment on Monday’s Panorama investigation into academies, even though UNISON had been part of the program and a key witness.

Why are the hard left faction not reporting on UNISON activity that is high profile and taking the fight to the public? I think reader you know the answer; the SWP/Socialist party backed faction don’t actually have any interest in the work of the wider union. They do not support the aims and objectives of UNISON and they certainly do not support its members.

The hard left faction are now making claims of inappropriate disciplinary action being taken by the union against their people for simply speaking out against UNISON policy. Well this reporter is certain that there must be more to this than they are saying. If disciplinary action was taken against individuals speaking against anyone speaking against union policy, they would all be on a rule I investigation.

They love a self made martyr and any opportunity to attack the union and its leadership. I have no doubt that we will see the usual conspiracy theory based campaigning ratchet up in the near future. I hope you like me, will be keeping a close eye on this one.

As always, thanks for reading.

Unison action allows racist material

The hard left faction are content to have racist anti-semitic material on their facebook page. I have provided them with a screen shot of the offensive material and yet it remains on their page some 24 hours later. The offending material was posted on Thursday 6th September 2018 at 14:37. The individual posting the image calling for people copy the image, a hashtag and share it. He also posted the comment “we will not let the right stop us from opposing what israel is doing”.

The image is of one of the posters place on London bus shelter’s which the words “Israel is a racist endeavour”. These posters were place illegally and caused great offence to the Jewish community. The activity Is being investigated by the police. The posters were also condemned by Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

This sort of behaviour is what is at the root of the ant-semitism crisis in the Labour Party. And unfortunately, the hard left faction are content to be complicit in this sort of behaviour. Having failed to give a statement on their position on the IHRA definition, it is clear that they are part of the problem.

The sharing of racist material will undoubtably be in contravention of employer’s codes of conduct and they seem oblivious to that fact. They have shown a lack of leadership in allowing the post to remain on their page; failing to remove it breaching the most basic of moderation protocols. They cannot claim to not have seen it as there has been activity on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.

I am sure that the majority of UNISON members would also condemn this sort of behaviour.

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Idiot Joy Showland Part III

So Labour have finally done the decent thing and re-accepted the IHRA definition. Our friends in the hard left faction having stated that they “stand with Corbyn” when UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis announced that the Labour Link Committee had adopted the definition and were urging the Labour Party to do the same. Letters were written to DP demanding an explanation, motions were hurriedly written for branch and regional meetings demanding an explanation. People threatened to leave UNISON on the basis of the Labour Link decision (probably no great loss).

Not wanting to loose an opportunity to have a go at DP, the hard left faction mobilised to vent their anger at this outrage! This of course was a fabricated missive to ratchet up the hate against the General Secretary and the National union.

Well today, the Labour Party have finally accepted the definition in full. The official Labour statement said: “The NEC has today adopted all of the IHRA (the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance) examples of anti-Semitism, in addition to the IHRA definition which Labour adopted in 2016, alongside a statement which ensures this will not in any way undermine freedom of expression on Israel or the rights of Palestinians”.

So there you have it! Common sense has prevailed and hopefully the Labour Party can begin to restore confidence and focus on defeating the Tories.

So what does this mean for the hard left faction? What is for certain is that there is a serious confidence gap. They have failed to put out a formal statement on their position, they have failed to show any leadership whatsoever, and they have been seen to run away and hide when challenged.

Today’s decision shows what a bunch of charlatans they are! These are people who want to run your union and make it a “fighting union” what a joke! Their leaders are made of straw and their policies are built on sand. Their shameful behaviour has exposed their complete lack of any moral fibre or integrity.

So will they now “stand with Corbyn” and support the definition? clearly Mr Corbyn supports the definition today as he did in 2016. So can we now have the unison action broad left statement on the IHRA definition by showing how “they stand with Corbyn”? I very much doubt it, all the piss and wind generated was not about the definition, it was just another excuse for the SWP/Socialist Party backed faction to show their hate for UNISON and its General Secretary.

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Idiot Joy Showland – the sequel

Tomorrow (4th September 2018) is a big day for Labour’s NEC, when they make the decision on the acceptance of the IHRA working definition of anti-semitism. It’s an interesting situation as the Labour Party already accepted the definition on the 12th December 2016. Also worth noting that Saint Corbyn was also in attendance at the meeting and supported its acceptance.

It is therefore somewhat confusing that the hard left faction got into such a kerfuffle over UNISON’s General Secretary Dave Prentis, writing in the new Statesman about UNISON’s Labour Link accepting the definition, citing the decision that had been made by Labour in 2016.

Never wanting to make a drama out of nothing, the hard left faction claimed that the “Blairite, right wing class traitor Prentis” had sold Saint Corbyn down the river. “I stand with Corbyn” was the clarion cry. How can DP dare to write in a Tory supporting rag and show such hatred to Corbyn especially as it had not been discussed at National Delegate Conference?

As has been evidenced, the decision to support the definition was made by the Labour Link Committee, who are empowered to do so. “Not in my name” some cried, “how dare he put his own views into print” said others. This hysteria was totally uncalled for and based in ignorance of the facts and the rules of the union. Typical of the hard left faction to go off half cocked and condemn something they don’t understand.

The naivety of these people is astounding, the crass comments made by many of them show no understanding of why there is a problem with anti-semitism in the Labour Party. They seem to be unable to grasp the fact that their behaviour is actually contributing to the problem.

I have asked them on numerous occasions to give a statement on their position on the IHRA working definition, I may as well be pissing in the wind, as no response has been forthcoming. Reader, we can only speculate as to why they have refused to comment, and given the responses on their feeds, I am not convinced that their position would be something any rational person would find acceptable. In this case; silence does speak louder than words!

I don’t know about you reader, but I would love to see a Labour government putting right what this Tory shower has destroyed over the last 8 years. Sadly I think the hard left faction are not on the same page.

So, we will have an answer which will hopefully enable us all to get on with the job of getting into government and putting this country back on track, no thanks to the SWP/Socialist party backed unison action broad left.

As always, thanks for reading.

Bigotry, Hate and Ignorance

Confusion hate and ignorance seem to be the order of the day at the hard left faction. The meltdown regarding Dave Prentis’s piece in the New Statesman continues to rumble on. The level of ignorance of UNISON processes and rules is somewhat lost in maelstrom of hate for UNISON and its leader Dave Prentis. What is amazing is that some of those responding in the discussion have pointed out that it is a Labour Link issue determined by Labour Link. Even the minutes from the meeting of the 10th May have been distributed and they seem unable, or more likely unwilling to acknowledge the facts.

The hard left faction have decided to see the decision as an attack on Saint Corbyn by the treacherous right wing Tory leader of UNISON, who is bent on his destruction. How you get to that conclusion is beyond me reader, and I leave you to make your own mind up. It is worth noting that UNISON backed Corbyn at both Labour Party leadership elections.

The truth of the matter is that the National Labour Link committee is empowered to make decisions regarding Labour Party business and the NEC also has the power to make decisions between conferences. Can you imagine how ridiculous it would be if the union could only make decisions once a year? Nothing would happen! It seems that those that align themselves to the hard left faction and hold seats on the NEC are content to make decisions on that body when it suits them. When it does not go their way, they claim that its undemocratic.

Below is a selection of comments from the hard left faction’s social media feed. The identity of those commenting has been removed to save them embarrassment. Please feel free to have a look and check them out yourself.

We fight for a union where policies are decided by members. A union in which those in the most senior positions base their public statements on union democracy, not their own personal ideology. UNISON Action stands by Jeremy Corbyn. #JC4PM

In my experience @UNISON are barely worthy of the term union. Complacent & ineffectual.

Unison stands against labour foreign policy and against Jeremy Corbyn.

You’ve made your bed, lie in it.

All of my members will be leaving this fascist hate filled union

not as many votes as the likes of Prentiss with their back-stabbing.

Fuck off.

UNISON’s leadership cannot be relied upon.

I have seen nothing that convinces me Prentis has a mandate for his intervention, even from Labour Link Committee, let alone the union as a whole.

This is so far from being a Labour Party issue.

How to lose members.

Think you should state this is your opinion and not that of membership

He claims that they represent “Labour members and activists from across our union”

It wasn’t debated at Conference and is therefore for not UNISON policy.

I am a member of UNISON and you are not. I think I might know a bit more about our policies and rules than you do. Policy is decided by Conference, not Dave. It wasn’t decided by Conference (I was there).

This is not about anybody’s views, it’s about a senior representative of the union misrepresenting his own views as union policy. UNISON is a member led union, not a dictatorship.

Honestly I feel like walking out of unison

Silent during years of privatisation in the Public Sector Mr Prentis has now allied himself to the protagonists who want to bring down Jeremy Corbyn . I am angry and appalled at this betrayal of the Socialist Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn, I encourage all members to write complain and take action to reclaim our Union from the control of this self serving man who has overseen the collapse of the Public Sector under the Tories so #NotInMyName #MembersTakeBackControl #PrentisResign.

This sequence of events to my mind sums up the distance (yawning chasm?) between rank and file members and the leadership.

#FiddlingWhileRomeBurns ?

#WaitingForMyPeerage

It’s not worth the stress of trying to keep members in the union when we have a General Secretary who does what HE wants!

Prentis needs to retire, he’s a Blairite and not wanted to lead our union!

He’s never been a leader of the union. Right wing tosser. Feathered his own nest, that’s all.

Comrades – bad news, Jon Lansman has a new ally in Dave Prentis the right wing gen sec of unison.

Below are two extracts from NEC reports from the UNISON web page, freely available for all to see. There is commitment to the continued support of PSC and the support of protests. This statement of course post dates the Labour Link meeting of the 10th May. Looks like business as usual to me!

6th June 2018 UNISON Web Site NEC report

He (Prentis) also told the NEC that the union remained committed to its longstanding support for the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and would be supporting protests against the recent killing of protesters and the ongoing blockade of Palestine.

This is the commitment statement regarding racism and anti-semitism. Worth remembering that things have moved on in the Labour Party since the 12th April.

12 April 2018 UNISON Web Site NEC Report

“We have not intervened in the current debate in the Labour Party on anti-semitism, but instead we have made clear and categoric statements speaking out against all forms of racism which includes anti-semitism. UNISON’s founding principles make it clear that any racism by members of our union conflicts with our aims and values set out in our rule book and brings the union into disrepute.”

The minute from Labour Link where the decision was made to endorse the IHRA working definition of anti-semitism is below. This was a committee decision of which there was unanimous support. It is worth pointing out reader that there are members of the National Labour Link committee that align themselves to the hard left faction, they seem to have been silent in this frenzy of hate. Surely a simple word from them would calm things down?

10th May 2018 UNISON Labour Link Committee Minute

Tackling antisemitism

Dave Prentis opened a debate on the subject of anti-Semitism where the committee was asked to debate and vote on endorsing the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. The full text of the definition, along with the accompanying contemporary examples, was reviewed by the committee. He pointed out that the UNISON NEC had, at its 11 April meeting, endorsed without opposition his statement on the union’s commitment to speak out against all forms of racism including antisemitism, that acts of racism committed by members brings the union into disrepute and conflict with the union’s aims and values as set out in the rule book.

With regard to the IHRA definition, it was pointed out that organisations and official bodies that have formally adopted the definition include: the Labour Party, UK law enforcement agencies, the Civil Service, around 130 local authorities, the UK central and devolved governments, and the governments of around 40 countries worldwide.

The committee debated the definition, its main points and its potential application and usefulness both in the context of UNISON and the Labour Party.

The chair asked the committee to vote on endorsing the IHRA definition, and accepting that its principles would apply to all Labour Link groups and structures in UNISON. The committee voted unanimously in favour of endorsing the definition.

A group of ignorant, ill informed Socialist Party, SWP backed individuals are whipping up a storm of hatred towards UNISON and its General Secretary. This reporter is sure that that this hatred will extend to members of UNISON’s National Labour Link committee and associated officers sometime in the near future. As always the facts are ignored for the purpose of pursuing their aim of taking over the union. The vilification of Dave Prentis is nothing new, the motivation for this is for varied reasons (more about that in the future).

The hard left faction have been asked to provide a statement on why they oppose the IHRA definition, not only by me but some of their followers. At time of going to press, we are still waiting. In the absence of this statement, we can only speculate as to their motivation.

The true purpose of the acceptance of the IHRA definition is to urge the Labour Party to move on and get to the business of building a credible government for the benefit of all UNISON members. If the Labour movement can’t beat this awful Tory government now; it’s never going to happen.

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The great Labour Link Conspiracy

The thirst for conspiracy is quite strong in the hard left faction, with the usual attacks on Dave Prentis claiming that he has betrayed Saint Corbyn for writing in the New Statesman and writing a letter to the General Secretary of the Labour Party, urging them to accept the IHRA definition of anti semitism.

Keen to mount some form of campaign against UNISON and DP, for daring to act upon a democratically made decision of UNISON’s Labour Link committee of the 10th May; they seem incapable of being able to join the dots or understand how UNISON works when it comes to Labour. Such is their hatred to DP and UNISON they have gone totally down the wrong path, which is nothing new!

This well organised (so they can understand, this is a tongue firmly in cheek comment) hard left faction is now desperately trying to work out how this has happened. It would appear that the communal brain cell may have malfunctioned, is out for rent or that it can’t compute two things at once. Never wanting to let the facts get in the way of a good conspiracy, they have failed to see the evidence that is right before their eyes. Maybe its because it covers the span of two weeks? It is so tempting to draw them a map, but that would spoil all the fun of watching them trying to work it all out. It never ceases to amaze me that that these people actually think that they could run UNISON.

The lack of realisation of the politics that surrounds this issue is dumbfounding. I suppose as it does not involve calls for a general strike, a demo or shouting down the Tories, the tool box is empty.

It is important to note reader, they have been asked by a number of people to say where they as a faction sit with regards to the IRHA definition; but alas, they remain silent, thus leaving us to speculate as to their true motivation.

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UNISON ACTION DOES NOT SUPPORT THE IHRA DEFINITION?

So the truth is out there! The formal statement from the hard-left faction on Twitter posted at 7:40am this morning (pictured below), strongly suggests that they do not support the IHRA working definition of anti semitism. Looking at the thread of the post and on their facebook page, the venomous hatred that has been expressed against UNISON’s General Secretary for writing about UNISON’s support of the definition in the New Statesman is astounding. There members are even threatening to leave UNISON as a consequence; well don’t let the door bang you in the head as you leave the building.

This behaviour is shocking and exemplifies exactly why there is a problem with anti semitism in the Labour Party. So much energy is being put into fighting against the acceptance of the definition, you have to question their motives. They are attempting to hide this under thin veil of supporting Saint Corbyn, but this reporter isn’t buying it.

The hard left faction is either unable to understand the simplicity of the issue or is deliberately supporting anti semitism and I leave it to you reader to make your own mind up. To aid that decision follow this link to the definition.

https://www.holocaustremembrance.com/working-definition-antisemitism

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Idiot Joy Showland

Looks like the the hard left faction have gone into a dizzy funk over UNISON adopting the IHRA definition of anti semitism and urging the Labour Party to do likewise. This has come as news to them by the Dave Prentis piece in the New Statesman https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/08/why-labour-must-adopt-full-ihra-definition-anti-semitism

According to them New Statesman is a Tory controlled magazine and DP is now complicit in the plot to overthrow Saint Corbyn. Such is their hatred for DP and UNISON, I am surprised that we are not hearing calls of “burn the witch” as the hard left faction villagers pick up their placards and march on UNISON’s headquarters.

So what are the facts regarding the adoption of the IHRA definition? Unlike Saint Corbin, DP has shown some leadership, your reporter is informed that it was UNISON’s National Labour link committee that unanimously made the decision to adopt the definition at its meeting on !0th May 2018. The committee debated the definition, its main points and its potential application and usefulness both in the context of UNISON and the Labour Party.

The hard left faction are of course upset because they believe that the adoption of the definition will cut of another opportunity for them to play working class hero when protesting about the actions of Israel’s government towards Palestinians. This of course is not the case, protesting against the actions of any government is a legitimate activity if the actions of that government are morally reprehensible.

Reading their comments perfectly illustrates why there is a problem with anti semitism in the Labour Party. The hated of their own union and its leadership is all consuming. It emphasises the gullibility of the hard left faction to believe any idiotic rumour that feeds this hatred. So they set another fire where there was no spark because of their own ignorance and failure to check the facts; this is the behaviour that is at the root of Labour’s problems.

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