Well, that escalated quickly

I heard today that the internal battle in Unite has already got started, and it does not look like it is going to be very polite. A leaflet (pictured) has been circulated to Unite branch secretaries attacking Len for his lifestyle and behaviour – I haven’t seen it, but a friend has sent me a picture of one side of it – and you can see it is pretty harsh. It doesn’t seem to endorse any other candidate but I’m told it was postmarked from Glasgow.

It hasn’t been a great start for Len’s campaign: not least because he is facing at least one serious challenger from the left: and Len being forced to compete about who is most dedicated to the cause of Jeremy Corbyn is just about the best possible outcome for Gerard Coyne’s campaign.

Though Len will be pleased to have won the support of the Morning Star – even if not everyone will impressed by an endorsement from the newspaper that recently talked of the “liberation” of Aleppo.

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But the left was always strong in the four (and now with UCATT five) major unions that form Unite’s bedrock, so it would have been a monumental miscalculation for Len to think he could simply rely on the far left to roll over for his candidacy.

Yet Len seems to have made more than one miscalculation – because the overall impression is that he expected Gerard Coyne to be frightened off running when, in fact, Gerard was first out of the blocks when the election was called.


2 thoughts on “Well, that escalated quickly”

  1. Incorrect. There was never a shadow of doubt within the United Left that Gerard Coyne would stand. Similarly, it was expected there would be a challenge from far left, as there was last time. The only surprise is that the candidate is Ian Allinson, a man I consider a friend, a man with strong beliefs. But a man who would be utterly incapable of being GS of Unite.


    1. If there was never a shadow of doubt within the UL that Coyne would stand does that explain why McCluskey attempted to sack Coyne and remove the threat? Why would Allinson be “utterly incapable”, as a past member of the Unite EC doesn’t he understand how the union is managed?

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