Red Len and the Morning Mouthpiece

Posted on April 4, 2013

Guido reports that Len McCluskey, the newly re-elected general secretary of Unite, has issued an edict demanding that the union’s branches subsidise the struggling Morning Star. The Star has the dubious distinction of being the only paper I can think of to run a “Fighting Fund” just in order to stay afloat. It’s almost like extreme left ideas are unpopular, and those who propose them are incompetent, but I’m sure there’s another explanation for their permanent state of near bankruptcy.

So what did Red Len get in return for the bail-out? Well, let’s have a look at the Morning Star’s recent coverage during the Unite leadership election.

There are the fawning letters headlined: “Plenty of reasons to back McCluskey“, “McCluskey brings fight to Tories and employers“, and “McCluskey shows he can deal with our enemies’ hard talk“.

Plus the 1,300 word report of Len McCluskey explaining err why Len McCluskey is the right candidate. Then there’s the coverage of the branch element of the election process itself, most notably “Branches give massive support to McCluskey” – published before the ballot papers went out to individual members.

They may not believe in greed or the profit motive – but some would suggest principles are a commodity the hard left are still more than happy to sell.



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6 Responses

  1. Sungei Patani:

    They may not believe in the profit motive but they certainly believe in greed.

    22.04.2013 13:36 Reply

  2. The CityThe City:

    Insider dealing innit!

    22.04.2013 14:00 Reply

  3. Ethan:

    Anther good post. Really enjoy your blog.
    Thanks.

    22.04.2013 14:00 Reply

  4. Kim Jong-un:

    This sort of “cult of personality” on Lenny’s part is bizarre, wouldn’t you say?

    22.04.2013 21:09 Reply

  5. newboilercost:

    It amazes me that the leadership of the biggest union in the country feel it neccessary to subsidise a loss making newspaper. At least they could have the imagination to insist that the Morning Star switches to an online version only.

    29.04.2013 16:03 Reply

  6. Robert Edwards:

    “These are my principles; if you don’t like them, I have others…”
    Groucho Marx

    11.05.2013 14:54 Reply

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