TUC return to the dark side
If you have watched or read reports of Tony Blair's last speech to the TUC, you would be forgiven for checking the calendar just to make sure that it was still 2006 and not some nightmare year from the 1970s. The hostility, shown to Tony Blair, could not have been more extreme, if he had confessed to some Pact with the devil, or even Thatcherite Conservatives.
This display, says all you need to know about the TUC, how many of us, would invite someone to a party just to be abusive, apart from the theatrics, what is the point.
And precisely what, did Bob Crow achieve, with his apparently stage-managed protest and exit from the conference hall. I believe that Bob Crow ought to concentrate on representing his RMT members' interests rather than making theatrical exits.
One thing Tony Blair has got right over the years, is that the public do not like to see their political parties fighting each other. The trade union movement, first and foremost is about looking after members' interests i e pay and conditions not politics. If Bob Crow wants to be a politician, I suggest he gives up his post with the RMT and finds a political party that will have him.