ref date:19 Oct 1998 (WBA)
Unions in Labours pocket?
Labours broken sleaze pledge has surfaced
Now we know why Union leaders are getting a new voice in Labours
policy setting, perhaps Thatcher was right after all.
Labour has asked that parties limit their spending on election
campaigns to 1.5 million pounds during the run up to the
Scottish parliamentary elections and yet they allow UNIONS to spend
5% of their funds (up to $120,000 = 75,000 pounds EACH) to help fund
Labour' election campaign.
This is undemocratic, it is vote buying, its typical sleazy Westminster.
You can be certain that the SNP will be excluded or severely restricted in its access to TV and radio again, as it was at the last election.
Michael Russell of the SNP said "I am looking to the unions to say they will not campaign in this way. I want them to
behave responsibly and not as the tools of London because they have not considered the views
of the Scottish workforce."
If Labour and Unions get away with this we are on the slippery vote
buying slope that rots politics in the USA, some bloody democracy.