Miliband is right to dismiss trade union agitating
I agree with the Eds on this one, not Unite leader Len McCluskey.
Liverpool's own Len reckons Miliband was setting Labour on course for electoral "disaster" and undermining his own leadership by accepting Government cuts and the cap on public sector pay.
No, Mr McCluskey, what would set our party on course for disaster would be if a leader the public already feel only lukewarm about was seen to be the puppet of the Trade Unions.
It may have escaped the notice of some of the party, but a lot of the public actually think public sector workers are doing all right, thanks very much, when compared with those in the private sector with nothing to cushion them as this double dip recession sets in.
Let's be clear, this is a planned 1% public sector pay cap, not a pay cut. Balls and Miliband are right to say they would not reverse this.
As for the cuts at large, that is too complex an issue to treat with such a broad brush. The coalition is making too many cuts, and in the wrong places, but to pretend like we wouldn't have to make cuts too is plain wrong.
The cupboards are bare, and making promises to all and sundry we everyone else knows we can't keep will discredit any manifesto we produce.