Thursday, 5 June 2008
Having an old friend for dinner.
TUC visiting No 10 ?
The Labour party has run out of cash. they need some fast from some old associates.
How did that meeting go do you think ?
Brendan Barber: [leader of the trades union congress] Why did you go to the business leaders, the celebreties and the millionaires? Why didn't you come to us first?
Gordon Brown: What do you want of me? Tell me anything, but do what I beg you to do.
Brendan Barber: What is that?
[Brown gets up and whispers in the TUC leader's ear]
Brendan Barber: That I cannot do.
Gordon Brown: I'll legislate you anything you ask.
Brendan Barber: We've known each other for many years but this is the first time you've ever come to me for counsel or for help. I can't remember the last time you invited me to your house, Number 11 or Number 10, for an exchange of political views, even though we share many of the same aims and ideals from the old days. But, let's be frank here. You never wanted our friendship and even our money. NuLabour were keen to distance themselves from the Unions and even you were afraid to be in our debt.
Gordon Brown: I didn't want to get into electoral trouble. The voters.. the 1970's and Arthur and the miners and all that... Tony wanted to avoid any connection.
Brendan Barber: I understand. You found paradise in the landslide election victory. You had a good deal of support, made a lot of new friends, the EU protected you and there were banks and finance houses and rich donors and you didn't need friends like us. But, now you come to me and you say "TUC, CWU, GMBU,NUT give me funding." But you don't ask with respect. You don't offer friendship. You don't even think to call me Comrade.
Gordon,Gordon. What have we ever done to make you to treat us so disrespectfully. If you had come to us in friendship then your bank book would be overflowing. Your creditors would be paid this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make political enemies then they would become our enemies. And then, they would fear you.
Gordon Brown: Be my friend... COMRADE.
Brendan Barber: Good. Someday, and that day may never come, but it will probably come very very soon, I'll call upon you to do a service for me. But, until that day, accept this cheque as a gift.
Gordon Brown: Grazie, Comrade.
Brendan Barber: Bene. Now kiss all our rings and get out.
Posted by Bill Quango MP