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Why is Sir Digby Jones in Brown’s government?

He was head of the bosses’ CBI – he hates strikes and nobody voted for him

Issue No. 2058

Sir Digby Jones

Sir Digby Jones


My union was on strike last week when we heard that Gordon Brown had made bosses’ rep Sir Digby Jones a trade minister in his government.

So we have a former Confederation of British Industry director general at the centre of decision-making.

Labour is supposed to be reconnecting with its working class supporters. All I can see is it connecting even more with businessmen.

Digby Jones isn’t a member of the Labour Party, won’t say he will vote Labour at elections, isn’t elected and opposes strikes. How low can Labour go?

In Brown’s first week he’s appointed a former Tory as Northern Ireland secretary and made a bosses’ champion a trade minister.

He has seen two young lads from his area killed in Iraq, put forward plans to reduce union influence at the Labour conference, and refused to side with us during our strike against Royal Mail.

What a record – and he’s hardly started. We wanted a real change of policy, not just a change in Number 10.

No wonder more and more trade unionists are fed up with Labour.

They are asking why the unions continue to give millions to a party that spurns its roots and welcomes the rich into plum positions.


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Tue 3 Jul 2007, 18:28 BST
Issue No. 2058
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