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Tories and the unions: Cameron’s unlikely charm offensive

Issue No. 2094

Tory leader David Cameron has appointed a trade union envoy. Richard Balfe, a former Labour MEP, has been sent off to talk to general secretaries and sell the Tory message to the eight million plus union members in Britain.

Quite why any self-respecting trade unionist would want to listen to a word from the party that did its utmost to smash trade unionism in the 1980s is anyone’s guess.

So you’d have thought even the TUC would robustly rebuff the Tories’ advances. Except it responded to Cameron by saying, “We never rule anything out because there could be a time in the foreseeable future when he is prime minister.”

But seeing how union leaders have remained loyal to a Labour government that refuses to repeal Tory anti-union laws, perhaps this supine attitude is less of a surprise.

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What We Think
Tue 25 Mar 2008, 18:57 GMT
Issue No. 2094
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