The trade union leaders who back New Labour are now so desperate that they are touting health secretary Alan Johnson and former Labour deputy leader contender Jon Cruddas as a “dream ticket” to win the next general election.
Tony Woodley, the joint general secretary of Britain’s biggest union Unite, is said to have privately discussed the Johnson-Cruddas ticket.
A senior union figure told the Observer newspaper last weekend, “I think the Johnson-Cruddas plan will have a lot of appeal to my rank and file members.”
Much of the support for Johnson is based on him being the former leader of the CWU communication workers’ union.
But he has moved very far from the unions in his time in office. He voted to back the war on Iraq and has pushed through anti-working class policies such as top-up fees for students.
Even Cruddas, who is seen as on the left of Labour, supported the government’s 42-day detention plan for “terror suspects”. He also voted for the Iraq war, though he says he now “regrets” doing this.
The “dream ticket” will appeal to very few working class people. The nightmare will continue for Labour no matter who leads it as long as its policies remain the same.