What more evil way to block any opposition than to remove all funding for any opposition parties? That’s exactly what the Tories are planning with their 2 part scheme to kill Labour funding. The first part of the plan was to cut Short Money – which is funding provided to opposition parties to help them operate in opposition. That will remove £1m a year from Labour funding. The second part of the plan is to stop unions from funding the Labour party. They will instead force union members to individually fund the party, a move likely to cost the Labour party about £5m a year. And to get this through, the Tories are going to use secondary legislation again – a new favourite trick of theirs to pass laws without scrutiny. Mwhahaha.
Unfortunately, the Lib Dems are attempting to stop this undermining of democracy. They are doing that by the sneaky underhand method of proposing that all donations be subject to caps – not just Labour ones. That would mean that the Tories, who rely on massive donations from a small number of influential donors, would also be subject to similar funding cuts to Labour. Lets hope democracy doesn’t prevail this time, or we may not be able to turn in to a dictatorship as quickly as the Tories would like.
Trade Unions – they are a right nuisance, posting things on social media and so on. Clearly that sort of reckless behaviour must be stopped. Trade unions communicating with their members is bad for companies, and especially bad for the government – traditionally the worst employer for managing employee relationships. Something must be done about it.
Fortunately the Tories are proposing to bring an end to it. The Trade Union Bill will crack down on workers’ rights, stopping unions from posting to blogs, Facebook or Twitter during a strike without giving 14 days’ notice. Police will have to spend time monitoring unions’ web sites and social media to make sure they aren’t breaking the rules – a very evil waste of police time. Mwhahaha.
The ridiculous crack down on free speech doesn’t end there either – if you want to wave a placard or talk though a loudspeaker, you need to give 14 days’ notice. And with the ban on hiring agency staff to replace striking workers being removed, that 14 days’ notice will give employers plenty of time to replace striking staff. Not particularly evil for people inconvenienced by another tube strike, but incredibly evil for people like nurses and doctors who are being threatened with pay cuts (while MP’s pay goes up 10%). Now they have no way to effectively resist employers who screw them over – especially when that employer is the Government. Mwhahaha.