Tag Archives: gmb

Danny Alexander addresses the GMB – emerging liberal and successful

Yesterday Danny Alexander headed off to the annual conference of my old union, the GMB, to give a tricky speech. The GMB isn’t just a consistent critic of the government, it has also criticised Labour for not being different enough from the government in its eyes. Throw in contentious issues such as the pension reforms and merely avoiding uproar would have been a success. In fact, the Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury did far better than that:

Posted in News | Also tagged and | 2 Comments

Opinion: Cable’s GMB speech encapsulated coalition tensions

The Business Secretary Vince Cable’s speech to the GMB annual conference last Monday received significant attention. Some media coverage would have us believe that the senior Lib Dem had brazenly threatened trades unions with serious curbs on their strike powers. In fact, Cable had qualified his brief hint of this possibility with the admission that present circumstances merited no government action.

Within the context of unions’ criticism of government cuts to jobs and services, Cable’s introduction to the table of the possibility of changes to strike law may have been a strategic manoeuvre intended to dissuade industrial action planned

Posted in Op-eds | Also tagged and | 13 Comments
Advert



Recent Comments

  • Marco
    “Ed Davey’s interview on Marr may not have fully captured the nuance of our position“ What is the point of nuance at this time The raison d’etre f...
  • Christopher Curtis
    The saddest thing is that putting political expediency ahead of principle (and party policy) is showing not the slightest sign of working. The party is pretty m...
  • John King
    John Probert: It's undeniably a pretty flag and has proliferated everywhere amid the new nationalism. However if Scotland departed, followed by Northern Irelan...
  • nigel hunter
    Bursaries. The Tories cut it in the 1st place. Are you saying they can now bring it back.? We have never been able to feed ourselves and will always need overse...
  • Paul Fisher
    This article is seminal even for the nearly 100 comments. I founded LibDems in France Local Party in 2017 and Chaired it until December 2020. I resigned from th...