“If the Conservative party had a single donor called UnitePLC that provided 40% of its donations, provided the CEO of the Conservative party, had its Head of PR setup websites for the Conservatives, hired people like Derek McPoison to run smear campaigns, unfairly influenced the process whereby many of its UnitePLC employees become Conservative MPs through donations and Uniteplc block votes in CLPs….. we would all be outraged at the infiltration of the Conservative party by a single company. But if we just changed the word Conservative to Labour in the above and deleted “plc” we arrive at the state of the Labour party.”Yes, this kind of influence is in principle unhealthy. But is there proof Unite are receiving political favours for propping up this rotten corpse of a party? Can Labour right now be credibly accused of pushing a pro-union political agenda?
The real scandal is not one of undue influence. It's that my former union is happy to throw money and personnel at Labour for very little in return.