But not here. I like Len McCluskey. I like it that Tories - of whatever party - find him terrifying. I like that he makes no apologies for Unite as a union that defends the interests of working people, whether it be in the workplace or in politics (because, in case some folk have forgotten, working class people have political interests too). And I am glad that Unite is committed to participating fully in the Labour Party to ensure more trade union-friendly working class candidates are selected, and to remind Labour that it exists to to fulfil a social democratic agenda as opposed to being better managers of the deeply dysfunctional and lopsided capitalism Britain is lucky to be home to.
All these are reasons why I'm bloody annoyed. This clumsy, stupid Falkirk intervention has damaged the standing of the union - my union - and handed the Tories a gift-wrapped stick they can beat us with between now and election day. Our enemies will use this idiocy, for that is what it is, to attack the very idea that working people should have an input into politics. It has damaged the reputation of the party and could hurt the standing of unions generally. It's a shambles, it was unnecessary, and is simply not good enough.
As a Unite member and proud trade unionist, I want to know why the powers that be tried to "weight" the constituency selection in Falkirk, who authorised the badly-bungled operation, and who carried it out?
Did our would-be fixer think Mandelson and co. would be too embarrassed by their own shameful record of selection chicanery to cry foul? Was this farce left to the work experience boy to organise? I've honestly seen stitch-ups of classroom window monitor elections carried out with more aplomb. Whoever is responsible clearly lacks an ounce of political sense and needs to be removed from whatever position of authority they occupy in the union. Not just because what they did was wrong - even if they were "only following orders" - but because they're clearly not cut out for the job.
In Unite's defence, it is right to call for an opening of Labour's investigation into the sorry episode, especially as nearly the world and its dog appear to be party to them.
But the scandal of course is that this kind of crap happens routinely, and the unions are by no means the worst offenders. Because real power and serious money is at stake seats will forever be fought over by fair means or foul. What is to be done? There's all kinds of solutions on offer, from the open primary to selection administration by the Electoral Commission, but whatever the case, those who live and breathe the stitch-up will bitterly oppose anything that curbs them. That's why I fear when the dust has settled and this disappears down the memory hole, crap like this will come back to damage us time and time again.
*Well, I do intend to. Tomorrow perhaps.