Friday, 16 January 2009

Getting rich by stealing from the poor.

Something socialists love to harp on about is how all those wealthy people out there are only wealthy because they exploit the poor.

It's a disgusting thing to do. Imagine taking money from poor people and using it to fund your own lavish lifestyle. Imagine living on five- or six-figure incomes, with expenses, with money taken from the downtrodden and underpaid workers of this country.

Who would do such a vile and reprehensible thing?

These people, that's who.

I was in a union once. They did absolutely nothing when I was made redundant. Then, a year later when I was self-employed, they sent me a letter asking why I had stopped paying my union dues. I replied. They didn't press the matter.

The Toynbees of the world love to groan and bluster about the evil capitalists, just as the union bosses love to whine and bleat about how their workers are paid too little. All the people making this noise have sums of money in their banks that could boost the average worker's salary at once, should they choose to follow the socialist principles they claim to hold so dear. Not only will they never do it, they continue taking money from those who can't afford to pay them and fritter it away on luxuries for themselves.

According to figures obtained by The Times, Derek Simpson, joint general secretary of Unite, received £89,035 in benefits on top of his £105,217 salary in 2007 - giving him the largest package of any general secretary. His total pay and perks, including pension, housing benefit, employers' national insurance and car benefit, worked out at £194,252.

Not bad for someone who claims to represent the poorly paid. Not too shabby at all, for someone who insists his underpaid members continue to fund his lifestyle. Equality? What's that? Solidarity? Something to do with ice, eh, Derek?

There's another 'joint general secretary' in Unite, one Tony Woodley:

Over Christmas it was reported that he was seeking a lump sum of up to £100,000 to vacate a heavily subsidised London flat granted to him as an inter-union favour by the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU).

The flat was a favour. They want their flat back now. He wants a hundred grand to get out. Anyone else would soon see some large men with bats.

The property, a historic building close to Westminster, was Mr Woodley's home for 15 years, rented at a fixed price of £200 a month with his electricity and heating bills included.

London city centre, rent, electricity and heating all included in £200 a month. I don't think you can rent a parking space for that amount these days, but the perks don't end there:

This was never declared to the regulator because, Unite says, it is a benefit “from a third party”. It has never been registered as a residential dwelling so Mr Woodley has never paid any council tax on it. Unite refused to comment on this matter.

No council tax. What a result! Almost everyone on his list of members would love to be in that situation, but none are. No, they just pay for it with their subscriptions, which fund his salary and expenses totalling £112,202.

Every one of these so-called 'workers party' representatives is the same. Every one of them sits on a hoard of wealth while insisting that those on modest incomes are taxed more to provide benefits for their 'poor, downtrodden workers' who these same socialists then milk for more cash for themselves. And they have a legion of dimwitted supporters who can't see it!

The middle classes are portrayed as evil, and these wealthy parasites delight in setting up class-war arguments so they can tax the middle class and take subscriptions from the working class. In between, they have their gullible foot-soldiers who don't see that the 'socialists' they work for are ten times richer than the so-called 'wealthy' they target.

Forget capitalism. If you want to be filthy rich and stamp on the faces of the poor while you get there, become a socialist. They're better at it, and best of all, they have a mass of ideology-blinded morons who will help them stamp harder.

Wake up, workers. Your anger has been misdirected all along.


30 comments:

Wyrdtimes said...

With you there all the way. Useless hypocrites.

BTW anyone in a Union can opt out of funding Labour - details here: http://www.stopsubsidisinglabour.plaidcymru.org/content.php?nID=583;lID=1

it's either banned or compulsory said...

"If you want to be filthy rich and stamp on the faces of the poor while you get there, become a socialist. "

Sounds great, where do I apply ?

Anonymous said...

Despite all that, on the whole they are still on the side of the people they represent, unlike a few others I could mention, Would you be happier if union leaders wore flat caps and kept whippits in their council owned homes, no you'd deride them even more.

Politics of envy by any chance?

Damo Mackerel said...

Hmmmm... I agree with a lot of what you had to say but there's one small problem. A lot of the middle classes that I know of are aahh.. union members. Well they are in Ireland anyway. We've some of the best paid public servants in Europe. They're all union members and middle class. We have the Electricity Supply Board.. the ESB which pays it's middle class workforce more than twice or even thrice the average working wage. Heavily unionised, it acts like a PLC company with no risks but all the spoils. The ESB invests in a new venture somewhere in Eastern Europe. If it is successful, the union members get a take of the profits, if it is unsuccessful the taxpayer picks up the tab. I'm sure it's similar in the UK as well. While unions were all for the working classes (which I am one, working class that is ),the middle classes have exploited the union movement themselves. So f*ck them.

WV: Chickens and roost.

Leg-iron said...

Would you be happier if union leaders wore flat caps and kept whippits in their council owned homes, no you'd deride them even more.


Nice touch, anon. Take what I said and extrapolate it into the realms of the ridiculous. A common tactic.

Now, explain why a union boss needs to accumulate so much wealth while claiming to represent minimum-wage workers and charging them for the privilege.

Couldn't they get by on say, half the amount, and cut the costs to their clients accordingly? They don't have to go as far as whippets and council houses but if they did, I would not deride them for it. They'd be practicising what they preach and I'd commend them for it. Even if they lived in semi-detached suburbia, they'd be closer to being in tune with those they represent.

Politics of envy? Grow up. This is the politics of the bloody furious.

But please, console yourself with the illusion that we are just a few disgruntled individuals and that most of the country is delighted with what you've done with the place.

Don't worry about us, Anon. You have nothing to fear from a miserable minority, do you?

Anonymous said...

Why would any working class people keep whippets ? I have kept two and honestly you cant get a decent meal out of them.

The Beast Of Clerkenwell said...

I dont give a fuck.
I stopped playing by "their" rules a long time ago.

Anonymous said...

Leg Iron you are right they Don't need all this wealth, in the same way the endless stream of lawyers, consultants, managers and other non jobbers don't need or deserve their inflated salaries.

The sad and unpalatable truth is that middle England has been playing fast and loose with the economy these last 25 years, I'm more interested in going after these pompous baboons than some jumped up ex docker with a scouse accent.

In short it's payback time.

Pierrepoint said...

Leg Iron, please get a blogger account, the live journal is poor.
I wrote this in response to your pro smoking rant!

Wonderful clean thinking sir, I hope your audience grows.
Up until I had a serious lung clearout four years ago I would have defended smoking till my last rasping breath. The fear of life never quite being the same kept me puffing away long past my sanity screamed at me to behave. I would have to give up the reward I constantly gave myself, losing the pause before acting on anything, however trivial, that I'd grown ever so used to. The ritual of even something as simple as leaving the house, also needed amending. Fags, keys, money was the cry, and once satisfied I had all three, life could go on.
Never did I ever think life could be better without fags. Every smoker knows he's an idiot as I did four years ago. We invented every excuse under the sun to carry on doing the one thing we felt utterly stupid for doing! Even seriously bright people try to justify smoking because anything else leads to self doubt.
this was never meant to be a typical "holier than thou" ex smoker rant, but I'm afraid that is how it now looks.
Einstein died through smoking. We know better!

Anonymous said...

And I thought is was because he shagged Marilyn Monroe, you live and learn.

Anonymous said...

When I was in the Boilermakers union in the 70s Danny McGarvey the general secretary was at a meeting in London. He hired a Rolls Royce to get him to Newcastle our branch wasn't to happy. We sent a letter asking why a Roller? Answer came back only vehicle available at the time, so shut up and keep paying you dues.
It seems to me that when they take off the boiler suit and put on the Saville Row one and move in diifernt circles they stop being a leader and more of a lubricant between managment and the workforce(when we had one)still doesn't stop from being overpaid though.

polaris said...

two wrongs don't make a right. Explotation and greed at the expense of other s is wrong - upper/middle/apparatchik class.

Who didn't suspect this was happening?

AND

What fucking planet were you living on if you had no idea?

clochoderic said...

Leg Iron/OH,

Great sequence of posts recently and an interesting collocation of subjects - namely teaching and trade unions.
In Scotland the the main teaching union, the EIS is identical in outlook and policy to the troughing New Labour cabal and their posts are virtually interchangeable. This arrangement achieved its ultimate goal with the elevation of Joke McConnell as First Minister until his defenestration by Salmond in `07.
Wee Joke has been promised a plum diplomatic job in Malawi but has been frustrated in his attempts to organise a flitting by the shite-bag Broon.
Surely they are not feart of a by-election in Monklands?

Anonymous said...

Fuck one of them up here:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=43256614646&ref=nf


"No government of any colour is to be trusted with such a roadmap to our souls."

OK so this is just the germ of an idea. This group description will become more focused and strident if people get on board.

The government has unveiled plans for a private company to run a "superdatabase" that will track all our emails, calls, texts, internet use and so on. This is an immense infringement of civil liberties, not to mention a major risk to our private data. Read more at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2008/dec/31/privacy-civil-liberties

So, for one day, we should send a message to the Home Office - "you want to see our emails? Ok then, here they are!". We do this by simply cc'ing or bcc'ing every email we send, regardless of importance or content, to public.enquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk . It can be just for one day - to be announced when and if enough people are on board that the message will get through. So spread the word!

The Penguin said...

Leg Iron,

Damn right, and there's a lot more scum floating around in the Brothers Pork Barrel.

The Penguin

Anonymous said...

Clochoderec, Wee Jack is the member for Motherwell and Wishaw. Monklands is split between 2 other members( Airdrie and Coatbridge having different MSP's ).

But ON topic, it is just a symptom of the corrupt and corrosive greed culture which permeates British life that those who can get a nose in the trough generally seem happy to do just that. We have charities which exist mostly to employ their directors. We have doctors who want the salary but don't want to see patients when they are sick after 6 or at the weekend. We pay bubble heads hundreds of thousands to get their baps out in lads mags. You "earn" £175k for sharing a house with Tommy Sheridan for a few weeks. We have MP's with no shame at all ( in both parties! ).

Our country is full of shit. Its full of overpaid chancers who are happy to line their pockets at every possible opportunity. And then we condemn a single mother who's milking the welfare system when she hits on the genius idea to kidnap her own daughter?

It may be obscene that a person on minimum wage should subsidise the grace and favour mansion of some union boss, but is that any more obscene than the salary of some man who kicks a pigs bladder up and down a field on a saturday afternoon? Is it any worse than the children's book author who earns hundreds of millions for a story? How much is a shark in formaldehyde really worth?

The whole world is full of cant and hypocracy. Honesty? Probity? Those are for fools. As outmoded as the golly on the jamjar.

Cato said...

Another great piece, Leg-iron!!

Anonymous said...

Derek Sipson is a c*** of the highest order. I used to be a member of Amicus which amalgamated with god knows who & became Unite. Anyway, for the election after the Iraq invasion (I think it was), Simpson contacted all union members (maybe through the usual newsletter) telling us all it was our duty to vote for Labour. So I wrote back & asked why? citing for example, the Iraq invasion & asking why Unite was still supporting Labour. No reply so I told them to go f*** themselves & resigned from it.

max the impaler said...

Great post Leg-Iron. On the same topic I see Sir John Mortimer has died.Another champagne socialist who lived like a 19th centuary aristocrat and continualy spouted a marxist philosophy.He certainly new had to exploit the politicaly gullible.

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:47 - good idea, I'd suggested something similar a few days ago either here or on Guido but doing it on a permanent basis. Your idea is better, blast their socks off for one day & leave them feart of when we'll strike again. For the first strike could I suggest 1st April (All Fools Day)which seems a singularly appropriate day for anything to do with the present lot that call themselves 'the government'. Don't have time to join the Facebook group at the moment as I was just having a quick read of the OH blog before meeting friends but will definitely join tomorrow or later today. Incidentally, congrats to either OH or Leg Iron, whichever of them put in the Iraqi deaths' counter. Anyone know how to put it anonomously on the No 10 site?

Oliver d'Place said...

"The working class can kiss my ass,
I got the foreman's job at last."

Truer than ever but perhaps this needs a touch of revision.

yellowbelly said...

Simple to solve really.

Set the total pay and benefits for each union General Secretary at a level of the average earnings for their membership.

That would get the bastards working to promote their members' interests.

Anonymous said...

Jack Dromey, Mr. Harridan Harman does anyone remember what he used used to do before he managed to this sinecure?

Sixtypoundsaweekcleaner said...

I was once a member of UNISON, but when I was being bullied by my line manager, they did f**k all. My rep was absolute crap and gave me little help. They like to lure you in as a member with lots of promises of free solicitors etc when you need help, but I didn't get any. Not a sausage.

I turned to a friend of mine, knowing that he worked for a similar trade union, thinking he would be able to give me some advice. But it turned out he knew very little about employment law. In fact I knew more than him! I was stunned when I later found out he is the area TUC top bod. Stunned!

He often boasts that his office is the local pub, but he knows more about the sediment at the bottom of a pint glass, than he knows how to help someone when they're having problems with management. And he seems to do very well out of expenses.

I felt very let down.

Chalcedon said...

They are just hypocrits. Just like the Labour MPs regarding their expenses, use of private schols for their children. do as we say, not as we do. Scum, all of them.

K. MacEgan. said...

Like the character of Pluchard in Germinal?The poor need trade unions.Yes some money gets syphoned off but there should never be a return to kids up chimneys as in 1879.

Anonymous said...

Unions are a waste of money. I work in local government and have never bothered joining one. They only help anyone if it suits their agenda, you're just a pawn in their game.

I've only ever had one problem with a LA employer, my GP told me I should sue them. So I did, all it cost me was £29.99 for an employment law text book, about 20 hours work researching and preparing documents and about £500 in solicitors fees.

I only employed the solicitor after they'd made their first offer to haggle with them for me and make sure it was all legally binding.

They thought they could shaft me because I wasn't in their precious union, but I ended up laughing with £20k in the bank.

Anonymous said...

Unions are a waste of money. I work in local government and have never bothered joining one. They only help anyone if it suits their agenda, you're just a pawn in their game.

I've only ever had one problem with a LA employer, my GP told me I should sue them. So I did, all it cost me was £29.99 for an employment law text book, about 20 hours work researching and preparing documents and about £500 in solicitors fees.

I only employed the solicitor after they'd made their first offer to haggle with them for me and make sure it was all legally binding.

They thought they could shaft me because I wasn't in their precious union, but I ended up laughing with £20k in the bank.

Dave said...

Legendary 60s Folk singer Tom Paxton is touring the UK this spring. Is this designed to make him feel at home?
he wrote this song back in the 60s. He's an extract from the lyrics


I believe, I do, I believe its true.
I believe exactly what they tell me to.
I believe, I do. I believe its true.
I’m a simple guy, I believe.

The politician told me just the other day,
That he really didn’t want the job at all,
But he would make this sacrifice for me,
If I would only place my trust in him.

And I believe, I do. I believe its true.
I believe exactly what they tell me to.
I believe, I do. I believe its true.
I’m a simple guy, I believe.

And the labor leader told his membership,
That his limousine was no extravagance at all.
His cocktail parties at Miami Beach,
Merely helped him roll the Union on.

And I believe, I do. I believe its true.
I believe exactly what they tell me to.
I believe, I do. I believe its true.
I’m a simple guy, I believe.

The Commissioner of Public Safety called,
On the people to support their local cops,
Who never ever use any extra force,
When a kindly word would do as well.

And I Believe, I do. I believe its true.
I believe exactly what they tell me to.
I believe, I do. I believe its true.
I’m a simple guy, I believe.

Anonymous said...

Re Tom Paxton try and hear him sing "I was a guard in the grey iron prison" he wrote if Judy Collins sang it gives an insight into how wonderful the American prison system is.

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