Unite general secretary Len McCluskey will be among a number of union leaders meeting Theresa May today to discuss post-Brexit worker protections. It’s extremely likely that they will all emerge from the meeting dismissing it as a waste of time – just like the party leaders who attended her ‘cross-party talks’ after May’s parliamentary disasters last week.
However, McCluskey’s attendance shatters another myth so often pushed by Jeremy Corbyn’s so-called ‘centrist’ opponents.
McCluskey is doing his job for Unite members by attending to find out what May has to say – even if, in all likelihood, it will be as lacking in substance as her weekly fiascos during Prime Minister’s Questions.
But Jeremy Corbyn rightly refused to give May easy propaganda last week when he refused to attend – and was entirely vindicated by the admission of the other party leaders that it was a waste of time.
But the different approach taken by the two leaders drives a big stake through the heart of claims regularly by right-wing Labour MPs and the Establishment media that Corbyn’s leadership and office are ‘run by Unite’.
Unsurprisingly, this hasn’t been a feature of ‘MSM’ commentary – and is unlikely to prevent them trying to push the same line in future.
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