The Tories latest attack on trade unions seems to have blown up in their face this morning with the news that previously unheard of right-wing MP Aidan Burley, Chair of the recently launched (and poorly named) Trade Union Reform Campaign (TURC) has been socialising in France with nazi-saluting louts one of them dressed in an SS uniform (!)
Burley has been desperately trying to promote his new (mysteriously funded) pressure group with attacks upon trade union facility time, winning praise from the Prime Minister who says trade union time off in the public sector is immoral. Whereas paying the bill for diners in Nazi costumes is beyond reproach?
Our PM may know what it is to be isolated and embarrassed in France, but surely he should now withdraw his endorsement of TURC while it is still associated with Burley? And will the (unnamed) Cabinet member due to speak at TURC's launch event in the Jubilee Room at the House of Commons at 7pm on Tuesday 24 January still turn up if Burley is in the Chair? (Perhaps some trade unionists should turn up to find out...)
Hat tip labour_dave on Twitter (who has been tweeting a bit this morning about his constituency MP!).