Deputy PM visits Bridgwater's Mulberry factory

Yeovil Express: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg speaks to Mulberry apprentices Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg speaks to Mulberry apprentices

DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg visited Bridgwater’s Mulberry factory today (March 21) to see how the company has been benefiting from Government funding.

The luxury handbag factory started up its Bridgwater branch in July 2013 and is just weeks away from being at full capacity, thanks to £2.5 million of support from the Government's Regional Growth Fund.

The investment will be used to help recruit and train new staff, doubling Mulberry’s UK capacity, and has created 300 jobs for the area.

The Deputy Prime Minister toured the factory and met apprentices pursuing a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Manufacturing).

Clegg said: “I’m really impressed by the craftsmanship and skill shown by workers at Mulberry and I’m delighted the Government is able to offer assistance to help the company expand. “The Regional Growth Fund is a pot of money where we say if companies can prove to us that they will be able to create jobs that will last, we will seek to help them.

“Mulberry could have easily chosen to set up another factory outside the UK, but they chose Somerset. By supporting companies who invest in the UK we are safeguarding jobs in Britain.

“We need to tackle snobbery regarding apprenticeships and it’s also important to get more women taking up careers in STEM.”

Staffing at the Bridgwater factory is evenly split 50/50 between men and women, who both do the same types of jobs for the same pay.

A bag can take between three to five hours to make. The factory produces around 1,200 bags a week. Every now and then, staff will cheer when they reach their targets, because it means they get a bonus.

Mulberry group supply director Ian Scott said: “Bridgwater is very significant to the chain and this factory is our largest leather goods manufacturing site in the UK.

“The town has a good manufacturing legacy; there was a lingerie factory here and Clarks. The skills are already here and people from Bridgwater are motivated and enthusiastic.”

The factory will be Mulberry’s second in Somerset to manufacture the company’s luxury handbags. Added to Mulberry’s own investment, the total investment in the new factory is approximately £7.5 million.

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4:11pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Bridgy old Boy says...

Interestingly Clegg turns up the day after Mulberry's Chief Executive Bruno Guillon leaves the company what an unfortunate coincidence.
Interestingly Clegg turns up the day after Mulberry's Chief Executive Bruno Guillon leaves the company what an unfortunate coincidence. Bridgy old Boy
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5:03pm Fri 21 Mar 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

Just checked out the Mulberry website and discovered that one of Mullberry's handbags: a product that is somewhat lazily described as an 'icon'; is something called the ‘Bayswater Oak Natural Leather With Brass’... IT RETAILS AT A STAGGERING £895!

An eye watering, pulse-raising £895 however, is only a mere snip when compared to the £5,000 (Yes that’s correct - FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS! YES! - FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS – STERLING!) for… wait for it; something called a Suffolk Pheasant Green Ostrich! And no - I’m not making this up!


Initially unsure whether the staggering £5,000 price tag was the asking price for one of a rare exotic pedigree breed of bird or even perhaps one of an endangered species of antipodean avian; I further examined the website and discovered that a Suffolk Pheasant Green Ostrich is in fact…a handbag… a luxury handbag!
£5,000 FOR A HANDBAG!

More expendable income, increased confidence to spend money, expensive shopping sprees pushing up prices. Sound familiar? No, didn't think so.

But apparently this is the reality for the super-rich. While the rest of us are struggling to put up with rising prices of the basic necessities, those who can afford luxury goods such as expensive cars, the best restaurants and luxury handbags are spending more money than for years.

This is also accompanied by a 4.9% rise in price tags for these items in the twelve months to April.

Back in the real world however; the world inhabited by the 99%, the situation is starkly different. The Gazette article states that “a bag can take between three to five hours to make.”
Three to five hours, to make a handbag? A handbag that can be sold for £5,000?!

A mulberry apprentice on £2.68 would have to work 1,865 hours in order to be able to buy back a handbag costing £5,000 that took 5 hours to make!
Put another way, the same worker on the same level of apprenticeship ‘wage’ would have to work more than 46 weeks before earning enough to buy one £5,000 handbag that takes 5 hours to make!

Yep, we’re all in it together!

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Just checked out the Mulberry website and discovered that one of Mullberry's handbags: a product that is somewhat lazily described as an 'icon'; is something called the ‘Bayswater Oak Natural Leather With Brass’... IT RETAILS AT A STAGGERING £895! An eye watering, pulse-raising £895 however, is only a mere snip when compared to the £5,000 (Yes that’s correct - FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS! YES! - FIVE THOUSAND POUNDS – STERLING!) for… wait for it; something called a Suffolk Pheasant Green Ostrich! And no - I’m not making this up! Initially unsure whether the staggering £5,000 price tag was the asking price for one of a rare exotic pedigree breed of bird or even perhaps one of an endangered species of antipodean avian; I further examined the website and discovered that a Suffolk Pheasant Green Ostrich is in fact…a handbag… a luxury handbag! £5,000 FOR A HANDBAG! More expendable income, increased confidence to spend money, expensive shopping sprees pushing up prices. Sound familiar? No, didn't think so. But apparently this is the reality for the super-rich. While the rest of us are struggling to put up with rising prices of the basic necessities, those who can afford luxury goods such as expensive cars, the best restaurants and luxury handbags are spending more money than for years. This is also accompanied by a 4.9% rise in price tags for these items in the twelve months to April. Back in the real world however; the world inhabited by the 99%, the situation is starkly different. The Gazette article states that “a bag can take between three to five hours to make.” Three to five hours, to make a handbag? A handbag that can be sold for £5,000?! A mulberry apprentice on £2.68 would have to work 1,865 hours in order to be able to buy back a handbag costing £5,000 that took 5 hours to make! Put another way, the same worker on the same level of apprenticeship ‘wage’ would have to work more than 46 weeks before earning enough to buy one £5,000 handbag that takes 5 hours to make! Yep, we’re all in it together! Don’t just get angry, get organised! Join the socialists. www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
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5:15pm Fri 21 Mar 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

...And the company selling handbags that can cost £5000; whilst paying their apprentices £2.68 per hour receive thousands of pounds in government grants?!!

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...And the company selling handbags that can cost £5000; whilst paying their apprentices £2.68 per hour receive thousands of pounds in government grants?!! Don't just get angry, get organised! join the socialists! www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
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7:02pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

To the Socialist Party Spokes person,obviously under your Perfect world we would all be paid the same, for a 35 hour week, there would off course be no overtime, as no one would be allowed to earn more than his or her fellow co- Worker. Where have you obtained the £2.68 per hour from for the Apprentices wages Hourly rates ??
. If you want to live in a State run State Controlled Country, I'm sure your wants and views would be welcomed in China, Russia, or even Vietnam. We do not want your Doctrine shoved down our throats, !!
Just, how much do you earn ?? Are you paid, when you are attending your Socialist Parties Activities. Does some-one else have to cover your job whilst attending to these activities, or is it a full time Well paid Position ????
Bob Crow R I P, Union Leader was on £180 .000 per year, Just How Can that Be Justified, that is more than the Prime Minister Gets for Running the Country............H
e is worth every Pound, as along with the Chancellor George Osbourne has managed to reverse the Downward Spiral that the Labour Government left us the Conservatives to sort out.....
Without incentives, you will not bother to improve your life, your lot, you will end up depending on the State, for every thing. Instead of gaining Self esteem, Self respect, and respect of others.
. You come across as a jealous begrudging hypocrite, if you were criticising Wayne Rooney's £300k a week, then I would agree with you, if he was to give £150k a week to Pensioners to help their lot, Great, because they do deserve to have a life style that is not below the Minimum Wage, but your lot would agree with Labour, and give it to the Scroungers, jobless in our Society.
Families on the Social, cannot manage on £26k a year, What a Great Pity, I would limit them to means tested benefits, vouchers only not Cash, to be redeemed in Approved Shops only, that would soon stop the black Market fiddling, on the Dole.
There are jobs, they just are not prepared to do them. As it's easier for the State to look after them......Have more Kids than they can afford to raise, perhaps China has the Handle on that one ?????....
We are all 'Capitalists @ Heart "
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
To the Socialist Party Spokes person,obviously under your Perfect world we would all be paid the same, for a 35 hour week, there would off course be no overtime, as no one would be allowed to earn more than his or her fellow co- Worker. Where have you obtained the £2.68 per hour from for the Apprentices wages Hourly rates ?? . If you want to live in a State run State Controlled Country, I'm sure your wants and views would be welcomed in China, Russia, or even Vietnam. We do not want your Doctrine shoved down our throats, !! Just, how much do you earn ?? Are you paid, when you are attending your Socialist Parties Activities. Does some-one else have to cover your job whilst attending to these activities, or is it a full time Well paid Position ???? Bob Crow R I P, Union Leader was on £180 .000 per year, Just How Can that Be Justified, that is more than the Prime Minister Gets for Running the Country............H e is worth every Pound, as along with the Chancellor George Osbourne has managed to reverse the Downward Spiral that the Labour Government left us the Conservatives to sort out..... Without incentives, you will not bother to improve your life, your lot, you will end up depending on the State, for every thing. Instead of gaining Self esteem, Self respect, and respect of others. . You come across as a jealous begrudging hypocrite, if you were criticising Wayne Rooney's £300k a week, then I would agree with you, if he was to give £150k a week to Pensioners to help their lot, Great, because they do deserve to have a life style that is not below the Minimum Wage, but your lot would agree with Labour, and give it to the Scroungers, jobless in our Society. Families on the Social, cannot manage on £26k a year, What a Great Pity, I would limit them to means tested benefits, vouchers only not Cash, to be redeemed in Approved Shops only, that would soon stop the black Market fiddling, on the Dole. There are jobs, they just are not prepared to do them. As it's easier for the State to look after them......Have more Kids than they can afford to raise, perhaps China has the Handle on that one ?????.... We are all 'Capitalists @ Heart " David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
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9:20pm Fri 21 Mar 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

From The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Novel for Serious People

Jack: Actually, I was found.

Lady Bracknell: Found?

Jack: Uh, yes, I was in... a handbag.

Lady Bracknell: A handbag? A HaaaaaaaaaandBaaaaaa
aaaaaaaaaag?!

Jack: Yes, it was...


Jack: an ordinary, plain and simple, common-or-garden...S
uffolk Pheasant Green Ostrich errrm...handbag, that cost a mere £5000 and only took 5 hours of an apprentice's lifetime (at £2.63 an hour) to make!

My parents wanted a gold plated diamond encrusted, Westminster Grouse Blue Owl with a price tag of £200,000, however Harrods were sadly all sold out of these luxury items.... times were hard indeed....
From The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Novel for Serious People Jack: Actually, I was found. Lady Bracknell: Found? Jack: Uh, yes, I was in... a handbag. Lady Bracknell: A handbag? A HaaaaaaaaaandBaaaaaa aaaaaaaaaag?! Jack: Yes, it was... [makes gestures] Jack: an ordinary, plain and simple, common-or-garden...S uffolk Pheasant Green Ostrich errrm...handbag, that cost a mere £5000 and only took 5 hours of an apprentice's lifetime (at £2.63 an hour) to make! My parents wanted a gold plated diamond encrusted, Westminster Grouse Blue Owl with a price tag of £200,000, however Harrods were sadly all sold out of these luxury items.... times were hard indeed.... SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
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8:50am Sat 22 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

That's right !!! Do not answer, my direct Questions, just post derogatory Bird related Quips, directed my way,:
Where did you get the £2.68 hourly rate from ????
If ladies or even Wealthy Chaps want to spend upwards of £10-£5000.00 on a Handbag, or any other Luxury Product, it is up to them, whether it's ££2500 on Vintage Wines, Or £245k for a Bentley, or £25 Million on a property, it is up to them, they have the Money, they have the rights to spend it as they want,not be hassled by the likes of yourself and the Somerset Socialist Party
the old Adage of "it's Money that makes the World Go Around", get used to it.
Capitalism is here 2 Stay,!!!!
David L Preece
Blue Owl,
That's right !!! Do not answer, my direct Questions, just post derogatory Bird related Quips, directed my way,: Where did you get the £2.68 hourly rate from ???? If ladies or even Wealthy Chaps want to spend upwards of £10-£5000.00 on a Handbag, or any other Luxury Product, it is up to them, whether it's ££2500 on Vintage Wines, Or £245k for a Bentley, or £25 Million on a property, it is up to them, they have the Money, they have the rights to spend it as they want,not be hassled by the likes of yourself and the Somerset Socialist Party the old Adage of "it's Money that makes the World Go Around", get used to it. Capitalism is here 2 Stay,!!!! David L Preece Blue Owl, Blue Owl
  • Score: -5

10:06am Sat 22 Mar 14

FreeSpeech? says...

The departed Bob Crow described himself as a Socialist/Communist and yet still believed he deserved his £100,000+ wages and benefits which did not make him equal to all those he lived amongst. You only need to look at Labour and the Liberals to realise they are exactly the same as the Conservatives, in it for their own ends and profit. Socialism/Communism believes in equality but in reality it means equality as long as I'm more equal than you.
The departed Bob Crow described himself as a Socialist/Communist and yet still believed he deserved his £100,000+ wages and benefits which did not make him equal to all those he lived amongst. You only need to look at Labour and the Liberals to realise they are exactly the same as the Conservatives, in it for their own ends and profit. Socialism/Communism believes in equality but in reality it means equality as long as I'm more equal than you. FreeSpeech?
  • Score: 7

8:21pm Sat 22 Mar 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Blue Owl wrote:
That's right !!! Do not answer, my direct Questions, just post derogatory Bird related Quips, directed my way,:
Where did you get the £2.68 hourly rate from ????
If ladies or even Wealthy Chaps want to spend upwards of £10-£5000.00 on a Handbag, or any other Luxury Product, it is up to them, whether it's ££2500 on Vintage Wines, Or £245k for a Bentley, or £25 Million on a property, it is up to them, they have the Money, they have the rights to spend it as they want,not be hassled by the likes of yourself and the Somerset Socialist Party
the old Adage of "it's Money that makes the World Go Around", get used to it.
Capitalism is here 2 Stay,!!!!
David L Preece
Blue Owl,
Owl,

Interesting that you are badgering people for answers as on no less than 3 separate threads that you've had a rant on in the past few weeks I've politely asked you to clarify several points, none of which you've responded to.

Just saying
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: That's right !!! Do not answer, my direct Questions, just post derogatory Bird related Quips, directed my way,: Where did you get the £2.68 hourly rate from ???? If ladies or even Wealthy Chaps want to spend upwards of £10-£5000.00 on a Handbag, or any other Luxury Product, it is up to them, whether it's ££2500 on Vintage Wines, Or £245k for a Bentley, or £25 Million on a property, it is up to them, they have the Money, they have the rights to spend it as they want,not be hassled by the likes of yourself and the Somerset Socialist Party the old Adage of "it's Money that makes the World Go Around", get used to it. Capitalism is here 2 Stay,!!!! David L Preece Blue Owl,[/p][/quote]Owl, Interesting that you are badgering people for answers as on no less than 3 separate threads that you've had a rant on in the past few weeks I've politely asked you to clarify several points, none of which you've responded to. Just saying freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
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8:58pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Bridgy old Boy says...

Morally I do find it hard to justify spending circa £1000 on a ruddy handbag at a time when over a million people are left to resort to food banks. But having said that at least as a country we are making things again and thanks to a bit of good old fashioned state intervention. Yes Mr Owl your heroine Maggie Thatcher did her best to destroy this country's manufacturing base and it's a long old haul to replace all those lost skills.
Morally I do find it hard to justify spending circa £1000 on a ruddy handbag at a time when over a million people are left to resort to food banks. But having said that at least as a country we are making things again and thanks to a bit of good old fashioned state intervention. Yes Mr Owl your heroine Maggie Thatcher did her best to destroy this country's manufacturing base and it's a long old haul to replace all those lost skills. Bridgy old Boy
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10:22am Sun 23 Mar 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

SocialistParty.Somer
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wrote:
...And the company selling handbags that can cost £5000; whilst paying their apprentices £2.68 per hour receive thousands of pounds in government grants?!!

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Correction:

The level of government grant (ie state intervention!) actually received by this company (a company that sells handbags costing £5000 - which take up to 5 hours of an apprentice's life to make; at 2.63 an hour) is not merely thousands of pounds.

IT IS IN FACT £2.5 MILLION!

YES THAT'S CORRECT - TWO AND A HALF MILLION POUNDS IN STATE INTERVENTION - not privately owned investment - oh no - but £2.5 MILLION of STATE INTERVENTION!

Meanwhile, however; vital public services are being savagely slashed, burned and privatised by the three main establishment parties of big-business, as we are repeatedly told that the crisis-ridden capitalist system can no longer afford to provide even these modest yet vital social advances.

Apologies for this error: my vision was temporarily impaired by the eye watering £5000 price tag of the Sedgemoor Ostrich Blue Owl handbag as advertised, on the Mulberry website!

Don't just get angry...get organised!

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[quote][p][bold]SocialistParty.Somer setBranch[/bold] wrote: ...And the company selling handbags that can cost £5000; whilst paying their apprentices £2.68 per hour receive thousands of pounds in government grants?!! Don't just get angry, get organised! join the socialists! www.socialistparty.o rg.uk[/p][/quote]Correction: The level of government grant (ie state intervention!) actually received by this company (a company that sells handbags costing £5000 - which take up to 5 hours of an apprentice's life to make; at 2.63 an hour) is not merely thousands of pounds. IT IS IN FACT £2.5 MILLION! YES THAT'S CORRECT - TWO AND A HALF MILLION POUNDS IN STATE INTERVENTION - not privately owned investment - oh no - but £2.5 MILLION of STATE INTERVENTION! Meanwhile, however; vital public services are being savagely slashed, burned and privatised by the three main establishment parties of big-business, as we are repeatedly told that the crisis-ridden capitalist system can no longer afford to provide even these modest yet vital social advances. Apologies for this error: my vision was temporarily impaired by the eye watering £5000 price tag of the Sedgemoor Ostrich Blue Owl handbag as advertised, on the Mulberry website! Don't just get angry...get organised! Join the socialists at: www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
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9:40am Mon 24 Mar 14

Blue Owl says...

Freddie, Bridgie Old Feller, and the Socialist Party Mouthpiece, as and when you there Start answering the points I raise to your posts, then I might be bothered to reply to your Questions of me. But until you start raising your own viewpoints, not just Slagging off everything I have to post, then I will not bother to respond.
Even ,now Bridgie Old Boy, you say My Heroine, Maggie Thatcher attempt to destroy our Manufacturing Industries, no what she Stood for was that Industry, could not be funded in A free Market by State Subsidies, year after year, when emerging Markets were producing Goods, of equal Quality, that consumers wanted, at prices well below what it costs us to produce in the UK.
Look at our Car Industry, in Coventry, building Cars that were heavily Subsidised in factories, run and Controlled by the Unions, not the Workers, or the Management, our Coal Industry, yes Margaret's Miners Conflict, was that, a power struggle, between Arthur Scargill, who 's own Role was challenged, as leader of the Miners Union. And the Government of the Day, whose role was to break the Unions Grip, over Industry.
The 60s-70's were defining years, for the British Manufacturing Industries, times were changing, and the Old Dinosaur Union Activities were out of place in A Modernising workplace. In order to be Competative, with the rest of Industry World Wide.
Margaret thatcher, knew that if She lost the Conflict with the Miners Unions, then next would be the Seamans, and Dockers Unions, which would have serious effect on our Imports and Exports,
As I have said b4, I personally have no problem with anyone, indeed I was a Member of the T&G WU @ Cellophane, but Did not and would not Pay a Political Levy to a Labour Party, through my Union Fee's/ Dues. Along with 60/70 others we Opted to pay that sum to local Charity, thou Chastised by the Shopstewards Bullyboy Tactics for doing so, a private measure that the Union released to its Stewards, confidential info, you would think ,no hell was it !!!
That was Cellophane Ltd for you, Unions, always trying to bring the Workers Out on Strike, despite being the most well paid Workers at that time, in comparison to other Industries in and-around Bridgwater @ the time, before Hinkley A construction and Operations, many left Cellophane to go to Hinkley in that time.
David L Preece
Blue - Owl
Freddie, Bridgie Old Feller, and the Socialist Party Mouthpiece, as and when you there Start answering the points I raise to your posts, then I might be bothered to reply to your Questions of me. But until you start raising your own viewpoints, not just Slagging off everything I have to post, then I will not bother to respond. Even ,now Bridgie Old Boy, you say My Heroine, Maggie Thatcher attempt to destroy our Manufacturing Industries, no what she Stood for was that Industry, could not be funded in A free Market by State Subsidies, year after year, when emerging Markets were producing Goods, of equal Quality, that consumers wanted, at prices well below what it costs us to produce in the UK. Look at our Car Industry, in Coventry, building Cars that were heavily Subsidised in factories, run and Controlled by the Unions, not the Workers, or the Management, our Coal Industry, yes Margaret's Miners Conflict, was that, a power struggle, between Arthur Scargill, who 's own Role was challenged, as leader of the Miners Union. And the Government of the Day, whose role was to break the Unions Grip, over Industry. The 60s-70's were defining years, for the British Manufacturing Industries, times were changing, and the Old Dinosaur Union Activities were out of place in A Modernising workplace. In order to be Competative, with the rest of Industry World Wide. Margaret thatcher, knew that if She lost the Conflict with the Miners Unions, then next would be the Seamans, and Dockers Unions, which would have serious effect on our Imports and Exports, As I have said b4, I personally have no problem with anyone, indeed I was a Member of the T&G WU @ Cellophane, but Did not and would not Pay a Political Levy to a Labour Party, through my Union Fee's/ Dues. Along with 60/70 others we Opted to pay that sum to local Charity, thou Chastised by the Shopstewards Bullyboy Tactics for doing so, a private measure that the Union released to its Stewards, confidential info, you would think ,no hell was it !!! That was Cellophane Ltd for you, Unions, always trying to bring the Workers Out on Strike, despite being the most well paid Workers at that time, in comparison to other Industries in and-around Bridgwater @ the time, before Hinkley A construction and Operations, many left Cellophane to go to Hinkley in that time. David L Preece Blue - Owl Blue Owl
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8:38pm Mon 24 Mar 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Owl,

I guess we will all have to accept your bellicose ramblings as objective and well researched pieces of work then, rather than the utter cobblers that some would say they are.

As a little knowledge is said to be a dangerous thing, I guess you must be absolutely terrifying!
Owl, I guess we will all have to accept your bellicose ramblings as objective and well researched pieces of work then, rather than the utter cobblers that some would say they are. As a little knowledge is said to be a dangerous thing, I guess you must be absolutely terrifying! freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
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11:46am Tue 25 Mar 14

SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

In answer to those on this thread whom neither merit nor deserve to be named or referenced in a post of this character; it is obvious whom they are....

Obituary: originally posted 13 March 2014

Bob Crow: A great fighter for the working class

1961-2014

Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary

The Socialist Party is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT).

The outpouring of grief and solidarity in response to his death confirms the major impact he had as a trade union leader - undoubtedly one of the best known - for his steadfast approach to standing up for his members.

Our thoughts are with his family. We also send solidarity to RMT members.

Where the Evening Standard once tried to portray him as the 'most hated man in Britain', commuters interviewed on the news paid tribute to his principles in standing up for what he believed in, and for those who elected him. Westminster and town hall politicians can only dream of such a tribute.

The RMT's February strike on London Underground was a beacon for workers suffering under Con-Dem austerity and fearing a precarious future.

Every attempt was made to undermine the union and to ridicule Bob - but the strike had huge public support.

The RMT took the battle to London Tory Mayor Boris Johnson, who has shown in his sick-making eulogy to Bob what depths of hypocrisy can be plunged.

Even the most anti-union papers had to acknowledge that the union forced an utterly arrogant and intransigent Johnson to the negotiating table.

That battle must be continued to a victory for the RMT against ticket office closures and job losses.

Building resistence

Bob's approach to building resistance was reflected in the RMT's founding of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN), giving trade unionists a powerful body in which to fight austerity and to build pressure on the TUC to call a 24-hour general strike, a campaign which Bob wholeheartedly backed.

Bob had just agreed to attend this year's NSSN conference on 5 July as a key speaker. Under his leadership the RMT was a tireless defender of trade union rights, alongside the PCS and the POA prison officers' union.



Bob Crow speaking at the NSSN's lobby of the TUC, 24.4.13 , photo N Cafferky


Bob Crow speaking at the NSSN's lobby of the TUC, 24.4.13 , photo N Cafferky (Click to enlarge)

Mirror columnist Kevin Maguire gave Bob a fitting tribute: "in an era of political bland, he was a trade union leader who would tell it how it is".

This included on matters political. "Bob told me he favoured the formation of a new workers' party, I said he was doomed to fail."

Kevin will be proved wrong and Bob Crow will be vindicated. But Bob didn't just talk about these things with journalists.

Among RMT members and the working class he made the case for the building of a new mass workers' party.

Bob was due to be the lead candidate for 'No2EU - Yes to workers' rights' in the 22 May European elections and was a co-founder and steering committee member of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) since 2010.

Under his leadership two RMT conferences voted for the union to fully participate in TUSC, alongside the Socialist Party and others.

RMT members are among the workers and anti-cuts activists standing as council candidates in the biggest left-of-Labour challenge for generations.

Socialism

Bob Crow always defended socialism as the necessary alternative to the rotten capitalist system. We often shared a platform with him, and he spoke at our Socialist Party annual 'Socialism' events on a number of occasions - including last November - receiving many ovations for his tenacious stance.

Among RMT members Bob had enormous respect and support for his uncompromising position of fighting in their interests, including fighting for renationalisation of the railways.

When the RMT come to the democratic process of electing a new leader we hope they choose someone who will honour Bob's memory by being a fighter for the working class, including for the establishment of a new mass workers' party with TUSC as a first step, for socialism and for international solidarity, as Bob was.

The affection for Bob Crow sums up the urge of the working class for a powerful, fighting leadership.

It is fair to say that if the entire trade union leadership was made up of fighters like Bob, or like Mark Serwotka and the left socialist leadership in the PCS, and other lefts in the trade unions, the battle to stop the cuts and kick out the Con-Dems would be in a much advanced state.

But in his passing, Bob Crow also reminds us of the strength of the British working class to produce such fighters. He will be greatly missed, but we will fight on.

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In answer to those on this thread whom neither merit nor deserve to be named or referenced in a post of this character; it is obvious whom they are.... Obituary: originally posted 13 March 2014 Bob Crow: A great fighter for the working class 1961-2014 Peter Taaffe, Socialist Party general secretary The Socialist Party is shocked and deeply saddened by the death of Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT). The outpouring of grief and solidarity in response to his death confirms the major impact he had as a trade union leader - undoubtedly one of the best known - for his steadfast approach to standing up for his members. Our thoughts are with his family. We also send solidarity to RMT members. Where the Evening Standard once tried to portray him as the 'most hated man in Britain', commuters interviewed on the news paid tribute to his principles in standing up for what he believed in, and for those who elected him. Westminster and town hall politicians can only dream of such a tribute. The RMT's February strike on London Underground was a beacon for workers suffering under Con-Dem austerity and fearing a precarious future. Every attempt was made to undermine the union and to ridicule Bob - but the strike had huge public support. The RMT took the battle to London Tory Mayor Boris Johnson, who has shown in his sick-making eulogy to Bob what depths of hypocrisy can be plunged. Even the most anti-union papers had to acknowledge that the union forced an utterly arrogant and intransigent Johnson to the negotiating table. That battle must be continued to a victory for the RMT against ticket office closures and job losses. Building resistence Bob's approach to building resistance was reflected in the RMT's founding of the National Shop Stewards Network (NSSN), giving trade unionists a powerful body in which to fight austerity and to build pressure on the TUC to call a 24-hour general strike, a campaign which Bob wholeheartedly backed. Bob had just agreed to attend this year's NSSN conference on 5 July as a key speaker. Under his leadership the RMT was a tireless defender of trade union rights, alongside the PCS and the POA prison officers' union. Bob Crow speaking at the NSSN's lobby of the TUC, 24.4.13 , photo N Cafferky Bob Crow speaking at the NSSN's lobby of the TUC, 24.4.13 , photo N Cafferky (Click to enlarge) Mirror columnist Kevin Maguire gave Bob a fitting tribute: "in an era of political bland, he was a trade union leader who would tell it how it is". This included on matters political. "Bob told me he favoured the formation of a new workers' party, I said he was doomed to fail." Kevin will be proved wrong and Bob Crow will be vindicated. But Bob didn't just talk about these things with journalists. Among RMT members and the working class he made the case for the building of a new mass workers' party. Bob was due to be the lead candidate for 'No2EU - Yes to workers' rights' in the 22 May European elections and was a co-founder and steering committee member of the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) since 2010. Under his leadership two RMT conferences voted for the union to fully participate in TUSC, alongside the Socialist Party and others. RMT members are among the workers and anti-cuts activists standing as council candidates in the biggest left-of-Labour challenge for generations. Socialism Bob Crow always defended socialism as the necessary alternative to the rotten capitalist system. We often shared a platform with him, and he spoke at our Socialist Party annual 'Socialism' events on a number of occasions - including last November - receiving many ovations for his tenacious stance. Among RMT members Bob had enormous respect and support for his uncompromising position of fighting in their interests, including fighting for renationalisation of the railways. When the RMT come to the democratic process of electing a new leader we hope they choose someone who will honour Bob's memory by being a fighter for the working class, including for the establishment of a new mass workers' party with TUSC as a first step, for socialism and for international solidarity, as Bob was. The affection for Bob Crow sums up the urge of the working class for a powerful, fighting leadership. It is fair to say that if the entire trade union leadership was made up of fighters like Bob, or like Mark Serwotka and the left socialist leadership in the PCS, and other lefts in the trade unions, the battle to stop the cuts and kick out the Con-Dems would be in a much advanced state. But in his passing, Bob Crow also reminds us of the strength of the British working class to produce such fighters. He will be greatly missed, but we will fight on. www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
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SocialistParty.SomersetBranch says...

freddie_mercury_unde
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Owl,

I guess we will all have to accept your bellicose ramblings as objective and well researched pieces of work then, rather than the utter cobblers that some would say they are.

As a little knowledge is said to be a dangerous thing, I guess you must be absolutely terrifying!
Spot on Freddie...Spot on!!

Keep up the good work with your 'undercover reporting'!

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[quote][p][bold]freddie_mercury_unde rcover_reporter[/bold] wrote: Owl, I guess we will all have to accept your bellicose ramblings as objective and well researched pieces of work then, rather than the utter cobblers that some would say they are. As a little knowledge is said to be a dangerous thing, I guess you must be absolutely terrifying![/p][/quote]Spot on Freddie...Spot on!! Keep up the good work with your 'undercover reporting'! www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty.SomersetBranch
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