Men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name. (William Morris - A Dream of John Ball)

Friday, November 13, 2015

It's all gone quiet over there?

When the world was young, in early 2010, the (then fairly new) UNISON Active blog (written by and for UNISON activists)(though mostly ano‎nymously) was full of posts promoting the candidacy of incumbent General Secretary, Dave Prentis (then seeking his third term, having agreed to face an election he could lawfully have avoided given his proximity to retirement age).

Now, however, a reader of that blog would not know there was an election. They would certainly not be encouraged to support a fourth Prentis term.

Dave's regrettable decision not to plan for succession - and therefore to seek a fourth term without the backing of those who first promoted him (some of whom he subsequently promoted) - has led to an election in which the decline in support for the incumbent General Secretary is all too clear.

Dave's much reduced campaign team can this time barely manage to sustain a poorly written and unoriginal anonymous wordpress blog with which to smear opponents. 

UNISON needs, now more than ever, the energy and vision of the new approach offered by rank and file left candidate John Burgess.

I wonder if the writers over at UNISON Active agree?

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