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Monday, September 26, 2005

Tony, Tony, Tony, out, out, out

How things change. Prior to 1997 coachloads of trade unionists used to travel down to Tory Party Conference to protest against the latest injustice being done to them by the Government of the day. Often these coach parties involved Labour MPs with a constituency or other interest.

Now that New Labour are in power such trips have been less frequent, but this year we have workers from the threatened Dara aircraft maintenance works at St Athan making the journey to Brighton to lobby for the future of their workplace. And lo and behold, Tory AM Alun Cairns wants to go along as well. Dara is situated in the constituency he is seeking to win at Parliamentary level (rather than his Assembly region). The problem is that Amicus have withdrawn his invitation to travel on the coach.

Alun is a resourceful chap and no doubt he will find his way to Brighton regardless. Let us hope that he does not forget those crucial votes in the Assembly this week. It is not going to be so easy to filibuster whilst he returns from the south coast as it was when he was making his way back from City Hall.
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