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UNITE: Howard Beckett Stands Aside for Steve Turner.

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Skwawky sourly notes, after this ambiguous statement,

Howard Beckett has sacrificed himself for the sake of the cause by dropping out of the Unite leadership contest. Skwawkbox thanks him for the hope he brought.

This site is not telling anyone to back any other candidate. Many will simply not vote, now that the candidate they believed in will not be on the ballot paper. Machine politics carries no inspiration and this is a dark day for the movement.

A graceless response from one of those who have tried to pille ordure over Steve Turner.

Written by Andrew Coates

June 18, 2021 at 11:15 am

Posted in Labour Movement, Labour Party

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  1. Skwawky carries this announcement in a funereal melange of black and grey. BUT as all too often with this site when it comes to Beckett matters, no space is opened to posters on a BTL facility.

    David Walsh

    June 18, 2021 at 12:22 pm

  2. And whilst it is clear and welcome now where the left needs to put its support, let’s remember the gloves will be off from the rabid right; 1st ‘Red Scare” reaction from @gerard_coyne to the ‘stitch-up’ that leaves him, @SteveT_Unite and @UniteSharon in the race. “We now have a Communist Party candidate, a Socialist Worker Party candidate and myself in the Unite election. I’m happy to be the mainstream candidate for the members”

    David Walsh

    June 18, 2021 at 12:34 pm

    • Beckett is still ranting against Labour:

      Andrew Coates

      June 18, 2021 at 1:27 pm

    • I somehow suspect that since that Gerard Coyne posted that comment, a letter from lawyers for one or both of the other contenders was sent to a fellow lawyer. His amended tweet now reads; “There are now two hard-left candidates still in the Unite election, one backed by the Communist Party (Steve Turner) and one backed by the Socialist Worker Party and Militant (Sharon Graham). Sign up to put the focus back on jobs, pay and conditions.” A bit late in the day – the original one had already been re-posted around the world that is the UK Labour Movement.

      David Walsh

      June 18, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      • The main contenders suing each other is a sure sign of healthy internal culture.


        June 18, 2021 at 8:28 pm

  3. No surprise that Skwawkbollox is not allowing btl comments on this, given what they’ve said about Turner in the past and their portrayal of Beckett as the only truly left candidate. A lt of the site’s more gullible followers must now be feeling utterly betrayed. Perhaps they’ll try to suggest that Becket was bullied into standing down – but if so, what does that say about the calibre of this supposedly “tough” negotiator?

    But I do like the Skwawkbollox statement that in an almost saintly act of martyrdom “Howard Beckett has sacrificed himself for the sake of the cause”!

    Jim Denham

    June 18, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    • It is bleeding obvious that Skwawky is mourning the loss of his cash life-line, whatever way the election turns out.

      Yes, he has sacrificed Skwawkbox, his true and faithful servant.

      Andrew Coates

      June 18, 2021 at 3:05 pm

  4. Sharon Graham needs to drop out now. She is backed by the Socialist Worker FFS ! That is the electoral kiss-of-death. Their penchant for backing losers is legendary.


    June 18, 2021 at 5:05 pm

  5. Andrew Coates

    June 18, 2021 at 6:30 pm

  6. Skwakie has just announced – under licence from the Beckett camp I assume – that the Wirral Working Class Hero has launched a new website and movement called “Ordinary Left”. Strange name. Their Facebook page is at present empty, but I guess it will soon become yet another conduit for bile filled rhetoric simply assisting and reinforcing Tory hegemony by its pointless divisiveness. See Steve Walker’s organ on; https://skwawkbox.org/2021/06/18/beckett-grassroots-form-new-working-class-pro-democracy-movement-against-union-machine-politics/

    David Walsh

    June 18, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    • “Ordinary” in the sense of “completely uninteresting”@gmail.com

      Jim Denham

      June 19, 2021 at 3:18 pm

  7. Beckett first offered a deal to Graham: If he pulls out of the contest and endorses her, then, if she is elected GS, she will give him overall responsibility for Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Being a lawyer by profession, he had even put the deal in writing: Just sign on the dotted line.

    Graham said ‘No’.

    Beckett then offered the same deal to Turner. Turner said ‘Yes’.

    Jim Denham

    June 19, 2021 at 11:18 pm

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