In his speech to Unison conference yesterday, General Secretary David Prentis included a little dig at recently knighted GMB General Secretary Paul Kenny:
“On the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, when, I’m told, power was taken from the King and given to the barons, we’re now being told that we have to call Paul Kenny “sir”. Well what else is new?”
A good gag, and no principled trade unionist would have a problem with criticising a trade union leader for taking an honour from the enemy. However, there is more than a whiff of hypocrisy in Dave’s jibe. We have been informed that his own position as Governor of the Bank of England is now to be extended until 2017.
Keep up the good work Dave.