Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Letting the cat out of the bag

"Four union activists have been branded racist for using a pamphlet with a three wise monkeys cartoon.

"The four said they published the 'hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil' illus­tration to lampoon union leaders who 'refused to listen' to members.

"But union bosses said the image was directed at a black committee member.

"Glenn Kelly, a member of Unison's nat­ional executive council, is one of the branch officers facing a disciplinary hearing for publishing the cartoon.

"Mr Kelly, who is secretary of Bromley Unison in south-east London, said: 'It's an appalling misuse of a serious issue of fighting racism. 'It's an attempt to silence those, like myself, who say some of the leaders have got too cosy with New Labour.' "

An appalling misuse of the issue of racism? Misuse? What there are uses for racism? I wonder what they might be, from the point of view of a trade union activist...

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