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A committed trade unionist of more than 30 years standing, Dave has always been in at the sharp end, defending his members against attacks on their pay and conditions.

His sense of fair play, compassion, and his strong work ethic, were honed in the streets of Leeds where he was born and brought up.

Prentis speaks softly, rarely expresses an opinion that is not strictly related to his job, and his slight physical stature is testimony to the fact that he eats sparingly.

His total salary and benefits in 2010 came to just over £101,000, plus £32,818 paid into his pension pot.

So this frugally-living Union boss is well placed, having such a sense of fair play and compassion, to apologise for aiming a sneer at a young Lady who cannot answer back for herself.

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2 thoughts on “tell me of your friends….

  1. Give him a few years and he’ll be up for a peerage. hobnobbing with the great and powerful.
    Union leaders are the worst form of working man. Bitter, envious and full of inverted snobbery.

  2. I do love irony, especially the when it rears it head in the most unlikely of places.

    Here we have a ‘Union’ mmeting where the faithful gather to muster strength for yet another assault on the economy, – and, as ever, their only strength rests in their threat of ‘economic terrorism’, i.e. strike action.

    At the weekend we also had another sort of ‘Union meeting’, the G8 summit, – and I could say the same about this one as about the one in the above paragraph – ‘where the faithful gather to muster strength for yet another assault on the economy,’ – only this time its the global eonomy.

    So just where is the irony? well the aim of both is to increase power and revenues for the members. The first, by threats of strike action, and the pretence that its use would benefit ‘the working class’.

    The second also by threats of ‘strike action’, but of a different kind, the militaristic kind, and with a vaguely similar promise that it would also benefit the ordinary folk i.e the ME version of ‘the working class’.

    Perhaps you think my idea of irony a tad tenuous, well we there is more. Take all this fuss about corporate tax manipulation, – none of which is illegal, by-the-way.

    Numerous small countries with few resources other than some pleasant office space, hit on the idea of setting up as ‘tax havens’, where corporate entities would still pay tax on profits, but at a smaller percentage than in the major cities of the world.

    They, (the havens), made the best use of what few resources they had, it provided cash flow where none previously existed and enabled a more civilised standard of living than would otherwise have been the case, and certainly a better way helping a third world country to be self suficient than just dishing out cash, loosely described as ‘aid’.

    The tax authorities in the major countries were not pleased at all, and so they stamped their little feet and spread stories of ‘an absence of morality’, – (and that is an irony in itself), – in those that availed themselves of the off-shore facilities.

    My point is that in a supposedly capitalist, global free market arena, competition in the ‘service sector’ is price sensitive, and if the ‘big boys’ wanted to compete with the ‘little guys’, then shouldn’t they just lower their prices? i.e just cut their corporation taxes to a more competitive level?

    After all ‘the big boys’ compete on this basis with the other ‘big boys’ why not with the ‘little guys’? Is cutting taxes really so painful? it must be a better idea than bullying the smaller competition into submission and the subsequent consequences of having them go out of business.

    To sum up the irony – Unions or government groups have much in common, and both employ the tactics of intimidation, albeit in different guises, to get their own way.

    p.s This item posted in the current absence of material for the perusal by those who miss the usual fare.

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