Let us be clear from the start. Support for Gerard Coyne’s campaign to lead Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union, Unite, has nothing to do with rescuing the union from a “clique” obsessed with “Westminster power games.” Nor are Coyne’s supporters concerned with better representing the interests of Unite’s 1.4 million members.
The driving force behind Coyne’s support is nothing less than an attack on Labour’s democratically elected leader Jeremy Corbyn. It is believed that by removing one of Corbyn’s closest and most powerful political allies, Len McCluskey, Corbyn can be further isolated.
If successful, this could help lay the groundwork for yet another coup attempt.
Coyne and his anti-Corbyn backers will deny this of course, but the evidence is overwhelming.
“Show me your friends, and I will show you who you are”
A lot can be learned about someone by their friends, and Coyne certainly has some disreputable supporters.
Throughout his mudslinging campaign, Coyne has relied heavily on the support of the Labour right. Indeed, the Tory organisations operating within the Labour Party – Labour First and Progress – have been actively campaigning on his behalf.
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