The People’s Assembly is often suspected of uncritical support for Britain’s trade union leadership.
It was outdone, however, by its younger sibling, the Student Assembly Against Austerity (9 November), in its relation to the Unite leadership.
On stage with Unite’s Steve Turner, Socialist Action’s Aaron Kiely lavished praised on the union for “saving jobs at the Grangemouth Refinery.”
Not joining shrill cries of “sell out!” is one thing; essentially painting up a crushing defeat as a victory is quite another.
This is, of course, the same Aaron Kiely who paid tribute to the police during the London riots for working “around the clock to restore law and order.” And the same Aaron Kiely who, as a Labour councillor in Thurrock, voted for a cuts budget in 2011.
That this charlatan can still parade himself as a “left” activist on platforms across the country is a joke, and a singularly unfunny one at that.