PCS says “multicultural crap” tweet betrays true face of Tory anti-union brigade
A union has said Aidan Burley is not fit for office after the Tory MP described the Olympic opening ceremony as “multicultural crap”.
Burley, who is better known to UnionNews readers as the man leading the campaign to remove facility time for reps and for leading the charge for regional pay, hit the headlines at the turn of the year when he was sacked as a Parliamentary private secretary for attending a Nazi-themed stag party.
He was back in the news at the weekend after tweeting his views of the Olympic opening ceremony. While the show received positive reviews across the board, the Cannock Chase MP angrily tweeted:
“The most leftie opening ceremony I have ever seen – more than Beijing, the capital of a communist state! Welfare tribute next?”
He followed that up with: “Thank God the athletes have arrived! Now we can move on from leftie multi-cultural crap. Bring back red arrows, Shakespeare and the Stones!”
As criticism began, he rapidly attempted to back-track, tweeting: “Seems my tweet has been misunderstood. I was talking about the way it was handled in the show, not multiculturalism itself.”
But the belated apology was not enough to prevent him being disowned by Downing Street, which released a statement saying: “We do not agree with him”.
PCS, however, was more forthright, saying: “This is the true face of the Tory anti-union brigade, and it’s truly repulsive. While unions exist to bring people together and protect the vulnerable, people like Aidan Burley only want to divide us, and this outburst lays bare his opposition to everything we stand for.
“Clearly he has no respect for cultures other than how own, and not only is he not fit to criticise our hard-working reps, he’s not fit for office.”
A union source also said: “There’s a delicious irony in the fact Burley was so vocal about sacking our members if they went on strike ahead of the ceremony, then he obviously hated every minute of it.”
You can read a UnionNews investigation into Burley’s work as chair of the anti-trade union Trade Union Reform Campaign here.
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