Less than a week after the so-called Trade Union Reform Campaign (TURC) launched to a less than packed room in the Palace of Westminster, the wheels are starting to come off the wagon: their star guest turns out not to have been intending to endorse their campaign, and just happened to be passing and partial to a free beer. And we now know who really runs the TURC operation.
The TURC Twitter feed proudly announced on the afternoon of January 25 that former Yorkshire and England cricketer Darren Gough “joined us for the launch”. The website even had a photo showing Goughie with his visitor’s pass in mid-beer. But the leering expression on the face of Aidan Burley suggests he is just a little too happy at this particular photo opportunity.
Nevertheless, the flannelled fool Henry Cole showed his approval by re-Tweeting the news. In fact, he managed to pick out the Tweet, add a comment and send it on its way within one minute. And that tells us one thing: Cole is not only the TURC beer monitor, he’s also in charge of the Twitter feed. So, far from being a “Parliamentary Liaison Officer”, he’s running the campaign.
No doubt there will be a suitable riposte from another of those anonymous commenters who are not Cole, yet use his style, to rubbish my analysis. When they don’t get a 100% agreement with their proposition, there will then follow an immediate stream of abuse and accusations, but it will not be Cole doing it. I know this because he has told me so (cue hollow laughter).
But what of Goughie? As can be seen, he had turned up to meet a friend and “didn’t even know what was going on”. He then emphasised that he was “visiting a friend as it finished”. In the meantime, he had been informed that TURC was using his presence as part of its publicity, and had confirmed that he would be in touch with them. There has (predictably) been no comment from TURC.
And this should come as no surprise to anyone, given Cole’s track record: TURC’s own photos show around 35 at the meeting, despite all the bluster claiming that there were at one stage 80 or more. There was, as I noted at the time, only one article about the launch published after the event. And now it’s becoming clear that their claim that Darren Gough “joined us for the launch” is sheer deception.
But at least the flannelled fool Henry Cole has let slip just who is running the show. It can’t be a comfortable life to keep opening your mouth and putting your foot in it, but it’s the kind of job that someone has to do. Well volunteered, Hen.