Len McCluskey adds context to his comments on MI5 posting the following in the Guardian Monday evening July 25, 2016.
"I think your readers are owed a bit of context behind the comments I made to Decca Aitkenhead when she interviewed me (23 July). I have been around long enough to see the 30-year rule reveal a few uncomfortable truths, including, as I mentioned to Ms Aitkenhead, that the chairman of my former union, the Transport and General Workers’ Union, had been found to be a paid state informant during the period of an important strike in the 1970s.
Consider, too, the long fights for truth and justice in this country, begun by many as young men and women which only see resolution decades later. In the blacklisting of hundreds of construction workers; in the fathering of children by undercover police officers; in the collusion of the police and the government in the denial of responsibility and the smearing of the innocent at Hillsborough, the state acted in secrecy and with malign intentions.
In the case of the misuse of police force against the miners at Orgreave and the jailing of the Shrewsbury 24, the fight to shine a light on reality goes on.
It is also a pity that my unequivocal condemnation of the threats and intimidation emerging as a sorry feature of present day political discourse did not find its way into the article.
7So while my comments to Ms Aitkenhead were a wry observation, not a direct allegation, as subsequent headlines claimed, when power and authority face challenge, as many will consider Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership does to the prevailing political and economic orthodoxy, they do not sit idle.
General secretary, Unite the union"
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