As a young militant in the
1980s I met Peter Snape MP (now Lord Snape) at an annual conference
of my union, the Transport Salaried Staffs Association. He spoke on
transport policy and later in the evening I recognised him in the bar
and argued with him about Union and Labour Party policies. I remember
saying, emboldened by a couple of pints; "The trouble with
Labour MPs is that too many of them are in it for the money, and some of them
are actually corrupt. Of course, I don’t mean you personally."
He replied; "The trouble with
you is that you are obsessed with betrayal."
In the light of the recent
allegations in the Sunday Times and the resulting enquiry, I may have to
withdraw part of what I said. Readers are invited to guess
which part. No prize!