...CAN I PLEASE HAVE A JOB?I'm not going to be getting into the rights and wrongs of an English railway company's policy in transferring responsibility for the opening and closing of doors on their trains, becasue frankly I don't know enough about how they operate to make an informed decision on safety, or on the likelihood of the guards being paid off, or having their hourly rate reduced, because of lower levels of responsibility.
But I really never thought to see a Labour man encourage the Tories to crush the unions, unless of course he thought that in highlighting the problem he could perhaps encourage some votes for Mr Corbyn to transfer to the right winger Owen Whatsit.
I wonder what McTernan does for a living these days.
I know he was employed by Jim Murphy in the run up to, and the duration of, his extremely brief period as leader of the Scottish branch office. What happened when Murphy was, shall we say, less than successful in that role, is unclear, but McTernan seemed to be persona non grata at the court of Kez. And who could wonder at that...she didn't have 40 seats to lose. (Although even without McTernan's help she managed to lose 13!)
He now writes a column for the mad twins at the Daily Telegraph, but we suspect that that would hardly keep body and soul together. Private Eye reported that the remuneration for his ex-colleague, "Bomber" Tom Harris, doing exactly the same job, was as little as £20,000.
He is also an "associate" of this organisation!
But who knows. Maybe McTeacake has desires to return to the front line. And why not the Tory Party? After all he can be credited with a few massive coups for them already as Scottish Labour will testify.
And... While describing himself as a "socialist", McTernan has expressed an extensive range of views inimical to traditional Labour ideology, such as advocating privatisation of the NHS and London Underground, calling for the widespread closure of libraries, opposing the Living Wage, demanding a third invasion of Iraq and opposing renationalisation of railways, despite those positions being contrary to official party policy). In 2015 the left-wing Labour MSP Neil Findlay accused McTernan of being willing to "say anything in the media for money"