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14 February, 2008

Control the means of production

Plaid Cymru have been criticised for mentioning it, but it's worth remembering that by paying subscriptions to a trade union in the UK, it's rather likely you're funding the Labour Party.

This is one reason I've never been a member of a trade union, though the main one is my objection to collectivism. I specifically opted-out of the Students' Union, too, so I've obviously been opposed to unionism for at least half my life. No, longer; I remember the 1984 miners' strike.

However, one point I hadn't realised, and which Plaid have now publicised, is that one can send an exemption notice to one's union, instructing them not to forward the designated proportion of one's subscription to the Labour Party.

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