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Red Len and Ricky say 'Austerity - my arse'

Rebel rant by Unite leader McCluskey at Adelphi

Published on October 9th 2012.

Red Len and Ricky say 'Austerity - my arse'

THERE is nothing austere about the price of an Adelphi breakfast - as Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite, might be about to find out this Friday morning when he's fishing around for £11.50 in order to be granted access to the marmalade tureen. 

AusterityAusterity, however is definitely on the menu the night before when the faded grandeur of the Ranelagh Place hotel becomes the setting for “Austerity – My Arse”. 

This is a “rebel rant”, a lecture with table banging, maybe, being conducted by the Liverpool-born trade unionist and hosted by... well, the clue is in the title.

On the agenda are questions like Who is Austerity Britain for? Is it Us and not “Them” - the bankers and the millionaires? 

Latest evidence from Chancellor George “Divide and Rule” Osbourne would seem to show the former as the have-nots await another good kicking from the Eton boy. 

McCluskey will also ask: “Can the Coalition turn it round or are we all con-demned to spend the next ten years back in Orwell’s Britain of the 1930s?” 

Adelphi LiverpoolAdelphi Liverpool“Red Len” has been an active trade unionist since his first job on the docks in the 1960s. He was elected General Secretary of Unite in 2010, promising to “campaign against the devastation the Government is unleashing against working people and their communities throughout the land”.

He is also on a mission to harvest crowds for the TUC’s anti-austerity demo in London on October 20. 

McCluskey will be introduced by Ricky Tomlinson, who is no stranger to a political joust, and the whole thing is being promoted by the Writing On The Wall people. 

And is the Full English (pictured) worth that £11.50? Well, as Jim Royle might say...

“Austerity – My Arse”, Thursday October 11, 2012, 7.30pm, The Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, L3 5UL. Tickets £8/£5 concessions available from: The Philharmonic Hall box office, Hope Street, L1 9BP or onlineTel: 0151 709 3789.

Adelphi Hotel Breakfast

From the vaults: Review of the Adelphi's Cromptons restaurant here

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9 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2012.

Are they taking the p*ss?

Madeline HeneghanOctober 9th 2012.

I don’t think Len will be fishing around for £11.50 for breakfast because he’s not staying in the Adelphi. It would appear that conference room hire at the hotel is a lot better value for money than a full English. It seems like you were stung. Next time try the little cafe behind the Adelphi, near the taxi rank – not such grand surroundings but I can personally recommend their bacon and egg toasty.

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Forewarned is forearmedOctober 9th 2012.

In that case, he's a wise man

Liverpool WagOctober 9th 2012.

If I were advising Red Len on where to have breakfast, I would send him to The Brink dry bar on Parr Street.

They serve a stupendous ciabatta BLT for £3.75, not to mention a huge full English for £4.75, a fraction of what the Adelphi charge and a thousand times better

Just the thing after a night on the tiles.

If I wasn't such a heavy drinker I'd be in there all the time.

AnonymousOctober 10th 2012.

Due to the government cut backs, I am unable to afford the £8.00 to go and see this. So I suppose that's one thing for which I should thank the coalition.

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Iain ScottOctober 12th 2012.


AnonymousOctober 10th 2012.

I was about to suggest that der Lads go to one of those bars where drinks are served with a hint of liquid nitrogen. What happened to the days when meetings of this sort were held on the steps of St Juds?

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Lord StreetOctober 17th 2012.

The Stadium, surely?

Lord StreetOctober 17th 2012.

See you in that London, chumrades!

I'm popping down to shake a righteous, honest fist at the loathsome, incompetent slugs for whom no-one voted.

I believe that the Metropolitan Police do excellent breakfasts for law-abiding citizens going about their peasceful, legal rights of expression which are prepared in special 'kettles'.

I shall send in a review!

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