The Labour Party Conference is not all hot air and plaudits for leader Tony Blair.
Just hours after the conference backed a crackdown on crime, a delegate for shopworkers’ union Usdaw had his lip split open as he tried to break up a street brawl. Byron Merret, who works for Terry Suchard in South Wales, was returning to his Brighton hotel when he saw a young man shouting abuse at two executives of United Utilities, who were also in town for the conference.
Perhaps the young chap was angry about his water bill? Or maybe he was unhappy with United’s level of customer service? Either way, when Merret tried to intervene, the young yob turned on him with a swift head-butt, splitting his lip. “It just shows how easy it is for innocent people to fall foul of mindless thugs in the street,” Merret told magazine “Usdaw Today”.
Now, is that any way to talk about those kind providers of energy and water that work for United Utilities?