As the virtuous seven file out of Labour’s front door, a former Trotskyite hardliner from the Militant Tendency is welcomed back in. Whether by accident or design, the timing is turning stomachs amongst many Labour members.
Derek Hatton dominated Liverpool’s council in the 1980s and resisted Tory cuts by massively over spending on loans which it took 15 years for the city to repay. As a PR stunt he hired taxis to deliver redundancy notices to more than 30,000 workers in the city.
It’s worth reading chapter and verse on what he got up to (URl below). Hannah Jane Parkinson writes: “When the gardeners were called out on strike, they rebelled, fearing the impact on the flora. In an act of political revenge, and a mark of his character, Hatton sacked the gardeners and bulldozed the gardens. A famous banner held aloft in protests against the council at the time read: “Hitler only destroyed half of our city. Hatton tried for the lot.”
Neil Kinnock had the Militant tendency booted out of the Labour Party and Hatton was charged with corruption though he was acquitted. Then he flitted off to Cyprus to become a capitalist property developer, boasting about its low tax rates and his £60,000 car.
Born 17 January 1948 Liverpool, he’s an ambitious, money-minded Sun Capricorn; with an adventurous/opportunistic Jupiter opposition Uranus; a tough, unyielding Saturn Pluto in Leo. His Venus is in a none-too-sensitive opposition to Mars in Virgo. It’s a chart that needs a birth time to anchor it since nothing much fits together.
He once played King Rat in panto – and will ever remain so.