Psst, pass it on!
Len McCluskey of Unite has a smaller 'mandate' than Dave Prentis of Unison see post dated 14 September 2011 - People in Glass Houses
Dave has a big whopper of a mandate compared to Len anyway and depending on how you count the votes.
But Dave's 11.2% puts Len's 6.8% completely in the shade and here's a earlier post from November 2010 which explains why.
Now I don't think that size really matters unless people go around making complete dicks of themselves by saying that they've got a bigger mandate than anyone else.
"Election Mandates (24 November 2010)"
Len McCluskey election as the new leader of Unite has prompted lots of Guardian readers to comment on the newspaper's web site.
Most people registering a view are rightly unimpressed at the poor turnout.
Less than 16% of the union's membership participated in the ballot which does raise serious questions about trade union democracy.
If 84% of the electorate cannot be bothered to vote something is clearly wrong and union leaders should do more than just shrug their shoulders and move on.
Some commentators also attack Len McCluskey, on a personal level, which is clearly rather unfair.
Len has still been elected after all he just needs to avoid getting too carried away.
Because any over the top attack on the government and its mandate to govern will sound completely ridiculous.
From a union leader elected with the backing of only 6.8% of Unite's 1.5 million members.