LNP Capitulates

For the last fifteen to twenty years Australia has been carpet bombed with hate and fear, ignorance, stupidity and prejudice by the obscene greed of Murdoch, the IPA, Howard, Abbott, Turnbull and the others who have sought to screw the poor to give to the rich as their sole objective. In spite of everything that has been thrown at the Australian peoples the penetration of the neo-lib ultra-greed has been low. Yes, there has been a rise in racial and ethnic hatred and vilification of the disadvantaged, we do have One Nation, but considering the amount of time, effort and money that has been poured into creating those conditions we should all now be living in the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max. But we are still here. We have survived. The Libs are now copying Labour in an attempt to cling to power, but they have done too much harm for too long for too many for that to work.

Yesterday’s Claytons Labour budget was still a neo-lib budget with all its the hidden inequalities and unjustifiable aspects. Turnbull/Morrison still rely on fear, internal security and defence as the backbone of their budget, but have capitulated by finally accepting in a limited fashion that the Australian people have a voice that has to be listened to. Not a great budget, but it does mark the beginning of the end for the horrible little people that currently call themselves the government front bench.

It is not time to relax. Now, more than ever it is time to push for Australia to re-establish itself in the world as a fair and progressive country with a belief in equality for all. Time to close the unthinkable horror of concentration camps. Time to stop judging people by their gender, their belief system or what they wear on their heads. Time to treat the disadvantaged with dignity and respect, and to end poverty in what is one of the richest countries of the world. Time to bury the extreme right under the same rock as Azazel never to be seen again until the day of judgment. Time to tell Murdoch that he cannot buy Australia, and Australia will be around long after he is dead, buried and forgotten.

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War with Indonesia: Rudd Copies Abbott Tactics

Kevin Rudd’s comments implying that Abbotts ‘Turning back the boats’ policy will lead to war with Indonesia has used the same tactics Abbott uses, and listen to the opposition squeal. Say something that is a lie but say it in a way that cannot be proved to be a lie and it will be believed.

In scientific terms, lie in a way that lacks the property of falseability. It cannot be proved untrue. But to many of the population not being able to prove it is untrue means it must be true.

Dirty, dirty tactics have no place in a democracy. But here we are with Abbott and Rudd facing off to see who can tell the most un-provable lies in a bid to lead the next government. No sign of any policies yet from either.

It is possible that by ‘out-Abbotting Abbott’ Rudd might lead to a Labour victory in the next election and to the end to Abbott, but for me it will be a bitter victory.

I want to see the Labour Party win the next on policies, not on who can be the biggest liar.

Fighting evil with evil only doubles the evil. If winning means becoming no better than the Liberal Party is it worth it?

In the mean while a good Prime Minister with policies that benefited ordinary Australian has her political life cut short long before the good she has, and could still have done comes to fruition. It is a dreadful waste of talent. There is also Greg Combet and others who are leaving before they have reached their full potential. Australia is the poorer for it.

I want to see the Labour Party win the next on policies, not by a contest to see who can be the biggest liar.

Rudd is not the Messiah. Just a very naughty boy

The more I think about the last few days the more I think that Labour has been conned by Murdoch.

This is what I see as happening. The polls say that Rudd brings Labour back to level with Liberals. But Abbott has been priming his supporters to say that Rudd is the best leader for labour. If you ask Abbott followers who would be the better Labour leader they would say Rudd. But were Labour voters asked?

Murdoch is a master at selective polling and what Kerry O’Brien referred to as Astro-Turfing (creating a false grass roots movement) in his ‘Race to the Bottom’ Wallace Wurth Memorial Lecture at The University of NSW. http://bit.ly/1cpfReU

Now that The Labour party has been conned into dumping the best leader that have had since WW2 let’s see what happens to the numbers. I think we will find that the numbers against Julia Gillard where manipulated down and the numbers for Rudd inflated. Rudd is a dead liability.

Rudd is not the Messiah, just a naughty little boy who went into the corner and stamped his foot and banged his head until he got his own way. Labour, never give in to a 2 year old brat throwing a temper tantrum.

Labour and the Unions need to get a divorce.

The trade unions are supposed to care about things like work conditions. It is a liability to that ideal to be aligned with a political party. Both Labour and the unions would be better off if they got a divorce.

There is nothing political about work conditions. Do you have to have socialist leanings to want our workforce to enjoy safe and rewarding conditions? I don’t think so. Our workforce is not divided across political lines.

The old days when the manual workforce being defined as poor Irish Catholics and Labour voters, and the owners of capital being defined as English Anglicans and conservative voters are long gone. But we continue to define politics along outdated ideals.

Having Trade Unions being seen political entities gets in the way of real discussions on work conditions. Sitting down to discuss work conditions with a group of Unionists who call each other ‘Comrade’ is unlikely bring positive results.

I am of the opinion that many (but never all) employers have a real interest in having good work conditions for their workforce. But militant union leaders who see everything in terms ‘them and us’ trash this accord.

And for the Labour Party it would also better off.

You do not have to be a trade union person coming up through the ranks to care about people. Again there is no reason why someone cannot own a business and care about people. There is no bar to a person in a position of privilege caring about those who are less fortunate.

The real problem is that our political structures create divides. They polarise the community. Some people care and some do not. That is how it is. But this is not across a wealth divide. You cannot say that being a member of a political party makes a person good or bad.

Trade Unions do not work at their best when everything is seen through a political prism. Issues like work choices does not have to be a political issue to trade unions. The membership wants work choices or they do not want work choices. Trades unions do not have to be aligned with a political party because that means that they might have to support a raft of issues that are not good for the workforce.

Being apolitical would serve trades better than dogmatic adherence to the party line. Already there is no correlation between the way workers vote and their membership of a Trade Union.

Similarly the Labour Party needs to be open to all who believe in democracy for all. I have never been a member of the Labour Party. Partly because I can never understand how an organization can operate with left factions, right factions, centre left factions, centre right factions and Marxist factions and the Micky Mouse Society. Come on please. You either believe in championing democracy or don’t. There is no such thing as selective democracy.

All the discussion on how many votes Bill Shorten bought to Rudd is an example of why Labour and the Trade Unions need to get a divorce. In a democracy Bill Shorten would have delivered Rudd one vote, but the union factions distorted reality.

I have a lot of time for Bill Shorten. I think he could offer so much more if he was not shackled to the Union factions. And the Trade unions could become more effective if they dropped political allegiances.

That’s my little spray for today. Trade unions need to stick to what they were formed for and are good at. The Labour party needs to stop being an extension of the Trade Union movement and become be a grouping of people who want to advance democracy for all.

Keeping the Faith. Labour leadership issues

The Mad Monk as Prime Minister of Australia is my worst nightmare.

There is only one way that I can see for Labour to recover is to return to keeping the faith. Labour needs to keep up the policies that are reforming Australia for the better and scrap the Abbott induced refugee policies in favour of a humanitarian approach. Just stick to good policy and ignore Abbott. Get the message across.

Labour is supposed to be the party of principle. Labour works well when it will stick to principal when faced with adversity. It can stare down Abbott if it finds some backbone.

Rudd blew principal when he blinked over carbon pricing. That was where labour lost me and it is only my total opposition to Abbott that keeps my intention to vote Labour strong. Rudd blinking was the point where Labour traded its principals for political expediency and lost its soul.

Where is a Labour leader who can return to Labour to being a party of principal? Not Rudd. Rudd is increasingly looking like a smiling pleasant version of Abbott; addicted to power at any price. Julia Gillard has generally done a good job but lost many supporters when she changed her policy on asylum seekers.

If anything showed a willingness to dump principle for politicking it was the change in policy in caring for those who need our help.

There are several potential leaders in the Labour cabinet. Gillard and Rudd have both passed their use-by date. My preference for leader would be Tanya Plibersek, but whoever is to lead Labour into the next election it has to be sorted out now along with a return to principal.