Sunday 9 April 2017
1 I was alarmed to read yesterday that there was an internal struggle within Labor over its approach to inequality and other policies leading up to the next election.
At the moment Labor are benefiting from the public’s opinion of what is a deplorable government but with two years to go anything can happen. It’s easy for an opposition to lay back and let the consequences of bad governance take its course. Labor is effectively in cruise control post-election thanks to a Government almost on its knees. But being proactive is far better than reacting to daily issues, and more effective.
Positive polls are a reflection of a party without division, in permanent campaign mode unified with a common purpose. Labor cannot afford to lose sight of the many challenges confronting it to attain government.
But behind the everyday machinations of government as Labor begins the always challenging task of recalibrating key policies there are signs of decent.
Labor must not lose sight of the turbulence that exists in politics, worldwide. People are protesting that they are being left out. That they no longer have a say in their future. There is a dissatisfaction with mainstream politics. In their naivety communities are turning to the very people who have no interest in helping them.
There are those on the party’s left who believe in a more robust approach to inequality. Although on the right former Treasurer Wayne Swan is leading a chorus of voices in favour of a more aggressive one.
The contentious issue seems to centre around what’s known as the ”Buffett rule” where high income earners would pay a minimum rate of tax.
Creating a more equitable society will not be an easy task. There are a multitude of issues like the future of work for example that will need to be addressed. The Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen is on the “No Buffett tax” side and is adamant that it will not be on the party’s platform.
Whatever the outcome it is to be hoped that the Labor movement brings together a bit of the old Labor fire in the belly campaigning.
”From each according to his ability to each according to his needs”
If Labor cannot command the electorate’s attention on inequality and fairness then it doesn’t deserve to govern. The ACTU under the leadership of Sally McManus seems to be intent on taking advantage of a growing anger with what is seen as tax rorts by the rich and privileged. It may in fact be the catalyst that brings home those who have left the party and gone to the Greens or otherwise have joined the three million who have dropped out altogether.
2 Speaking of fairness, the man who knows not when to close his mouth was at it again yesterday, defending himself against the Robb Report’s conclusion that the party was “policy underdone” when it came to power. Something that I have been saying for many years. He believed that so long as the conservatives were in power that alone was a sure-fire answer to all the country’s ills.
“I’m happy to stand behind the 2014 budget,” Abbott told 2GB. “It was obviously a budget that was sabotaged in the Senate but it was a budget of sustained structural reform.”
”Had those measures passed through the Senate, our budgetary position would be vastly better, our future I think would be much more secure because we would be living within our means.”
The mind of a silver spooned capricious fool like Abbott, lacking any understanding of the word altruism, would I think be prevented by his own narcissistic qualities in admitting that his 2014 budget was condemned universally as the most unfair ever.
3 ”The one thing that is clear about our current situation is the trajectory. We have lost 30 Newspolls in a row. It is clear that the people have made up their mind about Mr Abbott’s leadership,”
Are you absolutely sure that the quote above was said by Prime Minister Turnbull.
“When I challenged Tony Abbott, I referred to the fact that he had lost 30 Newspolls in a row. That was not the only basis for my mounting a challenge, I made a number of other points.”
He is being asked the very reasonable question of what should take place when and if he reaches 30.
Mr Dutton, considered a potential future leader from the party’s right, agreed 30 bad Newspolls in a row would present a legitimate trigger for leadership challenge.
You see now he is saying that what I thought he said is only a figment of my imagination. That what I think I thought he meant is not what he meant at all. That when he says something and I take it to mean one thing he has the option of saying that what I thought I heard was not what I heard at all. It was only my interpretation of what he meant. I mean, did he say what he meant or did he mean to say what he meant or was what he meant really what he meant.
I know that I am 76 and I have the odd senior moment but usually I know what I mean and what is meant by what I say. I also know that people understand what I’m meaning.
My thought for the day.
“Bullshitting is bad enough but when someone believes their own, that is intellectual dishonesty”
PS: I will be taking a short break leading up to Easter.