Well, “Mr Political Commentator” … you seem to be an “insider” and much more than myself, have your “finger on the pulse” of political machinations … and sure, if we are going to play the cards for “winning the election game” then I don’t doubt you have a better handle on the chances we face. And sure, again, I would think Malcolm Turnbull is well informed on his chances too … but … that’s another story to the one I’m living.
The story I have lived and I KNOW many like myself have lived, is one dictated by “weights and measures”. Weights as in physical labour and measures as in time itself and distance.
When one has to rise in the morning, every morning at some ungodly hour and commit to the required work hours in a day and hoik that bale and heave the tonnage of materials to construct the world around one self, you have to have a belief that you are doing it for more than just a personal interest; you have to have friends – ”mates”, if you like – to share the burden. You have to have “family” … that feeling that we are all in this together … hence, the disgust at the possibility that someone could “scab” on his work-mates. For to relinquish one’s share of the workload is to place the burden on the shoulders of another. We All know the scorn that deserves … especially in the working world.
So in a working world built both physically and philosophically on the unanimous ideal of each carrying and doing their share of the load, the reliance on those you would trust to carry their share of the burden of social responsibility is paramount … to undermine the crew, is to place more work upon the crew … in my world of weights and measures a sin unfathomable and unforgivable. But to betray the whole collective for self-enrichment is abominable!
When every person greets another in the street, in the shop or in the bar, one has to feel they can look that stranger in the eye as an equal … especially in the world of working people … especially in the shop-floor fraternity.
Many here are Labor. Labor is for the social collective … Labor is our representative of determination, fairness, equality and justice … this current government has, in my opinion, delivered none of these things. Just as I rely on honest fellow workers to help me build that house, so do we rely on honest fellow representatives to build our national governance.
In the world I lived and worked in, you couldn’t skite around the physical reality of what was expected of you without, perhaps, getting a swift kick up the lazy backside … A tonne of mullock to be shifted is a tonne regardless, and hour of work to be done is an hour OF work and a mile can be a bloody long way! You cannot talk your way around any of it. What has to be done for the job to be completed HAS to be done … you cannot fake the shifting of it and to say you will do it and then shirk it, makes, in any understanding of the word; a liar of yourself! And don’t we ALL despise devious liars.
And let’s face it; we now have a government of uncooperative, incompetent, unworkable numb-skulls in suits who are bringing our nation, our culture, our self-esteem into global disrepute. The professional intellectual class, the so-called private college educated elite have lost the capacity to see any future that would elevate the entire collective of our society into more equally-shared prosperity. They just do not have that capacity, they now only represent greed and cruelty.
On the other hand, if we seek answers in the lower-classes of the half-educated bogan element of the masses, looking to them to give answers to a solution for a fair and balanced multi-cultural mix of ethnicities, you are only going to find such a mediocre bunch of bigoted, cruel arseholes that would make Torquemada wince in disgust … For it must be accepted, it is that particular bogan swill that gives the voting “leg-up” to the idiot sons of the upper middle-classes … seeking, mistakenly, representation that would give vent to their populist anger..a renewal of the old Roman “Bread and Circuses” when in reality there is not a snowball’s chance in HELL. Having contracted in building work for so many wealthy people, both inherited wealth and the nouveau riche, I can claim with a great deal of certainty that having once gained their lucre, be it by hook or by crook, there is NO keenness to share their “good fortune” … with even their own kin, much less the great unwashed. It is why they seek luxury residence as far away from the bogan suburbs as possible.
So there has to be middle-ground that can foresee a direction in future development and social change, and at the same time have a firm hand on the capacity of the treasury to keep the red side of the ledger respectable while distributing the collective pool of accrued sovereign wealth where it is most required.
In short, I firmly believe the nation needs now, more than ever, for the steering of the ship of state to be torn from the delinquent hands of the “educated to imbecility” upper middle-classes, and the “state of opinion” to be quietened amongst the feral bogan-classes and placed rightfully in the safe hands of those who have past inheritance of solid working class roots, coupled with sound education to tertiary level capability. Giive it a name and I would call them the “higher educated/intellectual working class” …
We already have many such in the left-wing political sphere … many from very humble backgrounds who have shown level-headed leadership in either Labor, the Greens or as an independent. The union movement too has such qualified people in spades … Let us take advantage of this pool of skilled labour and turn our politics around from a kind of renegade plundering by a buffoonery of stuffed shirts of the self-opinionated “Lesser Aristocracy” to a well-managed shop-floor of a smooth operating factory.
There is but one flaw in the “ointment” of my proposal and that is how to curtail the subconscious hunger of the need for aspiring greed in random individuals even in the working classes. This may require a cultural change from having material wealth as the only recognition of a successful life, even seeing the accumulation and ostentatious display as a weakness of personality worthy only of disdain – which, I might observe, is already an opinion of many fair minded people -and with the introduction of a universal living wage to ALL citizens, allowing even the most humble to rise to a position of a respectable and decency of lifestyle. There are many, and I will include myself in this, who do not seek notoriety nor even minor riches … for as the Greek saying has it: “Every key is a worry”. And I have seen those with many keys who do nothing but worry!
“I have a dream … ”