…from the quill of Antisthenes
The woman either does not know the history of her side of the politics, or alternatively, she is exceedingly brave. She could be, after all she is nee Koukouvakis. Hopefully, for her own sake she would recall from her reading of the history of the proletarian movement that at one time Ernst Thälmann, the leader of the KPD (Communist Party of Germany) was practically unanimously (one abstention) voted out of the Central Committee because he attempted to cover up the embezzlement of the Party funds by his brother-in-law. Stalin, through the Comintern, intervened and loyal comrade Ernst was reinstated. In due course, Thälmann’s opponents started disappearing.
Ms Kathy Jackson is the National Secretary of the Health Services Union of Australia (HSU) , (approx. 70,000 members) and also the Vice-President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). In May 2008, on the eve of a conference where “historic plans to sever Labor’s financial ties with the union movement by reforming laws on political donations” were to be discussed, she said, “Without restrictions on donations and public funding … we’ll end up like United States with two parties owned by corporations divided only on life style issues like gay marriage.” (The Australian, 30-5-2008.) Brave words for a senior unionist, but empty.
Last month she blew a whistle on the former National Secretary of her Union, Craig Thomson, who is now a member of the federal Labor government. She alleged that Mr Thomson used his Union issued credit card for private purposes, including services of prostitutes. The amount is meagre $100,000 plus. Nothing new under the sun, but a Labor Member of Parliament is vital to the Labor minority government and as such Mr Thomson can not be allowed to resign. (He got a day off to watch his wife giving birth.) Now the similar and worse allegations were made against Mr Michael Williamson, who is the president of HSU, the second highest capo in NSW Labor Party and the immediate past national president of ALP . By now he may have resigned some of his positions. Luckily, his daughter Alexandra still works on the Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s staff. Both Victorian and NSW police are investigating.
Loyal comrades do not like what Kathy Jackson has done to the workers. Somebody left a shovel outside her home – trade unionists’ equivalent of Mafiosi dead fish. She, unwisely, refused police protection and is now in a psychiatric hospital, perhaps safer and certainly less moronic environment than her secretariat. Time will tell whether much changed amongst the comrades since 1928.
In accordance with and paying a keyboard service to the current Australian pre-emptively soiled pants journalistic practice* I state that Ernst Thälmann , his brother-in-law, Stalin, Julia Gillard, Bruce Wilson, Craig Thomson and for all I know probably all apparatchiks of ALP denied any wrongdoings.
(*/ The practice does not apply to the journalists of the Left persuasion, of course. No Human Rights Commissar would dare to touch them. Did I manage to hint that I am almost a Macedonian? Column: At least our Macedonians are free – News.com.au News Blog )
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