…from the quill of Antisthenes
Some commentators are getting their knickers in a twist because Julia “there-won’t- be-any-carbon-tax” Gillard does not like her Greens anymore. Our Temporary Prime Minister, worldwide famous for her steadfast integrity, apparently changed a political course and is doing things which may annoy the Green Party rank and file. Even normally astute Janet Albrechsen seems to believe that Julia Mk XXIV (or whatever) is genuine. I say seems, because I trust that Ms Albrechsen is too smart to be taken in by so transparent and absurd theatre. Andrew Bolt is in the same category; too experienced to say exactly what he thinks so as not to give comfort to opponents. This cannot be said about practically all the rest of the solidly socialist commentariat.
The assumption that Federal Labor does not need the Greens to help them to rule is incorrect. True, there was no need to enter into a formal agreement with Brown’s less than magnificent ten (one in the House of Representatives and nine in the Senate) as Adam Bandt* in the lower house would be unlikely ever to vote with LibNats and could be relied on to support any necessary legislation leading to the economic (and perhaps military) castration of Australia. However, the ALP has no hope of winning any non-rigged elections** without the Greens’ willing assistance. A coalition of the willing vile villains, if you please, and forgive a playful alliteration.
I suspect that Bob Brown got permission from the Milne/Rhiannon at all coven to concoct a short phony war with the Australian Labor Party so that the poll figures improve, Julia looks decisive, Kevin looks weak and the media can rejoice in an apparent spontaneous revival of socialist ideology. In other words, our Julia is out gillarding again, perhaps hoping that prior to the next federal elections the remaining journalists would be sufficiently cowed by the Brown inquisition into the not-fully compliant media. It will not be long before the socialist factions, differing only in tactics and tactically campaigning under different labels, will make up and kiss, the temporary trick being forgotten. Lenin, a long time ago, taught them to deceive and the web is not really that tangled***. If we have an election i.e. if our masters decline to follow the euro-precedent, it will remain to be seen whether the people who have to live with the consequences of their wrong choice would exhibit the same naïveté as those who make their living out of them.
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*/ Ex-partner in Slater & Gordon, a solid Left of the centre enormous legal firm, founded in Melbourne in 1935 by a Labor politician William Slater. Julia Gillard is Bandt’s former colleague. The thesis for his fresh PhD in law and politics was “Work to Rule: Rethinking Marx, Pashukanis**** and Law“. Bandt was a student activist and member of the Left Alliance. At that time he has been quoted as calling the Greens a “bourgeois party”. He was president of the student union and an active campaigner for higher living allowances for students and free education. From 1987 to 1989, he was a member of the Labor Party. And if Wikipedia is to be believed, his partner is Claudia Perkins, a former Labor staffer. In July this year, as so many other struggling planet savers, he purchased an $800,000 eco-cottage in Flemington, Melbourne.
**/Dr A.McGrath OAM – The Frauding of Votes? H.S.Chapman Society 2010
***/ Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practise to deceive! Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17. Scottish author & novelist (1771 – 1832)
****/Just in case you have forgotten – Evgeny Bronislavovich Pashukanis (1891 – 1937) was a Soviet legal scholar, best known for his work The General Theory of Law and Marxism.
*****/ It seems that my footnotes are getting longer than the main article, so perhaps I ought to apologise. But don’t you like to check things for yourselves, delve boldly into the deep ocean of information and misinformation? Don’t you like to think about things? Or do you prefer to close the book and turn on the ever reliable and predictable TV?