Post mortem – Labor

…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger


Somewhere I wrote that Kevin Rudd is dishonest and he indeed, to the very end, tried hard to not to make me wrong. In the dying days of his electoral campaign he did a letterbox-drop – “Kevin has always stood up for us” A3 size colourful thing. To nobody’s surprise, two out of seven pictured “endorsers” promptly denied that they ever said anything like that about Rudd. One, allegedly saying “we want to keep Kevin Rudd, that’s why we are voting for him on Saturday 7 September” is a New Zealander and thus ineligible as a voter. She had at one stage visited Mr Rudd’s office to enquire about becoming a citizen…

Also, in the final days, in many electorates, the Labor paid helpers and so called volunteers, exchanged their usual, more or less trade mark red t-shirts for the blue, Liberal like, ones. First indication of that I saw when Rudd was running for TV cameras somewhere in Sydney, surrounded by what appeared to be wildly bemused, self-photographing Chinese tourists or students in red t-shirts advertising him; they were later shown taking them off. Underneath they had blue t-shirts, advertising Labor candidate Dreyfuss. This is straight out of propaganda textbooks – a different, misleading colour will not confuse your rusted-on supporters, but hopefully will the old, young and inattentive.

Fog of Chaos already wasted a lot of space on that unpleasant man. However, he is the true Labor, the face of the past and the spirit of its future. What had been written about him (and Gillard) would be equally applicable to any future leader of the Australian Labor Party. As Julia Gillard memorably said, “we are us”. Such admissions are rare in politics. Yes, they are them.

  On The Night, Rudd was taking his time to concede the defeat. What was happening in the Gabba bunker prior to his appearance is a matter of speculation. Most of my friends and colleaugues thought of drugs, also mentioned as a possibility by Daryl McCann in the Quadrant Online. Others could not resists the Downfall theme. The clip is bellow, of only 3 minutes duration. Rudd needed over 22 minutes to say he won, perhaps correctly realising that most people automatically expect the opposite to be the truth. RAAF stewardesses and make-up artistes everywhere, plus a half of the nation, rejoiced.

  His was a cringingly pathetic performance – the mix of delusion, hubris and ham acting. There was not a chance in a million, of course, that he would apologise for the misery the Labor’s misrule brought upon our nation. No chance of an apology for thousands of drowned illegal immigrants, lured to their deaths by the Labor’s “compassionate” policy and no apology for the pink bats deaths.

 At length he was waffling about the “party of hard heads and soft hearts” and as usual he got it wrong. It is the other way round. Some readers may recall TV shot from his electoral walk along River Terrace on Kangaroo Point when he stopped on the almost exact spot where his Labor comrade Julia Gillard made her solemn pre-election promise to the nation: “There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead”. Rudd’s propaganda clip was spoiled by a homeless man sleeping a few metres away on a bench. No, Rudd did not step over him, but that contemptuous look! And no, he did not stop to ask if he could help. The chances that the man would say he was made homeless by the Labor carbon dioxide tax were infinitesimally small, but why take the risk? Anyway, compassion for the TV cameras was not on the agenda that day.

Towards the end of his protracted, hopefuly last speech, Rudd, trying to sound whitlamesque, or perhaps chifleysque, talked about “the light on the hill” of the Labor mythology. That light does not shine on the 160 million dead his party’s ideology is responsible for, nor, for that matter, on ordinary Australians. ALP now is a party of, by and for the trade union apparatchicks and assorted hangers-on. A “Labor” is a misnomer and the corpse ought not to be revived.

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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10 Responses to Post mortem – Labor

  1. Globo says:

    From Tim Blair: “Held deep within the top strategy group of the Liberal war room was a document which gave a name and a diagnosis to the personality of Kevin Rudd. It was a document provided to the Liberal’s strategy team on an informal basis by a psychiatrist friendly to the Liberals after Rudd had returned to the Labor leadership on June 26. In a nutshell, this document offered an arm’s-length diagnosis of Rudd as suffering a personality disorder known as “grandiose narcissism” …

    Describing grandiose narcissism as less a psychiatric disease and more a destructive character defect, the document suggested Rudd was held together by one key strut: an absolute conviction of intellectual superiority over everyone else. “Kick out that strut and he will collapse; basically he is a self-centred two-year-old in an adult body. Prone to wanting everything – now! If not, then he has a two year-old’s tantrum.”

    Rudd, the document went on, was vulnerable to any challenge to his self-belief that he was more widely-read, smarter and more knowledgeable than anyone else “on the planet” … If described as “stupid”, such a personality would mount an almost impenetrable intellectual defence. “

  2. Kevlar Stephen says:

    ALP is not a “disunited” party, it is the stupid party.

  3. The Worker says:

    Rudd is ALP.

  4. Therese R says:

    Rudd should stay in the parliament – it would be good for Australia, and I don’t worry about ALP.

  5. Mon Jaker says:

    Forget the Labor. Now Coalition will be the problem.

  6. Kerneloid says:

    I couldn’t resist commenting, Many thanks a whole lot for sharing!

  7. bottes equita says:

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  8. Formida says:

    Let the sleeping dogs lie. May they rot in pieces.

  9. Fyjot Dilko says:

    Kevin is like all the politicians, but the Labor ones are especially bad. They have the media on their side…

  10. esra pound says:

    And may they never revive!

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