Archive for May 5th, 2012
These welfare attacks are all about a budget surplus which has little economic rationale but in the current circumstances lots of political rationale for Labor as the servants of capital. The fetish of a budget surplus is code for attacking workers and the poor to make us pay for the crises of capitalism, and Labor is doing that in an even more draconian fashion than the arch Tory John Howard. They are often better placed to do so because of their relationship with the trade union movement. However as the Hawke Keating governments showed, doing the dirty work for capital just lays the groundwork for the likes of Howard and now Abbott to continue and deepen the attacks. A real fight against Gillard now is a fight against Abbott later.