Labor politicians – capital’s good friend
It should come as no surprise that Jennifer Hewitt, a conservative columnist in the paper of the 1%, should argue that ‘the remaining “true believers” [in the Labor Party] are really more like a left-wing ginger group” and that they are ‘even less representative of the concerns of middle Australia.’ (‘Labor’s first job is to re-connect’ AFR Friday 13 September page 2).
Jennifer should get out more.
First, not every branch of the ALP is breeding Trotskyists (unfortunately). Much of the membership remains right-wing.
Second it is not ALP members who are divorced from the concerns of ordinary Australians – it is Labor politicians.
The majority of the population are well to the left of both of the major parties of neoliberalism. For example an Essential poll in May found that over 60 percent think large businesses, mining companies, and people on high incomes don’t pay enough tax.
Other polls show that similar or even larger majorities think the government isn’t doing enough when it comes to regulating banks, or providing adequate health care, affordable public transport and quality education. A clear majority support same sex marriage.
Further, the idea that dear sweet ‘Albo’ is some sort of dangerous leftie who will unleash socialism on an unsuspecting public is nonsense. Albanese has been up to his armpits in the rotten neoliberal policies of the Rudd and Gillard governments.
Maybe it is time the 1% realised the best ally they have in imposing neoliberalism on a reluctant population and thereby shifting wealth to capital from workers is the Labor Party and what used to be its Left – now no more than a tribal rather than a political affiliation - together with the supine trade union bureaucracy.