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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

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Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
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Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

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Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



C’mon, John Howard deserves his order of merit from the one percent

The Queen has appointed  Australia’s former conservative Prime Minister John Howard to the Order of Merit. This is an exclusive club of just 24.

Margaret Thatcher is also a member. Any club that has Howard and Thatcher as members ….

The appointment is for Howard’s ‘exceptional distinction in the arts, learning, sciences and other areas such as public service’.

His main distinction in the arts, learning and sciences was to attack them, denigrate them and underfund them. That was presumably his outstanding public service.

This too to a man who just a few weeks ago was dissing the science of climate change and praising Ian Plimer’s new book of global warming ignorance.

The one percent needs its heroes and rewards. This award shows the rest of the one percent a success from the past and suggests possible options in addressing the problems of capitalism.

‘See,’ this appointment says, ‘John Howard’s neoliberalism is a good precedent to follow. Attack unions. Attack public services. Attack refugees. Attack and kill people in wars for imperialism in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. Accelerate the shift in wealth from labour to capital.’

Every report I have read says that this is an award solely in the preserve of the Queen, the one percent’s royal. This is presumably to stress that it wasn’t the Gillard Labor Government who recommended him for the appointment. But don’t mistake the surface differences for the underlying agreement.

The current Gillard Labor Government has already learnt the message this Order of Merit sends out. Neoliberalism is part of Labor’s DNA, and has been since 1983. 

Gillard and co don’t need baubles from the Queen to tell them how they should rule for the one percent. They are doing it right now.

From the point of view of the bourgeoisie John Howard was a very successful Prime Minister for them. He followed down the path laid for him by Hawke and Keating. He has in turn been followed by Rudd and Gillard.

Gillard Labor is now reaping the working class resentment that 30 years of neoliberalism, union class collaboration and Labor’s neoliberal failures in power have built up. The irony is that the other party of neoliberalism will benefit from this.

That will occur until such time as we build a mass revolutionary socialist workers’ party in Australia able to influence and in some cases lead the political debate and class struggle, and ultimately lead a resurgent and powerful working class acting as a class for itself to power.

Then there will be no need for Orders of Merit or Orders of Lenin or royalty or the one percent because we will all be recognised in our work for our contribution to a truly democratic society that organises production to satisfy human need.



Comment from JacfromBicton
Time January 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Johnwho? Really who cares whether or not Little Jonny Howard has received a medal from the Queen? Jonny is yesterdays man!!!

Comment from Jolly
Time January 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Absolutely right, Jac. Johnwho? Ahh ….. that lying yesterdays man. He simply cannot think beyond our colonial bondage.

Comment from Abi
Time January 3, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Once we become a republic the award will become irrelevant anyways.

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