One of the things that I have long delighted in is taunting the lefties with the epithet “latte sipper” and boy do they hate it! They hate more than anything because they know that that there is some truth in the suggestion that they are wealthy dilettantes who make a big show of the righteous solidarity with the poor and downtrodden, although they really have nothing but disdain for those who are really doing it tough. You know the ones that our Latte sipping friends would call “Bogans”, or Westies . Latte sippers are generally university educated, they are quite often members of the cultural elite they just love their overseas holidays, they always have the latest phones, the flashiest lap tops, an Ipod (never one of those very cheap generic MP3 players), they wear nice designer clothes, live at a fashionable address, but perhaps one of the most defining features of the species “lattius Sippius” is that they tend to vote for the Loopy Greens
Greens votes in 2007 were defined by what they studied at university: arts, society and culture, architecture and education. Professionally they tended to be consultants, or worked in the media, health or education.
Greens 07 were very well-paid inner-urban renters who made extensive use of public transport and had few religious convictions. They tend not to have children until their late 30s, if at all, which makes them even richer and gives them lots of spare time to organise local political activities and annoy the rest of us.
Some of them still haunt uni campuses, churning out more Greens arts graduates, but increasingly now the Greens comprise a well-heeled professional group. Most are inner-urban dwellers in their 20s and 30s, sending their one rather indulged child to a private school. In their 40s and 50s, they adjourn to nice spots such as Noosa or a pretty little tax-deductible farming property, dabbling in winemaking or exotic fruit, while they send their children to the same inner-city private school, but as five-day boarders.
In their dotage they move back to the outer suburbs, with worm farms and backyard chook pens, tending their raised vegetable beds according to the Peter Cundall weekly gardening guide.
In retirement, their income from superannuation is second only to that of the average Liberal. They’re still rich compared with Labor voters and they’re still dependent on income from shares through superannuation. They also start buying more shares.
In all phases of life, Greens are distinct from the typical Labor, Liberal or Nationals demographic but remain supportive of Labor for social rather than economic reasons. Not unlike middle-class Catholics in the 1950s and 60s.
But, as in the 50s and 60s, the evidence from 2007 shows the Greens bloc is shifting away from Labor in terms of voting for its economic, rather than its social, interests.
Politically, in 2007 the Greens were strongly linked to all the main groups swinging to the Coalition after preferences. A big Greens vote in the inner-city professional seats meant a swing to the Coalition after preferences, because the Greens took more primary votes from Labor candidates than they gave back in second preferences, even though their preference drift to Labor averaged almost 80 per cent.
The rest of the piece from the Oz goes on to argue that with the sort of drift to the Greens from Labor’s primary vote and the fact that even a relatively small percentage eventually finding their way to the coalition could cost the Labor party government.I love the way that the piece also supports my contention that many of those Greens are really the epitome of what I call the “silver-tail socialists” who espouse a far left set of sensibilities while they take an almost guilty pleasure in trying to make astute investments in stocks and shares or houses to rent out and how they agonize about their superannuation.
They are also very keen to employ economic experts and investment advisors, but you probably can’t hold that against them, quite simply because they actually have to do this to compensate for their natural ineptitude in matters financial.
A hat tip to “Kevin Lusk” who tells me he is a fan of this blog