I am sincerely glad that I no longer have to make excuses for the once admirable Labor party as I did in my younger days when I gave them my vote. Now when I hear Julia Gillard’s latest attempt to sell herself to the public on the basis of Labor being ” the only party that will put the needs of workers ahead of the very rich”* I find myself reaching for an a medicine to stop me throwing up. Especially when the slogan is repeated more than once in a single interview (like Sunday’s “Meet the press” on TEN) Gillard is about as convincing as one of Gerry Anderson’s puppets when it comes to delivering any sort of idea to the public. We can all see the strings Julia and like those puppets Julia is entirely made of wood. Worse still that wood is clearly showing that even its grain is false, rather like that very cheap and nasty plywood panelling that was very popular in the 90’s. To think that any sensible person would vote for this woman to lead the country at the next election is just laughable yet that is just what the party movers and shakers are stuck with because they must simply feel that to change leaders now would be too big a back-down . Obviously the strategy now is to go for the all in bet on a bluff and hope to hell that the people will not call the bet. I don’t particularly like Mark Latham but its very hard to disagree with what he says here:
“There is absolutely no margin for lying.” has surely to be the inscription upon the tomb of the once great Labor party which has gone from a party run by and for the working class who had actaully had a life and real experience in the workplace to a party run by the university educated party apparatchiks who have only every worked for the party, who have never known what it is to be an ordinary family living an ordinary life, to be the sort of person that the party is supposed to be representing. This is where the Likes of Gillard with her background in the law fails to resonate with the Labor voters who have decided that they have voted Labor for the last time like they did here in Queensland just a few days ago. Its really a bit like religion this loyalty to a political party, people hang onto their faith for a very long time and they truly agonise about leaving that nice safe congregation but once they make the leap of faith elsewhere they stick to that new choice even more strongly that they did to their original faith. Further they become rather loud voices denouncing the party that they have so recently abandoned, Its why the phrase “there are none that preach as loudly as the newly converted” was coined to describe the phenomena. So this is Labor’s dilemma how do they change the leader to someone that they can convince the public to vote for or failing that how can they limit the damage so that the climb back from the dark pit of political oblivion is even possible within a reasonable time frame?