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Flopping fish, the Rudd revival show, and the spectres of the past present and the future

As Labor seems to be flopping around gasping for political breath  like a fish on a jetty we conservatives can only look on with amazement at how that poor fish moves further away for any chance of getting back in the water instead of ending up in the frying pan of history as the only self filleting fish in living memory.  For those individuals who have nursed any hope that Labor could stage a spectacular come back after the Carbon tax failed to make the sky fall in are being sadly disappointed. The voters are all just so over Labor and just counting down the days until they can use their stubby electoral commission pencils  to put the party out of its misery.

We have the confected outrage at Tony Abbott’s speech made in the USA the other day but I’ve carefully read the speech and its nothing it warrant the sort of criticism that desperate lefties have been trying to serve up.  The voters have, I think, already decided that Gillard is for the chop and the fact that they have to wait until 2013 to use those stubby pencils means that politics is relegated to the back-burner for most people. Hence the narrow and rather desperate hope that Kevin could be drafted to be the saviour of our oldest political party. Yes comrades just as a thirsty man dreams of water in the desert Labor tragics dream about a white knight leading them out of the wilderness and into a future where the Labor party is not reduced to a cricket team in the currently  fashionable Queensland and NSW style. The problem is that after Gillard succeeded in calling him out before he was ready to win the contest last February he promised not to challenge again. This put him and his backers in the rather tricky position of not being able to openly campaign or even do the numbers as Graham Richardson observes in the OZ    :

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As much as I want the government changed the cautious me wants to see Labor at least make a decent show of it because we get better government when we have a decent opposition. That said even if we see Rudd raise Lazarus like form his political grave what is the chance that he will do anywhere near enough to win back even some of those dreamers of the stubby pencils? Would Rudd, for instance, re make our “asylum” policies into something effective? Would he dump the  truly despised Carbon tax? Would he tell the Greens that the door is that way? Even if he did all of that would it make the slightest bit of difference?

I am reminded of the way that Charles Dickens  opened his novel “A Christmas Carroll”

Labor was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.

   Old Labor was as dead as a door-nail.

   Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Labor was as dead as a door-nail.

The trouble is that there will be no Ghosts to show the party the “glories” of its past (Gough anyone?) The bleakness of its present (a very  miserable  Julia Gillard ) and a portent of  its dark future (none other than Anna Bligh). Labor’s is a future without the possibility of redemption and there in we find the tragedy of a once great party that shuffles zombie like towards utter oblivion but the sad thing is that apart from some desperate denialists no one even cares any more.

Cheers Comrades





  1. deknarf says:

    Welcome to the Political break in Canberra, when rumous, and rumours of rumours abound. Even the most basic comments are recontextualised and hyped up. Eg. and approximately ‘if a leader is not popular they don’t stay leader long’ or words to that effect.
    Well, Dohhh! The bleeding obvious stated by a pollie, and the the self-indulgent media goes wild.
    Given the parlous state of the news gatherers and journo’s in Oz today, the demise of the newspaper couldn’t come soon enough. So much sensationalism and bias, so little critical evaluation and balance.
    PS: Even if there weren’t any rumours, I’m sure the likes of Michelle Grattan would make a few up!

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Oh I totally agree with you about just stating the obvious of Q&A and while I am interested in politics to me its not something to blow a gasket over no matter who is in power its much more akin to Soap opera than anything else.

  3. Victor says:

    And if we were able to observe Labor’s cabinet in action – I think it’d bear a striking similarity to Dickens’ Pickwick Papers.

  4. Iain Hall says:

    yes Victor now if only Wayne Swan had read David Copperfield
    and taken the advice of Mr Micawber:

    “‘My other piece of advice, Copperfield,’ said Mr. Micawber, ‘you know. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery.”
    David Copperfield (1850)

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