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Solitary Forever, sings Hawkie

At Wednesday night’s ACTU Congress dinner, former prime minister-cum-one-man-cover-band Bob Hawke gave a rousing rendition of Solidarity Forever.

  • 1
    Suzanne Blake
    Posted Thursday, 17 May 2012 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Did he write that song from his NORTH SHORE property?

  • 2
    Robert Barwick
    Posted Thursday, 17 May 2012 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    They have taken millions from us that they never toiled to earn…” Who? Macquarie Bank, which ran the dollar float, siphoned off compulsory super, and designed and implemented National Competition Policy — all Hawke-Keating policies — to leach Australia of its physical wealth? Or Lazard Carnegie Wylie, Keating’s investment bank for gobbling up state assets? Remember him, the man who told Thatcher’s bagman Alistair McAlpine, “I’m gonna tear the unions apart.” The workers’ heroes were the bankers’ tools.

  • 3
    zut alors
    Posted Thursday, 17 May 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Book him for next year’s Logies.

  • 4
    Posted Thursday, 17 May 2012 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Solitary forever?
    Has Blanche left him?

  • 5
    Bob the builder
    Posted Thursday, 17 May 2012 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    What a grim scene! More like a funeral for some long-forgotten values.

  • 6
    Bob the builder
    Posted Thursday, 17 May 2012 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    …except for the woman next to the camera. Who’s she, Crikey sleuths?

  • 7
    Posted Friday, 18 May 2012 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    I loved it…made me sentimental for the days of simpler loyalties

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    Bob the builder
    Posted Friday, 18 May 2012 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Simpler loyalties?!?
    I don’t think the people who were beaten, starved, even killed would think those loyalties were that simple. People throughout the middle east and China (for instance) are exercising solidarity to the bitter end, and I’m sure they’re not finding it simple.
    What is more simple is lining your pockets and furthering your career at the expense of your own society. More than ever, it’s now that we are now living in days of simple loyalties.