Jul 17, 2012

Rundle: Labor’s genius war … cunning plan or just madness?

A week in and the Labor Party’s genius war against the Greens has gone exactly as could be predicted, i.e. it’s a total shambles and something of an own goal.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


A week in and the Labor Party’s genius war against the Greens has gone exactly as could be predicted — that is, it’s a total shambles and something of an own goal.

No sooner had the attack been launched last week by Sam Dastyari — “the Greens are our enemies” — and Paul Howes — “the Greens are an enemy of democracy” — with a pile on from others such as Greg Combet — “the Greens don’t share our values”.

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36 thoughts on “Rundle: Labor’s genius war … cunning plan or just madness?

  1. Nudiefish

    The last paragraph pretty much sums up the whole pitiful mess beautifully.

  2. paddy

    Fine work with the scalpel today GR.

  3. Gavin Moodie

    I may not remember it very well, but I thought the Coalition governed with the support of the DLP which it tolerated rather than attacked. Why can’t Labor adopt a similar attitude to the Greens?

  4. jeff holland

    Yes Baldrick, I have a ‘cunning plan’.

    Perhaps Rowan Atkinson should do another series of Blackadder set in the Labor halls of power. Plenty of easy comedic material.

  5. Jan Forrester

    Nice summary GR. Yep, ALP bruvvers have truly convinced me this week that they will bury Julie as unceremoniously as possible, the gulf between ALP left and right will get bigger – both would rather talk to aliens than pragmatically consolidate, they will continue to yelp like helpless dogs against the leader rather than doing the work in their electorates. Even the thoughtful Combet weighed in. This is happening whilst the Libs have internal problems but the ALP’s genius is to push their own destruction into the spotlight. If you are going to bury the steely Julia then forget Rudd, give the next generation a chance and in that area Bowen, Combet and Plibersek get my gong. Its not about the ALP in the end, its about democracy in Oz.
    I really feel for John Faulkner, implacable honesty in the face of self-serving warlord politics. He was what my father called real in the ALP. And I miss Paul Keating and what he stood for more than ever. The next election is really over – this week.

  6. pritu

    Well put. I once was a card-carrying ALP member. The more I hear from the NSW Right the less I want to have anything to do with that party. Any progressive thinking remaining in the ALP must surely be wondering what’s happened to their party. Why don’t they just pack up and join the Coalition. We’d then have the chance to form another real left party. Perhaps the Greens will be that party.

  7. DF

    Politics certainly brings together some interesting, ahem, bedfellows. Last I heard, Mr Combet and Ms Parke were each other’s current main squeeze, yet he is needlessly weighing in against her (other) preferences. As with Chris Uhlmann and Gai Brodtmann, I suppose we can guess who sleeps on which side of the bed.

    In the interests of transparency, the NSW ALP should be renamed “Jack Lang TAFE” since its primary function appears to be providing apprenticeships in “Career Self-Interest 101” for insatiably ambitious young mediocrities with unwarranted delusions of adequacy about their career prospects?

  8. Nightingale John

    Has anyone else noticed the likeness that Mr Dastiari has to Mr Bean? Any othe likenesses?

  9. JamesH

    The last paragraph assumes that Paul Howes is not setting himself up for a comfortable transition from left to right later in life, aka the Windschuttle Shuffle.

    PS DF: Jack Lang would have tossed the current lot off Sydney Harbour Bridge (which he was responsible for building). Lang stood up against the austerity-pushing toe-cutters of his day in a way that it seems labor is incapable of now.

  10. Tom Greenwell

    Something that hasn’t been remarked on a great deal is the way the ALP-Greens spat has coincided with the advent of a carbon price. It’s sad in a number of ways. 1) The oxygen has been completely sucked out of any last-ditch attempts to effectively articulate the case for a carbon price. 2) When ALP right apparatchiks attack the Greens, their values and their supposed antipathy to jobs, the first thing anyone slightly inclined to listen to them is going to think of is… the carbon price. So, worse than sucking the oxygen out of an attempt to regain support for action against climate change, the ALP right has effectively advanced the opposite position. 3) The Labor Government has, despite itself, introduced a carbon price! This having been done, fluoro-collar voters who don’t like Labor’s proximity to the Greens are hardly going to be placated by a bit of “we really hate the Greens” rhetoric. Message to the geniuses: it’s really hard to be won over by a party disowning itself.

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