Jan 10, 2014

Rundle: the education puppet show, with Labor scared in the wings

Christopher Pyne wants to weed out "bias" from Australian classrooms. And Labor doesn't really seem to care. In Tasmania, it seems set for self-destruction.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle



The bloke in charge of the country’s education is a sinister little meat-puppet, a demented pouting Pinocchio, whose real cause has nothing to do with real politics but is driven by his demented, one-dimensional self-righteousness …

I am speaking of course of Michael Gove, the British Education Secretary, an aggressive midget Tory, a former child TV star who has never lost the look of one, and who has been pushing hard on defining the current UK high school curriculum as a left-wing conspiracy. For Gove, it’s World War I that has been dismissed as “meaningless slaughter” by Lefties — and y’know, most of those who were actually there — whereas it was, in his opinion, a war for “liberal civilisation” against a rapacious German horde who wanted to take away a Briton’s right to his own country — and to India’s, East Africa’s and Malaysia’s, as well.

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22 thoughts on “Rundle: the education puppet show, with Labor scared in the wings

  1. SusieQ

    Well, firing off in all directions here and rightly so. As an ex-Labour now Greens voter, I continue to look on with dismay at what has become of the Labour Party – I have no idea what it stands for anymore and as you say, it doesn’t seem to care either – as for Paul Howes, to me he represents all that is wrong with Labour – taking pot shots at the Greens will only show up their own policy vacuum – even if you don’t like the Greens, at least you know what they stand for.
    As for Pyne and Education, all I can do is shake my head in dismay.

  2. Naughton Peter

    There is much to be concerned about where the ALP is concerned. It has been high jacked by the likes of Howes (Shorten?) as a vehicle for their own progression rather than a means to advance a progressive political agenda. The Greens on the other hand, do not have to concern themselves with the practicalities of government and are free to float progressive ideas without the responsibility of actually having to make it work and good on them as it adds a further dimension to the political discourse. The other side of politics are reasonably honest about what they stand for or to be more precise, what they do not stand for. The interests they represent are also quite transparent and their support more reliable and enduring. They also know how to effectively prepare the ground, in a political sense, to maximise their opportunities to be in control. Mr Pyne’s approach to the education curriculum is an example of this and the political axiom of don’t give the suckers an even break. They are quite clear about their purpose, the gaining and use of power to promote their supporters’ interests. To the winner the spoils go and damn the rest.

  3. zut alors

    Re Howes: he should stand for a seat in federal parliament rather than call the shots and critique from the sidelines.

    Many of us haven’t forgotten that Howes & Shorten, along with some of their mates, such as Arbib, Bitar etc, began the destruction of the ALP by culling Rudd. This helped mould it into the nondescript gaggle it is today, devoid of courageous policy and ideals. Shorten is not the answer to their problems.

  4. klewso

    One of the greatest assets of this Murdoch government is the likes of Howes, left alone to play with matches in the “arse ‘n all(?)” alienating “the rellies”?

  5. AR

    The sooner a demolition order is slapped on the Sussex St Lubyanka, preferably with the doors welded shut with the parasites indoors prior to detonation, the sooner the Oz body politic may emerge from this dark night.

  6. JennyWren

    wormhole or K-hole?

  7. JennyWren

    sometimes I think the greens ought to think about changing their name to reflect the fact that they are no longer a fringe party only concerned about environmental issues. But then I realise that it won’t be long before green credentials are an asset to the voting public who may well be more concerned about food, water and air security than cultural wars. Much bigger picture stuff indeed. Disclaimer: greens member

  8. CML

    Yet another anti-Labor rant, Guy. It is becoming boring!
    If the Greens are the answer, what is the question? They went backwards, big time, at the last federal election, so I can’t see what you are on about.
    We are four months into this government and already Labor is no good. Why don’t you have something useful to say – like what a disaster this LNP government is, and how Labor is the only one who can save us from this rabble.
    Unless you are talking about a Green dictatorship, with the rulers only gaining around 10% of the vote, they are irrelevant!!!!!

  9. Kfix

    CML, it may be wishful thinking to call the Greens irrelevant. I am one of many ex-Labor voters who have switched to the Greens, and I will stay there unless and until Labor retrieves some credibility and integrity. I am not convinced that a Labor government would be much improvement on the LNP right now, certainly without having to keep the support of the Greens.

  10. leon knight

    I agree that Guy is taking pot shots in all directions without seeing much good anywhere.
    Labor are disappointing at the moment and need to get cracking quickly while the LNP are such a shambles.
    It is a great pity there is so much ill-feeling between Labor and the Greens, when the Vote Compass clearly showed they are in the same quadrant with voters and should thus be firm allies against the anti-social LNP.
    Christine Milne carries most of the responsibility for the poor relationship in my book, with her pig-headed aversion to proper cooperation and compromise to achieve reasonable progress on the big economic and environmental issues.

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