||Issue No. 123||21 December 2001|
The Unmaking of History
International: Global Year in Review
Unions: A Year at the Barricades
Technology: Unions Online 2001
Republic: Terror Australis
Economics: 2001: Annus Horribilis
Campaign Diary: Melanie and Me
Politics: Tony Moore's Final Word
Review: You Are the Weakest Program
Legal: The New McCarthyism
The Locker Room
The First Bastion
Tom Collins' Christmas Wish
Letters to the Editor
Tom Collins' Christmas Wish
Joseph also had a coat of many colours and:
Was thrown into the pit by his jealous Brothers!
Unfortunately it that time of the year again, a period of reflection as to not only our success, that is if any working class Australian could claim even one skerrick of this rare commodity, but also our mistakes. Sadly, some of those that claim to be the Vanguard of the downtrodden are in most circumstances the oppressors. Oppressors only intent on maintaining the status quo , because that position is -sitting comfortably in their own warm, soft and excrement filled Snugglers , and they are enmeshed in their own fears of loss, be it status or financial.
We have lost trust in our elected representatives, and with a total reversal of stance in political parties, the A.L.P., has become the equivalent of hereditary peerage, with safe seats being passed from father to son, through power play within the Unions and factions, thereby sowing these previous fallow fertile fields with the seeds of discontent and dissent. This is only possible through cronyism and nepotism in the branch structure, with recruitment energies being focussed on personal vendettas. It is possible that this structure could accomplish something, if these relatives, cronies, hangers on , drones and bludgers were of any consequence, or even if they were a little better than mediocre. Alas! With the case with the A.L.P., and the Trade Unions, only the hyena like pack animals, are permitted to thrive in an environment of rotting Offal, Filth and corruption ,with some branch meetings depicted, as with eerie accuracy in the 1757 Hogarth print "Canvassing for Votes" , where the rich bought votes in the rotten Boroughs.
Free speech is stymied within not only the Trade Unions, but the A.L.P., and members are continually disenfranchised, thereby demeaning the value of membership.
Both the A.L.P., and Trade Unions have been bereft of real leadership for many years, and as a consequence; to maintain self respect members distance themselves - firstly from the behaviour of the organisation and as this corrupt behaviour becomes entrenched, they feel the necessity to cut any ties from not only the organisation, but also some of their own, deep seated philosophies and beliefs. If only because these philosophies have been corrupted by self seeking incompetents, and to continue to adhere to these infected beliefs is a reflection on the individual.
The continued White Washing of these Socialist sepulchres , by the power brokers , is the epitome of an exercise in futility and this reluctance to leave the past behind ,has been recognised through the ages by many contemporary thinkers of their time , including :-
Jesus, who said in Luke 9:60:-
"Leave the dead to bury the dead; "
"But as for you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God."
It was Seneca the Roman intellectual 4BC-65AD. Who said:-
"The fates lead him who will - him who won't they drag."
Is our uncorrupted secular message not worth leaving the dead behind for, or do we also wish to be dragged into this pit of predatory betrayal?
There can be no doubt that some organizations are beyond restructure, and must either be dismantled or be permitted to wither on the vine, this is validated by the continued and unabated loss of life blood , the membership, from these Unions who are incapable of contemporary relevance. The imitation of large corporations by these unions in their continued use of this worthless cosmetic surgery, is akin to treating a malignant cancer with a Bex, a nice cup of tea, and a lie down in a dark room
The Howard Government is on a roll, and the grass roots of the A.L.P. have been alienated by the political correctness of those that assume, behaviours totally alien to the Australian ethos, whereas the Liberals are now the working class heroes.
Where can one find a commonality with a political candidate, who has had absolutely no experience with the difficult challenges most Australians need to confront every day of their lives.
Is it only coincidental that Bob Hawke be once again embraced by the party , almost 10 years to the day after being ousted from the leadership by the worlds greatest Treasurer ? None the less, the appointment of Hawke and Wran, with both being yesterdays' men; to inquire into the recent election drubbing will also be a waste of resources, if this denial of the emperors' (plural) nakedness continues unabated without rebuttal.
All success is based on role models, and New Labour United Kingdom style was only a success because it once again re-adjusted it policies to reflect the views of the greater number, to the extent of excluding those belligerent Unions who were intent on the destruction of not only the country but the whole fabric of society .The A.L.P., factions must accept this, and the reality that, populism is the very quintessence of politics. For the A.L.P., to pander to special interest groups, left wing loonies, and Café latte socialists who are more aligned with Greens or Democrats is the foolish path of self immolation and as was shown at the last election, political irrelevance.
While these individuals may appear to be a large minority, it is usually only their high noise factor in the branch structure, and because of this and their idleness in other aspects of their parasitical lives, that creates this illusion. The reality of this truth was manifested at the last election.
Democracy is government by the greater number, and this is the system we have chosen to be governed by. The resentments shown by the electorate toward the A.L.P., with their attempts at social engineering ,also indicate the truths of alienation toward Chardonnay Socialism which has also been rejected, particularly by the working class , recent migrants ,their families, and people who have been caught in the abyss of this culture of change , and destroyed , not by diversity but division, and those who have watched their jobs being sent overseas by consecutive Labour Governments, in consensus with the Trade Unions.
But all is not lost, there are still a few Union Leaders prepared to defend their members, one being the AMWU, boss Doug Cameron, but his futile efforts, obviously indicate punishment for misdemeanours in a previous life, as he, like, Sisyphus and the Rock of Hades.....appears to be condemned to an eternity of rolling the rock up the hill, knowing full well that when it reaches the top it will roll back down again.
Perhaps in this previous life, Oor Dougie as a Cameronian , a clan who are not renowned for their mercy, behaved badly toward that Irish Mercenary Simon O Croidheain (Anglicised Crean) who fought with the remnants of Viscount Dundee's' army ,at the Battle of Dunkeld in 1689 , by impaling him on a halbert (Halberd)?
As for our own inimitable Simon and his cross of political sin, he can surely take solace in the fact, that it was another Simon who carried the cross for Jesus to his crucifixion. Let's hope that this is not the same journey on which our Simon intends to carry the Australian Labor Party.
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