|Issue No 46||17 March 2000|
Letters to the Editor
The Real Big Fella
I have just come across Workers Online and am most impressed both with the content and the potential for rank and file participation and discussion.
One tiny point however. I really don't think those with a long memory of NSW Labor history would approve of referring to Kim Beazley as "the big fella". There was and will ever be only one big fella and that was Jack Lang.
Lang (who I met on quite a few occasions) had the wonderful advantage of outliving all his enemies and indeed most of his contemporaries. He could thus rewrite the history of his career to suit himself.
It's all a matter of opinion of course, I am one who reckons that for the most part Premier Lang was right.
But in his embittered middle age Lang was a rat and a wrecker. He did terrible harm to the NSW party (when it was worth preserving) and did his best to destroy several Labor leaders including Chifley.
I could not imagine Beazley becoming embittered or destructive like Lang,he seems to have more resilience. so maybe we should think up another title for him. I suggest Prime Minister.
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