I’ve been thinking about the whole Graham Richardson thing and how it relates to us on the Left.
Especially in light of his latest article for The Australian:
Now, I believe the problem we have here is that cynical political operators are taking us for mugs in their aim to manipulate politics in Australia for less than altruistic reasons. A surprise I know, however I’m talking about a specific subset here. Those who we of the Left feel a visceral connection to because the operative was once of the Left themselves, and now operates in some sort of quasi-Progressive Left netherworld where they maintain a semblance of overt identification with us. In order to manipulate the hell out of us!
Yes, it’s yet another creation of the evil genius, Rupert Murdoch, and his minions in his Faux News Empire (and I put a capital ‘E’ on Empire because it is in all but overt assignation).
They do it in America on his Fox News propaganda channel, and they do it here on Sky (which is why I’ll never subscribe to it, no matter how superior its political coverage is). That is, they lard up the channel with Conservative propagandists, but also those who have had previous political connections with the Progressive Left.
The commentators that they have from the Left generally fall into two camps.
Firstly, those who still identify in the here and now with the Left, but who are so meek and mild and concerned about their mortgages and the kid’s school fees, that their criticism of the Right and support of the Left, is only ever less than robust. This keeps the restless natives of the Left who are watching, always a minority of viewers anyway and open to persuasion as Rupert hopes(unlike the Right supporters who get reinforced and vilified should they ever think of changing allegiances), satisfied and thinking, well, at least that Far Right so-and-so’s channel has SOME Left voices, and what can I do about that anyway?
Then there are the Graham Richardsons and the Gary Johns types. Left politicians in a former life, who once they got their dick wet in the Right, liked it so much they jumped Right in. Also, you’d usually find, if you had a close look at them that they were the most cynical and ruthless of Left politicians to begin with, and were not averse to employing a similar mindset to Rupert Murdoch’s during their tenure on the Left. So, and Murdoch is good at this, once word got around that they were a freelance ‘Gun for Hire’ to the highest bidder, they were gladly used by News to befuddle the supporters of the Left, who seem to be loyal to these guys because, well, they used to be in Hawkie’s, or Keating’s government! And they are political Left demi-gods and couldn’t have chosen their confreres unwisely, could they?
Well, no. However, what we have to realise is that while Hawke and Keating haven’t accepted the Devil’s dollar, these other guys are not so principled.
They’ll gladly play a Pied Piper’s tune for the Left to follow them down the garden path.
Graham Richardson finally, candidly admitted as much the other week. He admitted to being part of a concerted, opportunistic, cynical, covert push, in concert with Kevin Rudd, Bruce Hawker and others, to destabilise the government of Julia Gillard, and replace her with Kevin Rudd who had made all sorts of deals with the devil to get his old job back. Which basically means implementing all the policy changes that they wanted.
Thankfully Kevin appears to have seen the light and is not playing along this time. I think, once he took off his rose-coloured glasses that he was looking at himself in the mirror with, he divined the malign moves of the Murdoch shills to destroy to as great an extent as is possible, the great Australian Labor Party, and they were leading him a merry dance, just as much as everyone else.
So Graham Richardson and his ilk appear to be making a Full Court Press anyway to remove the Prime Minister. Again. Though, considering what we now know, it all seems faintly ridiculous, and definitely spurious, to me. Especially so as they have a reluctant figurehead and spear tip, in Kevin Rudd. Which is why they are concocting Candidate Plan B, Bill Shorten, hoping that his renowned ego and ambition will be the pride that goeth before the Labor Party fall at the upcoming election. He’d be PM for how many weeks? 20 something? Not much of a pinnacle of achievement and Bill Shorten, to his credit, realises this absolutely.
So what we are left with is a pack of rabid hyenas baying for the Prime Minister’s blood. Well, one thing I do know about rabid dogs, is that if they are unable to attack their quarry successfully the rabid pack is so driven to distraction by the bacteria infecting their brains that they end up attacking each other. And I think this is the chain of events the PM knowingly set off when she announced the election date.
She unleashed the Rabid Right’s Dogs of War.
However, she is remaining studiously and determinedly out of their reach. A woman with more understanding of their game than anyone else I believe.
And, anyway, I’ve never believed a word Graham Richardson says since Virginia Perger and Offset Alpine.
His faux earnestness, gravitas and sincerity doesn’t convince me. Not for one second. His tune was never music to my ears.