The Show MUST Go On.


Life is a highway. Are you going my way?
I’m on a journey. I hope you can come too.

That journey is to effect the sort of change in the Labor Party which I think we can all agree is needed if it is to survive & prosper as a Progressive Social Democratic political party, onwards through the 21st century and beyond.

As someone who gets to see politics in the raw in NSW, I think I am qualified to say my piece about what has occurred as the 43rd Parliament drew to a close, and I hope that you respect the fact that I have thought long and hard about the situation we have all just lived through and which the party finds itself in with respect to Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard exchanging roles yesterday, and I hope you respect my perspective.

You don’t have to agree with it, just respect the fact that it is neither a knee-jerk, reflexive lashing out, or a requiem for the ALP that some might expect or demand, just my perspective. A different perspective.

In fact, I’m not going to make a comment either way about the manner in which Kevin Rudd came to get back the position of Prime Minister. That has been hashed out ad infinitum and we all have an opinion about the propriety of that action and the manner in which JGPM (for she will always be that to me, I coined the acronym after all on Twitter), was relentlessly undermined by forces within her own party, the media and the Opposition, which includes their mouthpieces in the Conservative Think Tanks. That’s a given, and a shame that it had to occur to the nation’s first female Prime Minister, and that it coincided with the advent of 24/7 News media in this country. They have to have something to comment on, dissect, analyse and pontificate about in an increasingly obvious partisan way.

Such is life. We do it too, and those in glass houses shouldn’t cast around for stones at a time like this because to continue to express rancour now only expends our energies needlessly and for short term existential gain. Not the sort of long-term productive gain which can really lead to us vanquishing our common enemies.

Who are they?

Firstly, and foremostly, it is the Coalition.

In a very short space of time, we of the Progressive bent will be facing them in the trenches, and we had better get our acts together I say, in double-quick time, if we are to have a chance of defeating them. That’s all that counts right now.

Bitter recriminations are fine, and all well and good in the short run but only serve to hobble the cause we all believe in, in the long run, if we let those feelings eat away at our souls. That way lies an ineffective and divided rabble, and a heart-breakingly thumping win for the Conservatives. With all that would entail in a draconian policy sense.

So, yes, Kevin Rudd was an A-Grade A-hole, and so were the Cardinals and the other assorted Rudd Rats. I think we can all agree that their behaviour was reprehensible, and they too are our enemies within.

Which is why I have decided not to resign from the Labor Party, as others have. I have decided that Kevin Rudd and his acolytes & congenital chancres within the Labor Party may be having their day in the sun in the Labor Party now, but the cause of reform drives me on to the horizon beyond them and is the greater good which I have decided to keep working for, inside the party.

As I said to a couple of ladies up my way when I first joined the ALP, you can get upset about things and yell from the sidelines, or you can run onto the field as part of the team & get down and dirty with the rest of them and fight for what you believe in and do your best to kick goals and produce the sort of results you think should be being achieved.

“History is made by those who turn up”, as Tony Windsor said. So I’m going to keep turning up because I am on a personal crusade, with the Labor Party as my vehicle, for what I believe in. I have succeeded in sidelining some of the malign forces that we all detest in my local area, which has prevented them from having a platform on the national stage, and we have got a better representative as a result. Also I believe that if I stick with it I can do my bit to fulfill the legacy of JGPM in the party, as Tanya Plibersek appears to have decided to do also, and stick around to vanquish the malign forces and see them replaced by those who represent the qualities we respect.
I do.

If I don’t and I give up and go away I think that I would feel worse. I do.

I also think Julia Gillard would approve because we are staying to stand and fight another day.  Nothing good is ever easy, and the past 3 years and the last 3 days have shown me me that when the going gets tough, the tough get going and the show MUST go on. They might have won the battle but they will not win the war.  I fight on.

1,573 thoughts on “The Show MUST Go On.

  1. Two points,
    1. I personally don’t mind if people here don’t want to Vote ALP again or whatever. Everyone is hurting and we all react in different ways.
    I’ll try to make others think about things and if you see validity in my arguments fine, if you don’t then that’s OK as well.
    This site won’t become a mirror of PB because despite the hurt there is still a basis of respect for one another.
    2. Politics has always been about compromise. When you are in power sometimes you have to do things that might not be completely what you want in order to get a major part of your plan in place.The best examples for me are JG having a fixed price on Carbon rather than going straight to an ETS. This had to be done to get at least some package through.
    Can any of you remember Tony Blair at Leveson saying he was prepared to sup with Murdoch in order to get what he considered more important reforms into place.
    The Greens have it easy. They can sit and carp from the sidelines. But it’s a lot tougher when you actually have to make decisions
    Politics is not pure and sometimes you have to consider the lesser of evils

  2. Earlier today someone was tweeting this sort of thing –
    ‘Who would you choose as Minister for Infrastructure and Transport: Anthony (Norman) Albanese or Warren Truss ?’

    Minister for Health: Tanya Plibersek or Peter Dutton

    And more in the same vein.

    There is just no comparison between Labor’s front bench, even with some inexperience there now, and the wiIted, withered, recycled mob on the other side. There’s no contest at all. The problem is how do we get voters to see that.

  3. leone2

    There is just no comparison between Labor’s front bench, even with some inexperience there now, and the wiIted, withered, recycled mob on the other side. There’s no contest at all. The problem is how do we get voters to see that.

    Now that is a fact. Maybe these tweets should be repeatedly retweeted.

  4. The one bright spot I can see on the horizon is the disproportionately high number of females in Cabinet. It might have been done to nullify any feminist backlash about the methods used to destabilise Gillard. Or it may be that after the exodus, there are so many senior gaps that the females represented the best of the rising talents.

    Either way, I see another potential benefit. Spacey is quite right about Rudd. He is an incurable megalomaniac. That depth of quality women, added to the shocking experience of the past, may mean that there is more than just Albo to hang on to the choker chain.

    I could even imagine a situation where en masse they’d defend the Gillard legacy – by a mass walkout or resignations.

    It might hold together for a few months anyway.

  5. Victoria
    Great link.

    The nastiness directed towards Julia Gillard by female tweeters last Wednesday night was astounding, with Grace Collagen leading the pack. I’m talking about well educated professional women here, women who should know better and who would be the first to scream if such abuse was aimed at them. it’s nothing new though, this sort of nastiness has been around for a long, long time.

  6. Leonetwo,

    I blocked Grace. I refuse to give her a platform to speak to my followers. Arrogant? probably but I am not going to help spread her venom.

  7. leonetwo

    The past three years have been rather nasty, and if as a nation we take the time to reflect, it ought to be with shame.

  8. Looks like the ‘Superior Economic Managers’ in the Coalition, once fantasy teams turn into reality, are not that good with the public’s money at all:

  9. I didn’t know Parliamentary Secretaries are Ministers, Muskiemp? He may be in ministry but as far as I heard he is only a PS to PM.

  10. SK
    I don’t follow bothches like Collier, but others insist on retweeting.

  11. On a lighter note, we are back to having a Sports Minister who doesn’t know much about Sport. Don Farrell had to choose a Rugby League team to follow and made some sort of lame joke about the Wallabies chances against the British and Irish Lions. He’s probably only ever followed AFL up to today. 🙂

  12. As to graceless Collier, who at one point I accidentally called Cotterill, I had a few shots at her, as did Victora Rollison at her blog one point I mentioned to him that even he didn’tan-financial-review/#comment-2631
    The only resistance I got was from incurable Liberal troll,Iain Hall. I pointed out that even among his persistent trolling, I’d never known him to stoop as low as Graceless in bile and smear. Why would he bother to defend such. tasteless venom just because she lines up on the tory side?

  13. Got another email from that turd tony

    Dear Spacey,

    Today Simon Crean joined the exodus of 13 Labor MPs retiring from Parliament at the election. In the last week alone, five former senior Cabinet Ministers have made the decision to jump ship.

    It is no surprise that Kevin Rudd has had such difficulty finding capable people to serve in his Ministry. This is what his own Ministers have said about him:

    Kevin Rudd’s choice for Immigration Minister, Tony Burke, had this to say about Kevin Rudd last year:

    “The stories that were around of the chaos, of the temperament, of the inability to have decisions made – they are not stories”.
    (Tony Burke, 22 February 2012)

    Rudd’s new Youth Minister, Kate Ellis, said of him:

    “Kevin Rudd is the person who has been talking down the Prime Minister (Gillard) in deeply personal ways for well over a year, during the last election campaign and since then”.
    (Kate Ellis, 24 February 2012)

    Defence Minister Stephen Smith said:

    “If you wanted one sentence why the Cabinet and the Caucus and the party moved away from Kevin, it was because it became increasingly difficult, if not impossible, to work difficult issues through with him”.
    (Stephen Smith, 23 February 2012)

    And most extraordinarily, the person who Rudd asked to preside over our nation’s critical mining industry, Resources Minister Gary Gray, had this to say only ten days ago:

    “He (Rudd) doesn’t have the courage and the strength that’s required to do this job. What he can do is spread confusion. What he can do is get himself into the media. What he can do is create a lot of torment. What he can’t do is govern and what he can’t do is lead the Labor Party”.
    (Gary Gray, 21 June 2013)

    This is a weak Ministry in which Labor’s best refuse to serve. It is clear Labor is in chaos.

    Only an election will deliver a genuinely united government and a better future – for all Australians.

  14. While we are dithering around digesting last Wednesday’s detritus and running the risk of spoiling the architecture of a wonderful Pub we might like to take a little time out to consider the following.

    A scientist chap Stephen Emmott, who is head of the Microsoft Computation Laboratory at Cambridge and Professor Computational Science at Oxford has very recently published a book called Ten Billion. The title comes the fact that two hundred years ago there were one billion humans on this globe, now there are seven billion and by 2050 there will be more than ten billion. Problem, Earth. And WE are the problem.

    Emmott concludes the book with the following theme:
    Science is essentially organised scepticism. I spend my life trying to prove my work wrong or look for alternative explanations for my results. It’s called the Popperian condition of falsifiability. I hope I’m wrong. But the science points to my not being wrong. We can rightly call the situation we’re in an unprecedented emergency. We urgently need to do – and I mean actually do – something radical to avert a global catastrophe. But I don’t think we will. I think we’re fucked. I asked one of the most rational, brightest scientists I know – a scientist working in this area, a young scientist, a scientist in my lab – if there was just one thing he had to do about the situation we face, what would it be? His reply? “Teach my son how to use a gun.”

    Back to me (from Emmott). Our genes have carried us through a long evolutionary process to the success where we dominate the planet. And this success has carried the seeds of its own destruction. We ain’t got enough room and we all want to live and propagate and there ain’t enough room. So , regardless of whether Murdoch wins his rigged poker game with the Australian people or not, in the long run, and it’s not a very long run, a hundred or so years, it won’t matter. I guess it won’t matter for all of us on the blog but our grandchildren and great grandchildren and their kids won’t be worrying much whether their female leader has been chopped down and how she has been replaced. All the leaders (and their followers) will have a very short shelf life by then.

    So that’s the book to track down and read: Ten Billion by Stephen Emmott.

  15. “Andrew Leigh, ”

    Wonder if he decline an invitation. Too much talent not to used, even as a spokesman.

    Now we wait to see what the new Rudd will deliver. The next few hours should tell us. It will be interesting to see, what he dumps, because he has not got the guts to fight for.

    I suspect whatever he delivers, will not show Gillard in a good light.

    Some experts say, it is now time for a big idea, borrowing money to invest in, building for the future.

    Now, that would take guts. Would be the right thing to do, as well.

    I noticed Rudd claimed NDIS as his. Suggest to Mr. Rudd, talking about something, is not the same as delivering. Gillard spent the first part of her term, delivering what Rudd had talked about, but faltered when it came to delivering.

  16. How can Abbott say his front bench is superior. It has I believe ten from Howard’s government. Abbott has made no changes, and says they will be his front bench, with no changes, if he wins.

    Does not sound superior to me.

    Abbott calls that stability.

  17. Yes, it’s interesting to speculate now, with an uninspiring and generally loathed leader, Tony Abbott, whether the Coalition will move to replace him at the last hurdle with the more popular choice with the public, Malcolm Turnbull, in order to put them back in the game?

  18. He said that it was a part of his plan before he was deposed, or words to that effect. He praised Gillard for the hard work she did on it,

    What is Mark Butler like?

  19. space kidette,
    I think there’s an element of the Liberals now only preaching to the converted with their lines about who said what about Rudd. It appears to ring hollow when so many of the electorate obviously did not believe any of that and just wanted him back. Now they have Kevin back I don’t think they will warm to the Liberals trying to diss him so crudely.

  20. It will not be Turnbull. That is what is so frightening in my belief. Howard was behind getting Sinodinos in. I hate to say, but from what I see of him, I do not mind him. The other one that Howard pushed for, is Bough. Even rushed back from Oxford, without delivering a speech he went there to give. Surely it could not be that man.

    I am not being smart, but I cannot think of another on the Opposition bench, that is capable of being a leader.

  21. [ there was just one thing he had to do about the situation we face, what would it be? His reply? “Teach my son how to use a gun.”]
    Someone has been watching too many episodes of “Doomsday Preppers”

  22. brianmcisme,
    It’s why my husband and I postponed having children until our 30s. We knew all of that back then. However, we finally came to the conclusion that it was better to put a couple of thoughtful replacements on the planet than allow the thoughtless ones to dominate and outbreed us. Maybe one of ours might end up saving the Human Race from itself? 🙂

  23. victoria…

    So Govt by opinion polling is “democracy” …what the heck did we do before opinion polls were invented then….& is personal integrity & making un-popular decisions undemocratic now?…

    The ALP has made a grave mistake by yielding to the tyranny of one man’s megalomania & his three year guerilla war of undermining, bullying and publicly humiliating his DEMOCRATICALLY elected leader. His strategy of gaming the opinion polls and running interference with strategically timed public appearances was used to leverage his ‘popularity’ at the expense of Julia. Even today he couldn’t resist twisting the knife in Julia’s still raw wound …by wearing a pale blue tie at the swearing in ceremony …disgusting man!!

    Bushfire has often likened modern Australian politics to a TV reality show …he’s spot on, as usual.

    Rudd, the white blue tie wearing Christian family man has been voted in …Julia, the white, atheist un-married & childless woman has been voted out.

    Asylum Seekers, demonised by both major parties & left to drown by the Greens are voted out… Same Sex Marriage is voted in.

    Govt by Opinion Polling is clearly the preferred option these days …how do I know? …Galaxy and Newspoll told me…

  24. Looks like the case against Craig Thomson is falling apart, if David Donovan’s tweets are anything to go by. The most important – and, when you think about it, obvious – point made by the Magistrate was that “incidentals” were part of the allowed expenses on Thomson’s credit card. So the bulk of the charges against him can be thrown out on that basis alone.

  25. Latest Morgan has the ALP up 51.5 to 48.5.

    That Essential may well be better than it looks too, if it’s a rolling average.

  26. He said that it was a part of his plan before he was deposed, or words to that effect

    First time I’ve heard that.

  27. Aguirre,
    Wixxy said that Craig Thomson was asking for a Summary Judgement from the Magistrate today on all charges to date. Looks like he got the outcome he expected.

    It’s worth bringing parliament back for one week to see the look on the Coalition’s faces when Craig Thomson gets up in parliament and unloads on them! 😀

  28. Gippsland Laborite,
    I think Fed Up is confusing the fact that Rudd said today that Disability Care has always been a Labor policy and that he fully supported the idea when he was Prime Minister the first time. Not that it was his idea.

    It was Whitlam’s idea originally.

  29. Whit Goughlam ‏@leftocentre 6m
    .@GregHuntMP tied in knots by @David_Speers on #pmagenda With no leadership to dribble it’s all about policy.

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