Workers’ party no more

Old Labor and New: One of these things is not like the other

In 2015 the right-leaning United Voice union released a YouTube ad that was a devastating critique of the direction the Labor party were taking.

The ad showed a typical suburban couple who build a house, which they invest with their values and their hard-earned cash. But their house is gradually taken over by a freeloading mob of lawyers, activists, minority groups and a troupe of clowns called ‘political staffers’. When differences arise, the rest vote to kick out the working couple who built the house, while demanding that they keep paying the bills.

The ad warns that this is what?s happening to ?your political party? a trade unionist?s house?, and that it was time for workers to reclaim their house.

Within hours, the Labor party forced United Voice to take the ad down.

Right then, it was clear exactly where Labor were heading. Labor were no longer a workers’ party: they were the party of clowns, weirdo activists and grifting lawyers. Workers’ union dues paid the bills but their values and aspirations were thrown on the scrapheap.

Any lingering doubt about this trend was removed today with the launch of Labor?s new policy platform. The defining policy statement for the ‘workers’ party’ is a grab-bag of fringe identity politics and virtue signalling.Quote:

Mentions of ?intersex? ? that?s the ?I? in LGBTIQ, in case you didn?t know ? occur 63 times, ahead of those more esoteric concerns such as ?wealth? (61 times) and ?inequality? (47). Whatever intersex means ? or is ? it?s also far more important than ?ownership? (12 mentions), ?production? (18) and ?distribution? (10).

That ?bisexual? out-mentions ?poverty?, 31 to 23, says it all. Ben Chifley and Bill McKell, Labor leaders who once championed the dignity and incomes of ordinary men and women, whatever their bedroom proclivities, must be turning in their graves. The light on the hill is now more like a strobe disco ball in a gay nightclub.

The 15 mentions of ?LGBTIQ? and a further 21 of ?LGBTI? ? ?together roughly on par with ?homelessness? (41) ? perhaps ?reflects the ascendant intersex faction?s Bolshevik-style crushing of the formerly dominant queers, whose more mainstream views are going out of style.End of quote.

Even when it touches on a classic Labor class-warfare issue like banking, any sort of economic policy is tossed aside in favour of feminist hand waving.Quote:

Labor will ?establish a Commissioner for Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex ?Status issues, to work across government and the private sector?. Just what we need, someone else on $339,460 a year to tweet and ?foment grievance.

?Gender? is mentioned even more than ?tax?, 126 to 105 times.End of quote.

Indeed, one of the few economic issues mentioned in the policy platform is a massive whack to workers rather than a hand up.?Quote:

Labor?s determination to ratchet up the rate of compulsory superannuation to 12 per cent positively hurts them. ?Raising the super guarantee doesn?t just ?reduce workers? take-home pay, it also hits the federal budget. It is a myth that superannuation reduces government spending on ?retirement,? concludes the Grattan Institute in a paper out today.End of quote.

The middle-class obsession with fringe ‘alternative medicine’ nuttiness also gets a nod.Quote:

The top priority in the health chapter is ?promoting wellness, preventing disease?. Great news for naturopaths, I guess.End of quote.

Mark Latham, the last old-school Labor leader (now tellingly a hated Goldstein figure), devastatingly critiqued current leader, Bill ‘Shifty’ Shorten as a leader ?passionately committed to symbolism?, who only tackled ?issues that are easy: flimflam such as gay marriage, indigenous constitutional recognition and the republic.?

The United Voice ad was killed by Labor because it told an uncomfortable truth. Labor are now the party of inner-city university-educated elitists, not working people struggling to pay the bills (especially electricity bills, which are skyrocketing thanks to Labor?s trendy obsession with ‘renewable’ energy).Quote:

Why is the oldest political party in Australia so ?obsessed with this marginal, elitist rubbish?

? Labor?s apparent focus on identity politics [is] so far removed from the concerns of ordinary people as to be comical.End of quote.