The propensity of the left to prattle on with cliché and to state ideological dogma with conviction where there is no conviction never ceases to amaze me. It means therefore that selecting twerpie, insincere, candidates at election time is no problem. Any cause or stupidity can be espoused since it is only immediately revocable talk. In pursuit of this philosophy, the Labor Party has picked some gem candidates for the forthcoming election.
There is the physically attractive Maxine McKew who still has done nothing the whole year except smile whenever a camera is pointed in her direction and mouthe cliché. Or South Australian high-achiever Nicole Cornes who seems to know zilch about Labor or Labor policies (more gems here and here) or, indeed, the latest boy-wonder Dominic Rose, aged a mere 20, the Labor candidate for O’Connor. This boy can talk.
Six months ago Rose described Kevin Rudd as a ‘filthy Liberal’ who ‘had to be convinced to get rid of WorkChoices legislation and he has refused to enforce the near-century-old rule that parliamentarians be union members’. Rudd has ‘not made any commitment to advancing Aboriginal land rights and will actually make it harder for indigenous Australians to access social security’. Rose notes any reading of the Labor Party's own constitution would suggest it was pretty much committed to 'killing capitalist pig dogs and establishing a dictatorship of the proletariat'. Errr…yes.
But as he now acknowledges ‘I was acting in my position as a student representative and a political reporter for the newspaper. I was trying to be sensationalist’. It was just me ‘ranting’. Yes, just talk.
A vote for Labor later this year is partly a vote for idealistic intelligence. It is also a vote for an appalling bunch of nitwits that will replace the best government Australia has enjoyed in 50 years. The dishonesty, incompetence and insincerity inside the Labor ranks is just so pervasive. Kevin Rudd is a decent bloke but nothing can change the Labor Party.