The Greens party seems a bit surprised that stubbornly supporting a policy that has hundreds of desperate refugees drowning at sea might annoy some of their Labor mates. But they’re not so shocked that haven’t tried to turn the criticism into a grubby fund-raising opportunity. If they slithered any lower, they’d be subterranean.
The barest of criticisms from a few Labor people (some are still trying to negotiate with the alien invaders trying to convince themselves they come in peace) about the Greens’ failure to support PM Gillard’s desperate efforts to stop asylum seekers drowning at sea has provoked much sobbing and gnashing of teeth in the Greens bunker.
In a missive sent today from the hapless Greens leader Christine Milne, who delivers the same unpleasant message Bob Brown used to deliver but in a much more hectoring and didactic way, complete with the forced and pained smile of an S&M mistress (our knowledge of this is completely theoretical, we assure), to Greens party donor-trons, she remarks:
“We are under attack”
Oh dear. Imagine being criticised for your policies, especially when they are directly causing hundreds of people to drown. The Greens of course reckon refugees in the news is a recruiting opportunity.
WE OPPOSE MONEY POLITICS SO MUCH, YOU PROBABLY SHOULD GIVE US SOME
Emphasising to their wealthy tax-conscious donors (like Graeme Wood, the developer who gave the Greens $1.6M, a national record in political donations) that loot given to Christine Milne’s party (no doubt her parties are rather drab affairs unless Sarah Hanson-Young is there to hit on the married blokes) is tax-deductible, she says that the Greens political party’s “shared values” are under attack and that they are being threatened by nasty Labor people.
Threatened with being held accountable for once for the decisions they’ve made. And, to be honest, we are unconvinced that Labor is actually serious about dealing with the Greens. We wonder how many Labor seats this bizarro, extremist, self-indulgent party will steal before some will get serious. But that’s a story for another time.
THE AGE TO THE RESCUE ONE LAST TIME BEFORE RECEIVERS ARE CALLED IN
The Greens’ solution to anyone even vaguely criticising them?
Hitting up their rich mates for even more money (they seem to have already spent Graeme Wood’s $1.6M) to buy an ad in The Age newspaper to denounce those who ail them while talking up their lightweight candidate in Melbourne, whose own ethical and conflict-of-interest situation is said to be highly worthy of scrutiny and accountability.
Everyone says she’s going to win, perhaps if she does, it will be the final wake-up call some Labor comrades and some Tories too needed to realise that this extreme left party is proving much more persistent and organisationally capable than its extremist predecessor, One Nation.
Without Bob Brown, and with Christine Milne, they are, to be sure, weakened. But they might not look so weak if they win the election, admittedly in a by-election scenario where Labor strategists have caused much puzzlement by campaigning against Ted Baillieu when they’re not actually running against a Liberal candidate.
Hopefully they know what they’re doing. It certainly doesn’t have the same vibe as the Albert Park campaign where – even if the candidate’s heart wasn’t in it – there was a very tough campaign of truth and accountability that drove the Greens crazy and drove their vote down, down, down like a Coles brand farmer-exploiting litre of milk.
So that’s the real truth of it. Labor has quite consciously not held the Greens to account in this Melbourne by-election. Not even close. Labor leader Daniel Andrews has made some good arguments in his typically articulate way but a tough accountability campaign doesn’t – and ought not – come from the Leader’s mouth. Those responsible will have much to think about if it doesn’t work. The only sh*t-sheet that’s gone out was on Stephen Mayne, the conspiracy theorist and increasingly mad, sad candidate, who is widely believed to have put it out on himself to gain media attention. He’s certainly publishing the anonymous (and therefore illegal electoral material) sheet on his website, itself a breach of electoral laws. His threatened election to the Melbourne council will undoubtedly ensure it sinks into a quagmire of smear, rancour, excremental delusion and conspiracy theory for which he is now well-known in the normally sleepy hollow of Manningham council.
HOW LONG CAN THE GREEN PARASITE KEEPING SUCKING LABOR’S BLOOD?
Back to the Greens. Their reaction to a few high-ranking NSW ALP people waking up to the legacy Richo left them, an ultra-left and mega-irresponsible Greens party slowing dividing the left side of politics in the same way as the DLP did a generation before, reveals how deeply nervous they are about being found out to be the parasite that aims to kill its Labor host. “Replace the bastards,” they say.
And just like the mad Scientology cult, when confronted by critics, they lash out, use the attacks to hit on the devoted for just a little bit more loot and use that financial muscle to buy a little more time and delude just a few more followers.
Their demise is inevitable, as Scientology’s seems to be too, but Labor’s challenge is to finish off this dark threat to democracy now their charismatic leader Bob Brown has left the scene. Only they can do it. The Liberals and others can help the cause, but this is truly a Labor mission, a Labor responsibility.
Labor’s tepid effort in the Melbourne by-election suggests they have a long way to go. But the efforts of thought leaders like AWU national secretary Paul Howes and NSW ALP boss Sam Dastyari – picking up on a pathway pioneered by former Victorian party secretary Stephen Newnham – might yet inspire hope even in the darkness.
History teaches us one thing above all else. Appeasement doesn’t work.
History teaches us one thing above all else. Appeasement doesn’t work. It emboldens the foe and weakens the spirit. The Greens party’s vile intention – to divide and conquer progressive politics on behalf of an extremist, ultra-leftist agenda – cannot be defeated gently or easily or in any way that will not attract criticism from Greens party allies like The Age and some at the ABC. Nick Mack, our Liberal correspondent, put this very well yesterday. And his view is the view of many decent Liberals, they might not agree with Labor or social democrats on many things but – for the good of the nation – they’d much rather face a moderate left-wing foe and occasionally lose than have the country lurch from one extreme of politics to another like a Banana Republic.
The Liberals and Nationals had the challenge of defeating One Nation. They did it. It wasn’t easy. At one stage One Nation looked like a bushfire burning out of control, threatening to destroy the conservatives in regional Australia. But they defeated them. Destroyed them, in fact.
Equally, Labor has endured splits on its side of politics before. The DLP split was a gravely serious threat, arguably much more so than the Greens party because they were from the party’s moderate right.
Now the trumpet summons Labor again. And it’s not a call to an easy fight. It’s existential and difficult. It’s a call to stand up for working people and the moderate, electable, progressive party they built, initially through unions and now much bigger and broader than that. The Greens have been nurtured, fed, coddled and indulged as a parasite for far too long. Those who think Labor has woken up to that completely are being far too optimistic. But the dawn is coming. I can sense it. Something snapped the day the Greens voted for a policy they knew was going to lead more asylum seekers to drown. Even the most Greens-appeasing Labor person realised what they were dealing with: an irresponsible, cynical and sinister foe that must be eliminated, not just for the political benefit of the Labor party but for the good of the nation.
And if the Greens do win Melbourne with a mediocre candidate, whose party’s record and policies have gone mostly unscrutinised in the by-election, I think it might finally be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.