Labor needs heart transplant (letter)by Brian HandleyNews Weekly
, December 4, 2004
Labor's backflip on key policy positions regarding trees, health, etc, and its pledge to embrace the "upwardly mobile" middle class, demonstrates that Labor will never reach Chifley's "light on the hill".
The "true believers", who keep searching for Chifley's fabled light, will now have no place in Latham's policy-on-the-run Labor Party, as Michael O'Connor from the CFMEU Forestry Union is about to find out. O'Connor is now facing possible expulsion (à la Brian Harradine) for daring to campaign for his members' jobs, and thus against Latham's tree-hugging policy.
Moreover, we are now told by former Latham speech-writer, Dennis Glover, that Labor's traditional heartland has become "Kath and Kim land", whatever that means.
Mr Latham goes on to say in his latest edict that, henceforth, the party will be driven by "pragmatism not ideology".
This is code for "whatever it takes to win office", and therein lies his problem.
The Democrats have been occupying this political wasteland since the 1980s. It has now all but consumed them and will likewise cause the ALP to wither on Calwell's vine.
The modern-day problems for Labor can be traced back to the historical split of 1955, when the left/communist forces contrived to destroy the party's genuine true believers and thus its own political heart. Maybe "it's time" 50 years on, to have a heart transplant to replace the one destroyed in 1955.Brian Handley