19464Re: Fighting Howard's attacks
- Jul 2 6:47 PMBy Bob Gould
I'm grateful for the calm tone of Kathy Newnam's respnse to my
critique, despite the political differences between us. I'm impressed
by a DSP activist who obviously has a sense of humour, as well. We'll
have to stop barking at each other.
You still don't address the question of what seems obvious to me, that
the ALP, the trade unions and the indigenous communities in the NT are
not one reactionary mass, and that there is clearly a left and right
within those organisations.
All I ever see from the DSP in the NT is exposure rhetoric. I'd be
interested to know if you ever make non-sectarian approaches to the
left of those organisations, or whether you simply demand that they
ditch their Labor allegiances and accept the political leadership of
I am aware that from time to time DSP cadres in the NT do take a bit
of notice of points made by others. A couple of years ago, when I
raised the difficult question of the contradictory aspects of the
demand for legalisation of heroin in the NT, given the interests of
the indigenous communities, the DSP seemed to drop off from making
that demand such a prominent part of its agitation.
I raise these strategic questions not to be abusive towards DSP
activists but to try to get a serious discussion going on important
I'll be interested to see you see your further exposures of other ALP
crimes, and I'd also be interested to know if ALP activists in the NT
do anything of which you approve.
Maybe we can continue this discussion when you've published your
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