33900Queensland election wrap-up
- Sep 19, 2006By Bob Gould
Dave Riley's absurdist "analysis" of the Queensland election in the
latest Green Left Weekly confirms that the failure to comment in GLW
immediately after the election was political rather than technical.
Like a bourgeois commentator, Riley treats the massive vote for Labor
as politically inexplicable. He can't even bring himself to mention
the dramatic role played by support for Labor based on opposition to
Howard's anti-union laws.
He doesn't even mention the swing to Labor in provincial industrial
centres. For Riley, the only significant points are the Socialist
Alliance vote and the 2 per cent swing to the Greens.
For the rest, the more class-conscious half of the electorate that
voted Labor is treated implicitly as foolish and misguided. Riley
still holds out hope that these foolish people may see the light and
vote for the Socialist Alliance at some time in the future. Fat chance.
In fact, the 1.8 per cent or so vote for the Socialist Alliance with a
high-profile indigenous candidate actually represents a dramatic drop
on the previous election because, as Riley himself blurts out in
passing, in the previous election an indigenous independent candidate
in the same seat got 1.3 per cent of the vote. The indigenous
candidate from that election supported Sam Watson in this latest
election, so it is likely that the 1.3 per cent indigenous vote in the
area transferred to the Socialist Alliance. Taking away that
indigenous vote, it looks like the Socialist Alliance contributed just
0.5 per cent to Watson's vote.
Anyway, it's back to business for the DSP leadership. More scolding
scoundrel chatter about crimes of the Labor leadership and preparation
for a hastily organised Socialist Alliance national conference, the
keynote of which is exposing both major political parties in the next
round of elections.
It's pretty clear that the Socialist Alliance conference is intended
to increase the pressure on the opposition in the DSP, whose reasoned
internal critique of the whirling dervish activity of the Boyle
leadership seems to be driving the leadership to further bursts of
I feel a bit sorry for all the inhabitants of the DSP, the internal
situation of which is now so tense and hysterical. It's quite obvious
that the hastily convened Socialist Alliance conference doesn't have
much to do with developments in national or international politics,
and everything to do with the internal situation in the DSP.
Coolly considered, it's rather bizarre to drag the members of an
ostensibly national organisation to Geelong for a national conference.
Politics is the science of perspective and Riley's meandering alleged
analysis of the Queensland elections, essentially attacking that
state's working class for their lack of understanding in re-electing
Labor, and the histrionic tone of the call for the Socialist Alliance
conference, both underline the complete lack of realistic political
perspectives among the Boyle leadership of the DSP.
On a more personal note, there is a curious cyber-construct on the DSP
list called Roger Raven. It looks like he's not a real person, but one
of the cyber-constructs that infest the web. This construct has
learned exchanges with Boyleite leaders in which he disagrees a bit
with the DSP in a nice way, and praises the DSP leaders for their
erudition, etc, etc.
Now and then this construct is wheeled out to throw shit at me, and in
the heat of the exchange last week he hurled a Stalinist slander I
haven't heard for 30 years: that Bob Gould is a hardened right-wing
provocateur. If this Raven wasn't a cyber-construct he could easily
indicate that he has good reason for concealing his identity and at
least the politic direction from which he's coming: whether he's some
sort of socialist, Green, etc.
He never does that, and in the absence of a political indication as to
where Raven is coming from, the strong probability is that he's a
cyber-construct, and as with all such constructs, one must ask who
I've also copped a bit of abuse this week, which is hardly new for me,
from Tognolini the clown. He whinges that my attacks on him are too
harsh. Gee whiz. After all, he has been attacking me since way back
when, and I've just defended myself.
He also confuses himself and the DSP leadership with "the left", and
accuses me of always attacking "the left". That's megalomania of an
Tognolini keeps throwing round a quote that he alleges is from the
courageous African-American leader Malcolm X: "If you're not part of
the solution you're part of the problem."
Tognolini the clown makes his use of this phrase directly personal to
me. Well, perhaps all African-Americans look the same to Tognolini.
The courageous Malcolm X didn't say that, but Eldridge Cleaver, who is
a quite different kettle of fish. Cleaver was initially a flamboyant
ultraleft who proclaimed that raping white women was a revolutlionary
act. Later he made his peace with US imperialism, got evangelical
Christian religion and ran for office as a right-wing Republican. At
one stage in his curious evolution he made a widely publicised living
Tognolini the clown is so reckless in his verbal torrents that he
doesn't know the difference between Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver.
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