34469Re: ALP's Tree of Knowledge officially dead
- Oct 6, 2006If you want a gauge of what the ``rank and file'' Labor
supporter/voter/member really thinks about ``their'' party, you need
only stand around on a street corner for any length of time waving a
copy of Green Left Weekly in the air, as I do for three hours every
Saturday. I know Bob Gould and some others won't believe it, but the
criticisms of Beazley, Iemma et al.'s ``me-tooism'' that comes
unsolicited and often from buyers and others who stop certainly
disprove the idea that somehow the analysis that GLW and the
propaganda of Socialist Alliance alienates these people is not true.
Just having come back from my 13-an-hour sales spot (this week in
``leafy'' Leura, but my excuse is that there is a big street fair
there and its a two-week issue) and as always many buyers and those
who stop to chat, probably a third of them, after bagging Howard,
directly say something along the lines of ``but Beazley's not much
better'' or ``Labor isn't prepared to say what needs to be said''.
None of my ``wild'', ``sectarian'' and ``mad'' ravings put them off,
in fact I have try to rein them in!
Also if you want to get an idea of what some ALP members/supporters
are saying, just go over to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/alp/
--- In GreenLeft_discussion@yahoogroups.com, "dave_r_riley"
> Aside from the fact that I hold no leadership role at any level in the
> DSP...I nonetheless find my "incoherent anecdote" fascinating as it
> indicates the shift that has occurred in the last century within the
> ALP as such activity is a stark index of modern times -- times that
> the ALP was crucial in fostering into being -- primarily through the
> Hawke /Keating government but also through the near monopoly the ALP
> has had over the states.
> On this issue Bob's getting quite paranoid as any adjective or hyphen
> is thought to indicate massive petulant disdain for the rank and
> file of the ALP. The game is that the only ones who have the temerity
> to criticize Labor are dedicated sectarians such as I. So all Bob does
> is cry: foul! --as though some one elected him as the umpire for the
> whole Australian left.
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