9952Re: LATHAM EXPERIMENT FAILS SPECTACULARLY
- Oct 12, 2004By Bob Gould
Peter Boyle and his Newtown election day informant have considerable
difficulty in giving an honest or accurate account of exchanges or
events. I got to the Newtown booth about 11.45am and worked there
until about 4.45pm. I found myself a little chair facing the queue of
people waiting to vote, and incidentally I installed myself next to
the solitary Liberal booth worker, who paradoxically I know slightly
because he occasionally comes into my shop.
When I arrived at the booth, a couple of the Labor booth workers told
me that a young DSPer there had been giving them verbal curry about
same-sex marriage, and they had told him to piss off. This bloke
happens to be the young Grand Inquisitor, one of the judge-jury-
executioner trinity who hunted LF out of the DSP.
This individual then started on me about the same-sex marriage
question. I gave him a serve, rather publicly, I admit, about the
sectarian posture of the DSP towards the rather leftist Labor
election campaign. I had the louder voice, and he pissed off. The
exchange took fully two minutes.
The rest of the afternoon -- the other four hours and 58 minutes -- I
used my loud, foghorn voice to attack the Liberal canvasser and the
Howard government. My pitch was boot Howard out, get rid of the
people who drown refugees and took us to a war we didn't want, and
who dare to show their faces at Newtown. I got a good response to
that for the nearly five hours I did it for.
Most people in the queue, other than the odd Liberal, rather liked my
agitprop. The other pitch I made was to the people who were looking
carefully at the Green how to vote ticket, and I said: "If you're
leaning towards the Greens, you can vote for the Greens in the
Senate, but you should consider voting for Labor in the lower house,
because we badly need Tanya Plibersek in the Labor caucus, as she's
the most forthright leftist there."
I used that line of argument because I genuinely believe it, despite
differences I have with Plibersek from time to time on major
It's my informed impression that a very large number of Labor booth
staff around the inner-city voted for Plibersek in the house and the
Greens in the Senate. In the event 2000 more people voted for the
Greens in the Senate in the seat of Sydney than voted for them in the
house, and that was reflected at the Newtown booth.
At the Newtown booth, at the last elections the Greens outpolled
Labor, but this time Labor outpolled the Greens in the house by a
Readers of this list should note the form of Peter Boyle's untruth by
omission. He elevates the two-minute exchange between me and the
young DSP Grand Inquisitor into the central event of the afternoon,
and he ignores all the rest because it isn't DSP-centric. What a
The afternoon's activities were witnessed by the young Grand
Inquisitor, another young bloke from the DSP, by a bloke from the ISO
and by both the Labor and Greens booth workers, and they know I'm
telling the truth about the exchanges and the form of my agitation.
The Labor booth workers, the Green booth workers and myself were
attacking the Liberals, and the main DSP bloke was attacking the
Labor booth workers. End of story.
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