The ties that bind

Tuesday, 22 April 2014   State of the parties   7 comments 

This is moving towards something new: cutting any overt links to social groups and special interests and formalising the detachment of the political system from voters that is already there.

Politics of the void

Monday, 20 January 2014   State of the parties   21 comments 

There is a tendency to see the Abbott government as an aberration much as there was to see the Rudd-Gillard period as an aberration. It is not. This is it.

2013 could be summed up as the year when neither Labor under Rudd, nor the Coalition under Abbott proved capable of filling the gap left by the exhaustion of Labor’s historical project under Gillard.

Disillusionment

Tuesday, 24 December 2013   State of the parties, Tactics   25 comments 

If the left’s last hope is disruption from the Liberal right, so Abbott is helped by the phoney polarities of the left. The pas de deux continues.

The left have been portraying Indonesia as the victim and Australia as the bully but the reality is more the reverse.

Into a vacuum could step somebody that has never made a point of standing for anything (or behind anyone) in particular. From that angle, Labor might have just found its best candidate.

Unity

Tuesday, 17 September 2013   State of the parties   6 comments 

The will for unity merely reflects the reality of Labor today after the historic left-right battles and the more recent battles between the reformers and the power brokers have run their course.

Relief

Monday, 9 September 2013   State of the parties   22 comments 

The end of that tension in Labor is because Rudd’s failure has meant there is now no one in Labor who can turn an attack on the party’s existing power structures into an electoral asset.

Rudd’s problem was that he did not clarify why he was distinct from the party that had dumped him and the institutions that had blocked his return, which would have given the “New Way” slogan any meaning.

Momentum

Monday, 19 August 2013   State of the parties, Tactics   12 comments 

In failing to make its anti-political attack on the Coalition, Labor is seeing it rebound and they being the “political” operators.

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