Why the fuck should I?
That was my immediate response when I first spotted that Australian Labor tweet on social mediocre urging me to join (or in my case, rejoin after decades away) the party and help take up the fight to the unre-electable Morrison government that just got re-elected.
Why the fuck should I?
Which is pretty sad because that’s exactly what I first thought of doing when the red-hot rage over what happened on May 18 was still roiling away merrily.
But it didn’t last long. The rejoining the ALP bit. The reddish-hottish anger remains although that poses a fresh question all in itself: why the fuck should I still be burning up for Australia when Labor clearly isn’t?
As Labor’s tweet says: “Will you help us fight for a fairer Australia…?” Really, ALP? Then please give me a fucking sign you might rock up to the 2022 election with even one policy that might achieve that.
Labor rolled over quickly enough in the election aftermath. Stuck its arse in the air like a chastised dog and screamed out to the Australian public: kick me hard and kick me often because I’ve been very, very naughty and it won’t happened again.
It took my breath away how quickly Labor was out of the blocks to show contrition and apologise for its tranche of election policies.
Then we had Anthony Albanese’s absurd “listening” tour of Queensland where Labor lost the election.
As I mentioned at the time: listening? How about aggressively telling voters they were conned by the most sustained and most expensive litany of lies, a farrago of fibs, in Australian political history.
What did voters on that listening tour tell Albo?
You shouldn’t have called for a retirees’ tax: Did Albo say “sorry!” or did he say we didn’t.
You shouldn’t have called for a car tax: Did Albo say “sorry!” or did he say we didn’t.
You shouldn’t have called for a rent tax: Did Albo say “sorry!” or did he say we didn’t.
You shouldn’t have called for a housing tax: Did Albo say “sorry!” or did he say we didn’t.
You shouldn’t have called for a 40% death duties tax: Did Albo say “sorry!” or did he say we didn’t.
You shouldn’t have called for all coal mines to be shut down and not just Adani: Did Albo say “sorry!” or did he say we didn’t.
So here I am, getting onto a month after May 18 and still moderately red-hot with rage and feeling desperately sorry for Australia’s future because I truly believed Labor had the best set of policies, especially those that reined in unaffordable tax rorts and other outdated payments and subsidies. Yet, still, Labor remains on its knees, head down and arse up, saying: “Kick me hard …or worse!”
It didn’t take former left-wing warrior Albo long to be out there saying someone on $200,000 a year was not the “top end of town”. Even the ranga joined in, with Julia Gillard slamming the number of policies that Labor offered.
Then came the wedge and humiliating backdown on the three-tiered personal tax income laws.
My view is simple: if you don’t believe in something, you don’t fucking vote for it. For make no mistake, the Turnbull and now Morrison governments have twice now trashed conventions, lied and cheated their way back into the power they crave – or is their God-given right – but clearly have no real interest in providing the services normally expected of a federal government.
With the passing of that legislation, our nation’s progressive tax system has basically been thrashed. We’re now well on the way to a flat-rate system that simply will not provide the funds needed for education, health, infrastructure and the like as the first quarter of this century ticks over.
But because Labor thought it might be accused of being against tax breaks for those on lower incomes – I guess that’s the small end of town? – if they didn’t support the whole unscrambled package, it rolled over and took one on – or up the arse – once again.
And guess what? As many predicted, the government is smashing Labor over the decision anyway, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg – who in some ways more than matches Scott Morrison for mendacity – saying this week that Labor opposed the $1000 plus tax relief for those on low incomes.
Then we have Penny Wong hinting Labor might be amenable to Morrison’s religious discrimination law changes? Where the fuck is freedom from religion legislation that would make a lot more sense to an increasingly heathen and atheist Australia.
So I say once again to the Labor Party and its plea to join and take up the fight: why the fuck should I?
There’s never ever going to be a struck match between the two sides on border protection and the treatment of refugees, apart from some wishy-washy pledge to resettle those poor bastards somewhere in a more humane time-frame before they kill themselves, so what else is there to fight for?
A party seemingly hellbent on going to the next election with the smallest target possible and maybe with a slogan: “It’s time to try Liberal Lite”?
I have no idea what sort of grassroots people are in my local Labor branch but do they share my white hot anger over Labor abandoning so readily a whole heap of well-thought-out policies?
What would be my chances of getting a motion up calling in federal Labor to stop fucking apologising and start attacking this shitty, awful government?
To stop taking it up the arse and call out Morrison instead for the appalling non-Christian that he is.
And who the fuck in federal Labor is going to listen even if we sent such motions up the line?
All I see at the moment is a supposedly left-wing Opposition Leader being played off a break by Morrison’s mob as he tries his best to be bugger-all different from a government made up of more boofheads, bores, bullies and braggarts than ever before with the departure of the likes of Pyne, Bishop and Keenan.
But I can tell Albanese right now: playing Mr Nice Not Really All That Different Guy isn’t going to get him into the Lodge.
Morrison has a winning template now: he’s going to come after Albanese with highly personal attacks over the next three years before another campaign packed full of porkies backed by Rupe’s rotten rags. Hopefully, Clive Palmer will be broke or dead by then.
If Albanese just sits there and smiles and takes it up the arse like poor Bill Shorten did, then the 2022 election is lost already.
And yet here I am being urged to rejoin the Labor Party and join the fight “for a fairer Australia”.
The way Albanese and his team are behaving at the moment – and based on my best guess as to the policy-free pitch they’ll be making at the election, having abandoned all the money-raising policies that made their 2019 promises for a fairer Australia possible, then why the fuck should I?