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Old 05-07-2017, 10:10 PM   #106
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Mark Latham has joined the Liberal Democrats lololol
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Mark Latham has joined the Liberal Democrats lololol
Well unlike some of his fellow nutter Sky News colleagues, at least he's having a go. Rowan Dean on the other hand. Sometimes I think there is too much oxygen on this planet.
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Fuck that's funny.

As for the ALP ad thing, the first thing I noticed wasn't the ethnically homogeneous photo, but the really crude formulation of protectionist economic rhetoric. And, frankly, that is the far more important debate. The hue and cry about not having a more diverse group in the photograph is a distraction. Essentially, what's more important? That the ALP have an ad that proves they represent non-Anglo workers, in a media cycle that will have turned far away within a week, or that we have a meaningful debate about whether protectionism is an appropriate long-term economic direction of this country? Does this gel with other ALP policies? Does this recognise the realities of globalised labour and production? These are big questions we should be debating with far-reaching implications for everybody in this country, not who's in some dumb fucking photo no-one will remember on Friday.
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It's a really weird one because it's obviously been made to pander to the right (which is despicable as it is) but then they've come out and owned the lack of diversity in the video. Laughable. It's like, you're either embracing pearl-clutching nationalism or you aren't, you can't have it both ways.
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This would have to be one of the more foolish columns I've seen in a while https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...tion-landslide.

Regardless of what you personally think about Jeremy Corbyn, does the author have not the slightest awareness of how the procedures for electing the leader of the British Labour Party work? Let alone how those of our own local party have changed in the three and a half decades since Hawke was installed.

It's also a terrible example as Hayden would have won in 1983. Anyone would have.
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Van Badham has somehow become even worse over the last few years. A quick look at her Twitter only confirms that. She's a complete sycophant to the ALP, has made absolutely no comment on the Shorten ad, attacks the Greens - she's essentially a garden variety liberal still desperately trying to masquerade as a socialist.

The article's funny because she was a massive fan of Corbyn until a year ago, and it seems to have coincided with the beginning of her uncritical adoration of Hillary Clinton.
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Mate, she's a fucking idiot. Was a massive Greens shill until the whole preference deals thing happened and then completely flipped and now supports the ALP, despite the fact that they have many, many shitty policies.

Shorten shits me up the wall. His first budget reply was great but he was his usual boring self this year and worse on 730 afterwards. I'd dearly love it if Albo became the leader, but Shorten's got a pretty good grip on it.

Was also fun watching all News Corp people shit themselves over a "Labor" budget. Bolt in particular wrote a terrible, irrelevant column. Hilarious.
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It's also a terrible example as Hayden would have won in 1983. Anyone would have.

Yep, the old drover's dog. Such an odd example to pick, but it fits with how the cult of Hawke and Keating has become especially strong. When I wrote that article in January attaching Hawke's idiotic ahistorical piffle about the states, it met stony silence from my ALP friends. Hawke is apparently beyond reproach.

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The article's funny because she was a massive fan of Corbyn until a year ago, and it seems to have coincided with the beginning of her uncritical adoration of Hillary Clinton.

She has turned awful hot takes into an artform. Her massive changes in position are hilariously abrupt, especially because they're based on the dumbest reasons. Her disavowal of the Greens is actually incoherent and proves she does not get most of what goes on around her.

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Was also fun watching all News Corp people shit themselves over a "Labor" budget. Bolt in particular wrote a terrible, irrelevant column. Hilarious.

This was the BEST. Bolt et al somehow managed to make themselves into even bigger flogs.
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She has turned awful hot takes into an artform. Her massive changes in position are hilariously abrupt, especially because they're based on the dumbest reasons. Her disavowal of the Greens is actually incoherent and proves she does not get most of what goes on around her.
Ideologically, she's a mess. She tries to take bits and pieces from separate places but together it's all very incoherent.
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The best thing I can say about Shorten is that, from what little reportage we get of such things, he seems to be a good operator behind the scenes, generally respected for how he goes about the business of herding cats. And we don't live in a presidential system; yet.

So while I find Bill Shorten about as exciting as a soggy banana sandwich, I think there is reason to hope for some good from the next Labor government. Put it this way, more reason than there was in 2007 or 2004. I think even Bill gets on some level that 'me tooism' will not be the order of the day (and for those with short memories, Kevin Rudd ran a distinctly bland and non ideological campaign to see off Howard a decade ago. A lot has changed since then).

I don't know what happens if they screw it up. The Coalition is exhausted. Notions of a radical-right supremacy in Australia strike me as overcooked, but still and all. I hope they don't screw it up.
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The passport cancellation/travel ban?

So on board with that. Perhaps kick the cunts in the balls (not really a sentence that makes sense) as well.
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