SO LABOR MUST STICK WITH SHORTEN EH?
... like hell it must!
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Uncle Kevin’s only claim to fame is that he may have lost fewer seats than Gillard would have in the 2013 election. It was still a record-breaking landslide loss and everything else involving Kev was calibrated in varying degrees of a disaster.
His final tilt at establishing himself a legacy was to change the ALP Caucus voting system so as to make it nigh impossible to sack a sitting Prime Minister if ever again they fluked one as bad as he was.
Well, you wouldn’t believe it, but the very next cab off the rank was Bill Shorten, completing a tragic trifecta of Kevin, Julia and Bill... the stuff of nightmares for hardened Labor voters who have never before struck out so ignominiously.
But it was Uncle Kev to the rescue with 60 per cent of Caucus now required to topple an ALP leader and if an ALP leader happens to be a Prime Minister it will take an “impossible” 75 per cent. Classic Kev thinking!
In other words if Labor has a wonderful and popular leader, the Party will of course want him/her to stay, but if they have a leader as bad as Rudd, Gillard or Shorten, they can't get rid of him/her! Good thinking Kev, you demented fool!
Never before has an ALP leader presented with such poor credentials as Shorten. Kev, in a fit of petulance over what happened to him, had wisely designed a system whereby Shorten is safe. Or is he? Because if he is then government is an impossibility.
You see, Kev never understood how the ruthless ALP worked, he was a factionless loner and hated by a powerful union movement that was forced to capitulate to his apparent popularity in order to gain Office.
Kev never saw the knife coming until it was too late.
Whitlam was also factionless and never a union man, he was used in much the same way by the unions to gain Office and, regardless of Fraser’s coup, neither he nor Rudd was able to serve a full term as Prime Minister.
It hasn’t been a good period for Labor, and far worse is yet to come, so now they are toying with the idea of dumping Uncle Kev’s voting system but the fact that they are talking about it means Shorten’s days are already numbered.
If they want Shorten gone, Kev’s new voting system will be of no help to him and his Caucus numbers have already diminished from a workable seven.
Seven votes mean a differential of 14 in a two horse race and that’s usually enough, or it was enough to install Rudd and then Gillard... and enough to then unseat both.
Labor has shown it is quite prepared to look outside the union movement for a leader, but only to gain Office. Once that is achieved the Left agenda is back on the table and knives are quickly unsheathed to make way for union crooks like Gillard and Shorten.
Labor’s leaky galleon needs a new figurehead but when it hits the rocks the figurehead is the first to go.
The CFMEU (formerly the outlawed BLF) is the Mafia arm of Labor with the AWU the political arm. Shorten is a protégé of super crook, Big Bill Ludwig who is the AWU’s Il Capo calling the shots from Queensland, but nothing happens in Canberra without the approval of the powerful NSW Catholic Right faction of Carr and the Keating-sacked Richardson.
When they both combine to get the approval of Victoria’s Socialist Left faction you get a perfect storm... and a Prime Minister like Gillard.
Tony Abbott’s coalition is hell-bent on destroying the unions that have destroyed Australia’s competitiveness in international labour markets.
The billions that taxpayers paid to prop up car manufacturers were merely honey pots for blackmailing unions’ EBAs. Even cleaners were paid three grand a week as part of the highest paid unionised manufacturing workforce in the world. Now it’s gone.
FTAs and TPPs are set to finally kill off the unions’ EBAs via an avalanche of imported goods made from cheap labour. The AWU and the CFMEU are in a dirty fight to the death over diminishing union members that belong to a manufacturing industry that now constitutes barely 14 per cent of the workforce.
Bill Shorten’s power base is crumbling beneath him and he can expect a tap on the shoulder at any moment.
Who will replace him? Who knows, probably Albanese, another hard-core union man of the Left, so the downward spiral will continue into a vortex that will suck the destructive union influence from the Labor Party. Only then will it become a proper and viable Party solely of the Socialist Left doctrine.
The TURC next sits on July 8... with Bill Shorten as its star witness.