Labor’s Anna Burke shows the entitlement mentality is alive and well in the ALP
Does one go from speaker of the House to nothing and think they have been recognised and rewarded by their colleagues for the hard yards and effort, or does one just feel the same old winds of inevitability in a system which, after 15 years, I still cannot fathom?
Having left a room where I must admit the bulk of people – both men and women – didn’t vote for me to get the chief opposition whip job not on the basis of merit or perceived capability but on the numbers and the deals done beforehand, one has to question the newly found “democracy” in the Labor party, and the notion that we all have a say.
The problem with women is that they think effort will be rewarded and recognised. They work like girly swots and naively believe that they will get meritorious selection. But there is no meritocracy.
While I don’t normally give much credit to Labor’s factional system, it was right to kick Burke onto the backbench. Never sufficiently competent to reach Labor’s frontbench (which is saying something since it is anything but stellar), she was an appalling and ignorant Speaker. Mind you, she is not the first Labor MP to think the world owes them a living.