Watching Q&A was more than usually entertaining. The real surprise to me was not that it happened but that a protest of this sort had never happened before. A live broadcast ought to have been a very tempting target. Yet for all their idiocies up in the gallery, it was the people on the panel who were the one’s that spooked me, specially Anna Burke who could not have been more out to lunch had she been scripted for it. I now think the Coalition will win the next election (is this the kiss of death?). Just get people like Burke back before a camera mouthing off the usual platitudes and the Libs will win in a walk. I should also say I thought Christopher Pyne won every round.
In its own way what I found so pathetic about the protestors is how old time they are. We were doing the same ourselves back in the 1960s when it was new and fresh. Pathetic and disgusting but new and fresh. The left in both its tactics and ideas seems to be locked into a mould that ought to have died on the vine thirty years ago (OK – 150 years ago). But for all their empty rhetoric and curiously vacant ideas, these people are a high level danger. It reminded me of a recent post by Stacy McCain talking about American universities:
Scarcely a day goes by that we don’t hear some report of the increasing turn toward totalitarianism by the campus Left. Progressive hegemony on university faculties, a humanities curriculum heavily influenced by crypto-Marxist “theory,” and the radicalization of students through an identity-group Culture of Grievance, all contribute to this growing climate of intolerance. Administrators, when not actually in sympathy with the radicals, abdicate authority in the face of intimidation tactics employed by the militant Left at universities and colleges.
On a university campus few will stand up, perhaps because administrators sympathise with those who protest or perhaps it’s just seen as part of university life. But to have taken their national socialist tactics into the greater world beyond the campus gates was a mistake. The usual Trot approach is the worse the better. The worse the establishment comes down on their heads, the better conditions will become in getting us to the revolution. They are likely to end up all the worse for what they did. Whether that leads to better as they define it, of this I have very great doubts.