The MCW vote

From Paul Kelly on why Labor lost: A tale of two Labors. Here is Labor’s core constituency:

Labor has no option but to remain a champion of progressivism, the tertiary-educated, high-income cosmopolitans focused on climate change, social justice, inclusion and, increasingly, identity politics.

Progressivism!! The Moron Class, he means. And then he says it again.

It must reconcile the cultural tension — certain to intensify — between urban, well-off, self-righteous progressives and the alienated, more socially conservative workers facing poorer incomes and weaker services.

I especially liked the “self-righteous” bit. Did he really mean to say that? Does he think this is a positive feature?

He is of course discussing the self-satisfied, pseudo-intellectual classes, many if not most of whose incomes are paid via taxation, who would be the last groups damaged by the political dead ends they are pursuing. They rack up high incomes while providing near nothing to the strength of the economy. The entire public service is filled with people like that, not to mention our crony capitalists, and there are others as well.

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21 Responses to The MCW vote

  1. stackja

    ALP core probably mostly live in ‘rich’ Liberal seats.

  2. tgs

    The first quote is referring to what the Emerson-Wetherill review has recommended as Labor’s startegy post election, not a view or recommendation from Kelly.

    The second again is referring to the strategy set out in the review and Kelly clearly did mean to say self-righteous and didn’t mean it as a positive as the article is largely based around questioning the viability of the strategy, i.e. the ability to successfully reconcile seemingly contradictory values and constituencies.

  3. A.N.Lee

    Can’t read the article by the esteemed Paul Kelly as it Paywalled. But I don’t need to.
    I have said it before and will say it once again. Paul Kelly the writer is such a lightweight. The original swinging gate who wants to appear on the conservative side of politics, but deep down he is barracking like shit for the Labor Party. Why he is a head writer for The Oz has got me beat.
    The two paragraphs that Steve has quoted are just pure shite.
    One of the main reasons I no longer buy The Oz (along with unreadable trash from Graham Richardson and Peter van Wrongselen and that old Commie fellow, can’t remember his name)
    Paul Kelly the singer is probably a better writer.

  4. DaveR

    In fact Paul Kelly correctly identified Labor’s two core constituencies:

    1/ the traditional low income workers in the suburbs and the regions, and their union representatives; and

    2/ the inner city, tertiary-educated progressives.

    The trouble for Labor is that these two groups do not have the same politics, with a significant portion of the second group being decidedly anti-capitalist. Kelly correctly identifies this, and how one of the main seismic faultlines between the two is climate policy.

    That was clear for all to see at Labor’s national conference in Adelaide last December, where there were ugly open clashes on various topics clearly demarcated along these constituency lines. Unfortunately at the time the federal Labor operatives were already in election mode, and didnt realise the significance of the divide. They do now.

  5. CameronH

    It is more like “malignant self righteousness”.

  6. mem

    1/ the traditional low income workers in the suburbs and the regions, and their union representatives; and

    Labor and Libs have not caught up with the increasing number of small businesses that work long hours, often for a pittance and are not unionized. These are the working class of old yet neither party wants to know them. Mums and dads with home businesses, small retailers, service providers and more. But they seem not to exist in the political equation. Yet they vote, and boy are they angry at the Labor Party and to a lesser degree the Libs. Here are some stats, “there were 2.1 million small businesses operating in Australia—consisting of 1.27 million non-employing businesses and 771,000 businesses that employed between one and 19 employees.Dec 3, 2015
    these are the people being affected by electricity bills, water bills and other service charges as well as having to deal with red tape that big corporations can much more easily navigate.

  7. Percy Popinjay

    Paul “is wrong, again” Kelly.

  8. Dr Fred Lenin

    The National Gangrene Laboral Party is leaving a large number of people unrepresented , the low paid workers ,self employed and private business workers, there is an opening there for a real populist patriotic reform party . A party that will put Australia first, along with the people who produce the wealth the career politicians squander profusely on the climate scam ,renewables con , corrupt foreign aid and the untidy nayshins bludgers .
    This is the chance to destroy the uniparty system that is a leech on the taxpayers.
    The new party could slash spending and regulation and create the conditions for spectacular growth,it wouldnt be difficult to improve on the performance of the present crooks , send them back to their law practices above the fish and chip shops in the High street .

  9. Percy Popinjay

    P”IWA”K – One of the top three reasons for me ditching my ($36 a month) Oz subscription. The other two being:

    – The increasingly poor quality of their j’ism

    – The tin eared self righteous imbeciles refusing to post my comments pointing out the above

  10. BoyfromTottenham

    I think that this bit of Jungian psychology explains a lot about Labor’s view of the world:

    https://preludecharacteranalysis.com/explore/thinking-vs-feeling

    Labor absolutely refuse to consider, let alone accept, that only the private sector creates our national wealth. Government then takes some of it by force of law and ‘redistributes’ it, sometimes for the better, often for the worse. But of course to admit the truth would be too difficult, wouldn’t it?

  11. Roger

    The National Gangrene Laboral Party is leaving a large number of people unrepresented , the low paid workers ,self employed and private business workers…

    Coal miners and those who rely on mining, evangelical Christians, socially conservative migrant communities in the western suburbs of Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane, equally conservative regional & rural Australians, esp. in Queensland…

  12. bollux

    I’m sick of the talk. Like the ABC I want the violence and see how the Left do.

  13. Most Cat threadsters agree on what’s wrong about how politics is playing out. But then most do not go much beyond “I’m as mad as hell”. The PM and Liberals are showing signs of turning ‘right’. Why not get behind this push by joining up?

  14. Bruce of Newcastle

    No one has yet commented that Labor’s woes between the progs and the industrial wing are nothing compared Labour’s woes.

    Disaster for Labour as Jeremy Corbyn slumps to ‘historic’ -48 approval rating with public (10 Nov)

    Corbyn has been trying to straddle the widening gap between the progs and the bruvvers so much that his crotch must ache from sitting on the exquisitely pointy fence. The bruvvers want Brexit. The progs want Remain. There is no common ground at all.

    So the progs are going to the LibDems and the bruvvers are being snaffled by Nigel Farage. The overall result is Labour’s polls are absolutely awful.

    I hope such a wedge issue will smite Labor here. The coal wukkas in Qld and Hunter made a fine start to that in the last election. Well done guys!

  15. Squirrel

    Unless the Morrison government implodes, or gets overtaken by an economic disaster for which it can’t sufficiently deflect blame, Labor will keep stuffing around in Opposition, pretending that they are clever enough to find a Third Way which will win majority support.

    If they could get their smug heads around the reality of all those households which have had the power cut off because they can’t pay the bills (not because they are climate change “deniers”) and that there are many others just hanging on by their fingernails, they might begin to understand some of the people they used to represent.

  16. Mother Lode

    Labor absolutely refuse to consider, let alone accept, that only the private sector creates our national wealth.

    When I was a kid I would see my Dad drive the car and was certain I could do it to. I also had a little pedal car that (in my mind) confirmed it. I had no grasp of the intricacies of road rules, anticipating other drivers, interpreting the myriad signs, and the rather more complicated spatial sense required for manoeuvring a vehicle.

    I literally did not identify anything I could not do so it seemed to me that there was nothing.

    Labor and the unions are like this. They simply do not see what businesses are doing. They think it can be replaced by state bureaucracy without the brutality of having to sacrifice anything of employees (whatever hours, wages, and ideal conditions they want) for the benefit of the business and evil profit.

    It all looks so easy.

    As it did in every country that has turned socialist. Like when they started Solo Petrol. And now that they must constantly lobby government to increase the superannuation rate, prosecute a campaign against non-Union controlled funds, and never require them to open their own books.

  17. Bruce of Newcastle

    If they could get their smug heads around the reality of all those households which have had the power cut off because they can’t pay the bills (not because they are climate change “deniers”) and that there are many others just hanging on by their fingernails, they might begin to understand some of the people they used to represent.

    Squirrel – I was musing to myself yesterday that my elderly mother’s energy bills, electricity and gas, add up to about one half of her pension. She lives in the mountains, which can be very cold. Fortunately she owns her home and doesn’t have to pay rent too.

    I am sad for the pensioners who are not so fortunate.

  18. Rafe Champion

    Taking up the theme, how come the social justice warriors have not gone ballistic on the subsidy and feedback tariff for rooftop solar? Is there a more socially regressive policy on the books? Apart from pollies pensions.

  19. duncanm

    DaveR
    #3207515, posted on November 10, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    In fact Paul Kelly correctly identified Labor’s two core constituencies:

    1/ the traditional low income workers in the suburbs and the regions, and their union representatives; and

    2/ the inner city, tertiary-educated progressives.

    this should read.

    1/ the traditional low income workers in the suburbs and the regions
    versus
    2/ their union representatives and the inner city, tertiary-educated progressives

  20. John A

    I especially liked the “self-righteous” bit. Did he really mean to say that? Does he think this is a positive feature?

    Occasionally, the truth emerges.

  21. Tator

    Wouldn’t have expected anything less from that weasel Weatherill. He is just the epitome of the whinging inner city progressive who doesn’t have a clue and actually alienated the bulk of the ALPs working class base with his Government’s incompetence in running the public health sector, workers compensation, education and child protection.

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