November 19th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
NOT for the first time, Labor has fallen for the fallacy that defeat is more virtuous than victory.
As I write in The Australian today, September’s loss seems inexplicable to many in the party, since Labor had the strongest moral claim on government.
National secretary George Wright told the National Press Club recently:
I would say we are on the right side of history. We are on the right side of science, we are on the right side of economics and on the right side of preserving for the long term our living standards.
Awkwardly, being on the right side of history puts the party on the wrong side of parliament. I write:
Once again, the Labor Party appears to be convinced that while they may not have run the best of election campaigns, it was the electorate that really stuffed it up.
And Kevin Rudd too, of course, but he has gone now, so everything is back on track. The party will show it is on the right side of history by digging in its heels in defence of an unsellable principle.
Having failed to make a persuasive case to put a price on carbon from government at two elections, Labor will now try to make the case from opposition and see how things go.
Averting the coming climate catastrophe is, of course, a laudable ambition but Labor should surely have registered by now that tree hugging is a middle-class luxury the workers’ party can ill afford.