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Ruddstoration mania

There’s now 3 things certain in life…death, taxes and a Ruddstoration beat-up.

In fact it’s now becoming scarily predictable when a Ruddstoration beat-up will waft out of the media orifices.  As far as I can tell it’s based on the following factors:

  1. The LNP beat-up de jour is dying a painful death
  2. Tony Abbott is out of the country.
  3. The government is getting clear air/faint praise/no brickbats
  4. A Newspoll is due that week
  5. The Canberra press gallery are bored and have nothing to write about.

It wouldn’t surprise me if all of these stories are initiated by LNP staffers and fed to their public relations arm (the MSM) on a regular basis.  After all they have nothing else to offer the country and certainly have no principles at all…at least none that don’t revolve around claiming power and feathering their own nests.

The fact is that Rudd is insanely unpopular, regardless of what the polls say.  Breakdowns have repeatedly shown that his popularity figures have been gamed by LNP supporters…ALP supporters by and large don’t want a bar of him.  The same applies to Turnbull’s popularity figures being gamed by ALP supporters…not that you’ll hear anything about anyone being more popular than the Mad Monk.

It boils down to a fundamental choice by the ALP…do you want to be seen as a party that wants to govern the country or a party that wants to win elections?  The LNP are the latter type and you can see what contempt they hold the average Aussie in…all they are is walking votes.  Have a look at the lived experience of LNP governments in Qld, NSW and Vic if you want to see what a country under Abbott will look like…sends shivers down your spine.

Australians love a fighter and have no time for softcocks.  If the Government decides to switch leaders before the election they will be seen as being the ultimate softcocks bowing to the media and opinion polls.  An election will be called straight away if the Indies don’t immediately switch sides and the ALP will be thoroughly smashed…you’re dreaming if you don’t think the LNP and media will wheel out all the old Rudd attacks again.

The ALP need to stay the course with Gillard and push back hard.  Now is the time to get stuck in.  Any time some media arse-clown throws specious bullshit at you return it back with a healthy serve of contempt and derision.  Don’t award them the respect they don’t have…if the MSM is not playing fair don’t play their game.  Get some decent media people on board and use the new media.  Go for viral videos with a bit of punch…viral videos always get on the news.  Above slap down all furphys the Opposition put out viciously and thoroughly.

The time to be fair and pleasant is over.  It’s time to bring out the warrior.  Bring on the scorched earth.

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  1. recalcitrantrick
    July 25, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    I have voted Labor my whole life, and I’m now in my 60’s but a bit to my shame I’ve never joined or been politically active. I am also not a proficient typist or commentator so please ignore my jounalistic clumsiness . However, having just recovered from the Howard years and now living in fear of an Abbott Government, it’s clear to me we have about 12 months to swing about 10% of the voting public from them to us! As a keen and experienced observer I would like to offer my own perspective.
    A lot has been said lately about changing leaders again??? Talk about really making yourself look silly and weak! And now the attacks on the Greens. I know there’s some devious plan about all that, but my feeling, and I’m absolutely sure that I’m not alone, is that the enemy is Abbott and that’s where the 10% is able to be won, not at the left but in the middle! They’re not hard right Conservatives that Abbott has won, they are the aspirational middle class that Labor has LOST! Why? I have been thinking lately about Labors’ “Brand” and what I think is missing from Labors’ story. It’s economic credentials are clearly no longer Socialist (the days of comrade are long gone) and watching Malcolm Turnbull on Q&A the other night, it struck me that (ignoring factionalism, I’m talking perception here) ( and yes I admit it, I quite like Turnbull, at least when he talks you can see an Intellect at work, whereas with Abbott you see nothing but glib slogans ALL THE TIME! ) Turnbull could walk straight into Labor and be completely at home, such are the (minimal) differences between modern Labor (notwithstanding the hard left 🙂 )and (Intelligent, socially progressive) Liberals. (not Conservatives!) Yet the perception still persists that Labor is good for health and education but if you’re a Capitalist you’d better vote Liberal!
    In thinking about it I realised the story Labor doesn’t talk about is in fact Capitalism itself, which it has now accepted as reality for Modern Labor in but never really discusses! (I’m not talking economics, Hawke and Keating created a great story that ties this whole thing together with their modernization of the Australian economy. Labor since that time has done economics very well (notwithstanding the lack of kudos lately! ) What I think has never really happened is the vocalization of a fundamental belief in market forces that done well produces positive outcomes for society, and the encouragement of individuals to aspire to whatever level of wealth or success that they are capable of. It’s the story of Australia, but it’s lacking in Labors narrative, it has been stolen by the Liberals and it’s time to take it back.
    I’m not talking about “New Labour” or some-such, it won’t wash. But what if Labor slowly starts to weave a story about progressive, ethical Capitalism and argues to its’ own record, floating the dollar, free trade agreements, etc. etc. It’s a story that doesn’t really get told. With a compelling narrative, e.g. the carbon price as a free market tool, as opposed to the Libs (Socialist) plan of picking winners??? done well it could bring back to the fold those middle ground aspirationals’ who have drifted to the Liberals, but skilfully done can still appeal to the Green voter with the narrative of the Carbon tax and other environmental initiatives and of the future of the new Green capitalism for the common good. There are many large corporations like GE, Siemens etc. already positioning themselves for the low carbon future. That is the new positive economic story, green is the new Capitalism and by embracing a progressive, ethical, socially responsible market economy it still allows Labor the ability to wedge the Conservatives with the horror story of Right Wing market deregulation that lead to the GFC. etc. etc. By defining our position as Capitalist, but ethical, progressive, socially responsible Capitalists, it still also allows the condemnation of the Abbott, hardline tea bagger types, the IPA with their dog eat dog economic theories and the likes of Rhinehart and Palmer and their egocentric ideas, without alienating voters from both ends of the preferred (middle right to reasonable left including a lot of aspirational greens) political spectrum with a positive, modern, aspirational story. Big business wants to be seen in that light too, it’s not good marketing to be seen as socially callous and grasping, so a wedge can be inserted between business and the hard right if done well. Australians want to believe that they can be rich if they work hard enough and Australia has always’ been a country where that is possible, and these days, far easier than the U.S. (as an aside, we have always followed U.S. trends, but now with the introduction of Obamacare (as it has become known) aren’t the Americans following us!!!) I know modern Labor does accept that Australia is a capitalist country, , but they never say it! In all its’ narrative I have never heard it clearly defined, Labor never actually embraces it! It is costing you Middle Australia! Embrace it, encourage it, but emphasise that everyone has that chance because we live in an educated, well regulated society run by a moderate, forward thinking Government and paid for by a modern, efficient and fair taxation system.
    Paint the Liberals (Conservatives) as grasping, self-centred, and selfish, the party of I’m rich and if your poor it’s your fault Capitalism! The party of ME, ME, ME!
    SAY IT LOUD! We’re proudly Capitalist, and Labor is the party of aspiration and hope! The party of WE! The party of the fair go!

    P.s. Julia, when you’re talking to small groups of people your humour and humanity shines, relax, drop the lawyer/union-official voice and BE the real Julia! (But don’t announce it!) 

  2. recalcitrantrick
    July 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Hi Massive, that last was a cut and past from something I’ve been working on, but I wanted to say that I agree with your piece wholeheartedly, especially the last paragraph, Labor should be pushing back, HARD! and I think the MSM might actually reward them for it by reasking the questions of the Libs as to how they going to do/pay/raise/destroy/etc. etc.

    • July 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM

      We can only hope Rick.
      I’m starting to think that there is a plan to unleash, but that they might be waiting for a certain time knowing that they don’t have the media on their side and need to optimise their blitz.
      The problem is that they are rapidly approaching the point of no return after which nothing they say will make a difference.
      They need to push back now and keep it going. It doesn’t have to be full-on all the time after the initial push…just bubbling along nicely, ready to be ramped up at election time.

  3. July 25, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    How on earth can you expect Labor to come back from where it is now? They have long passed the point of no return and its largely due to self- inflicted wounds

    • July 25, 2012 at 3:41 PM

      Iain, the only poll that counts is the election in 14 months.
      No opinion polling is accurate this far out.

      • July 25, 2012 at 3:57 PM

        Oh I know full well about the inaccuracy of opinion polling but when they have been as consistent as they have been for most of the Gillard government you would have to be wilfully blind not to think that they are in very deep trouble at present. Far more trouble than you can realistically attribute to a hostile media.

        • July 25, 2012 at 4:21 PM

          Ian, It only needs a 6% swing in the Two Party Preferred to make this a real fight and as I said on your blog ‘perhaps the horse may sing!’ 😉

          • July 25, 2012 at 5:57 PM

            deknarf
            It may as well be 600% because there is almost no chance that Labor will find that kind of swing to them at the next election, Your horse may want to sing mate but I have it on good authority that it has a really severe case of laryngitis!
            😉

          • July 26, 2012 at 9:14 AM

            Let’s hope that Labor has a good supply of throat lozenges then as the NO Coalition as an alternative is too frightening to contemplate. Thankfully I’m a non-conservative in a conservative demographic!

          • July 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM

            Haven’t you seen the strepsil ads that tell us that cough lollies do nothing to solve the problems of a very sore throat? Labor however have a terrible MRSI infection and they seem to be allergic to the cure so they will have a long road to to travel to political wellness

        • July 26, 2012 at 8:51 AM

          Iain, opinion polling at this stage is irrelevant.

          The only accurate poll is one of the entire electorate…the election. Anything else is masturbatory number stroking by the various media organs to push/ratify their own agendas.

          • July 26, 2012 at 9:01 AM

            Well you keep telling yourself that if it makes you happier but the rest of us will acknowledge the fact that Labor is in trouble so deep that it would take the intervention of the deity allow them to retain office at the next poll. That is a given. the only question remaining is just how much of the furniture they could possibly save with a change of direction or leader.

  4. July 26, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Iain Hall :

    Well you keep telling yourself that if it makes you happier but the rest of us will acknowledge the fact that Labor is in trouble so deep that it would take the intervention of the deity allow them to retain office at the next poll. That is a given. the only question remaining is just how much of the furniture they could possibly save with a change of direction or leader.

    The “rest of us” huh? The mythical “everyone” of the phrase “everyone knows”.

    To reiterate for the chronically slow…opinion polls mean shit. The only poll that counts is the election, so until then suck it up princesses…your tantrums because the glorious leader couldn’t be arsed putting in the work to negotiate just make us laugh. After all it’s all we’ve heard for the past two years.
    Meanwhile the Mad Monk is overseas yet again embarrassing himself to our trading partners…what a legend.

    • July 27, 2012 at 9:08 AM

      Massive Spray

      The “rest of us” huh? The mythical “everyone” of the phrase “everyone knows”.

      You can be as dismissive as you please but the fact remains that when we look back on this time after the next election and those in denial of the political reality (like yourself) will all be admitting that they all “knew” how hopeless the situation was for Labor but they were loathe to admit it.

      To reiterate for the chronically slow…opinion polls mean shit. The only poll that counts is the election, so until then suck it up princesses…your tantrums because the glorious leader couldn’t be arsed putting in the work to negotiate just make us laugh.

      I’ve actually said, many times, that I am glad that Tony Abbott failed to get hold of the poisoned chalice of minority governemnt that said the people throwing tantrums are those poor souls who fear the probability of an Abbott government.

      After all it’s all we’ve heard for the past two years.

      You seem to have very selective deafness

      Meanwhile the Mad Monk is overseas yet again embarrassing himself to our trading partners…what a legend.

      Hmm if the choice is between a PM who is excessively obsequious to world leaders and a potential PM who takes no crap I’ll endorse the latter every time.

  5. jane
    July 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Great post, MS. You’re right, though. It’s time Labor gave a big fat shove to the Liars and their barrackers. Liealot’s cringe worthy performance in the US and China should be highlighted constantly as an example of how NOT to conduct yourself anywhere or anytime.

    Anyone who thinks Liealot has distinguished himself has manure for brains.

    • July 30, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      He’s a complete arseclown on the world stage…he has zero clue.
      It’s almost like he’s shocked that the rest of the world won’t respond to his sloganeering or dog whistling…

  6. August 2, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    Was his new 3-word slogan “I like Chinese”? :mrgreen:

  7. el gordo
    August 3, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Its unlikely that Labor can be reelected with Julia at the helm and Iain is essentially correct. An October Revolution, a bloodless coup, is quite likely according to the punters.

    Polls are important in reflecting public perceptions at any given moment….and politicians take them seriously.

    • August 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM

      Grodo, every month since the election Julia has been due to be rolled…still yet to happen.

      It’s just another lame LNP talking point that has to be circulated by their keyboard warriors.

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