State of the Union – From the Outsider
The latest conversation between Julia Gillard and Bob Hawke about the role of the Unions in the Australian Labor Party emphasises how far distant is the current PM from the realities of politics in Australia. We are fed up with the factioneering of power by an antediluvian set of inflexible idealogues who know nothing about the new politics being born by social media and the rise of pluralistic democracy. The Occupy movement is part of this new reality. A ‘fourth way’ if you like, some 15 years after New Labour in the UK dumped the Union ticket and went for the social inclusion of the ‘third way’. Politics ain’t what it used to be and it is the Gillards of this world who are blind-sided to where the bread is now being buttered.