Glorious leader’s new road to paradise 31/1/2009
Kevin Rudd has discovered the evil force that has brought the world economy to its knees. No it’s not the policies of Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton’s hapless socialist governments that forced banks to loan to losers. Nor is it the philosophy of promoting individual responsibility above state interference as espoused by the widely-condemned neo-conservatives.
No, to Rudd, the blame lies with a new beast – the neo-liberals.
The what??!! The last time there was a tag like that it belonged to fringe parties in the 1970s led by Don Chipp and Gordon Barton.
It’s straight from the spin factory. With their contempt for the average Joe, Rudd and his advisers reckon the stupid electorate will associate “neo-liberal” with the Liberal Party. “Neo-liberal” is evil, therefore Liberal must also be wicked.
Er, but isn’t a liberal attitude to the human condition an essential plank of the Labor platform? Is it now wrong to demand Labor endorse a liberal approach to race, sexual proclivity, religion and gender?
Anyway, Rudd reckons the sins of the “neo-liberals” can be rectified by a new era of – wait for it – socialism.
In a sweeping 7000-word essay, Mr Rudd argues strongly for new government intervention in banking and financial markets, not only in Australia but worldwide, and says the 30-year era of neo-liberal free marketeering is over.
Can’t you just see it: committees of bureaucrats, bludgers, party hacks and minority tokens telling the sharpest minds in society how to run their businesses. Talk about herding cats.
It’s nothing new. What Rudd advances is a return to a regulated, protected economy. Like back in the 1950s, you know the era of white picket fences and boring Sundays. John Howard country.
Of course, Rudd has in his own back yard fine examples of the capabilities of socialist government to draw on.
THE city’s train network descended into chaos last night as a blackout crashed the system.
It capped one of Victoria’s worst days for public transport with more than 500 trains cancelled.
Blackouts threw signals out of order on the city fringe near North Melbourne and Richmond stations.
UPDATE 11.40am: VICTORIANS reeling from one of the state’s worst blackouts may face more power cuts this weekend.
Power outages continue to leave thousands of Victorians without electricity as the state’s heatwave drags on.
It’s not just the People’s Republic of Brumbystan that is floundering under fools:
It couldn’t afford a fan to keep the room at the right temperature and the machine cool to make readable prints. I had to send the guy away to get X-rays. Another hospital I worked in, they had run out of the children’s painkiller Pain Stop.
I have worked in a number of hospitals where there aren’t any antibiotics or they are almost out of supply because they haven’t paid the chemist the bill
The worry is that emerging scholars will not learn about high-level administrative incompetence. In fact, they’ll be lucky to learn anything.
PARENTS deserted Queensland’s state schools last year, with independent primary schools growing at a much higher rate than government schools.
Catholic primary schools also experienced massive growth compared to their state counterparts.
And how’s it going in a country that has had more than a decade of the type of national socialism that Rudd fancies?
The state now looms far larger in many parts of Britain than it did in former Soviet satellite states such as Hungary and Slovakia as they emerged from communism in the 1990s, when state spending accounted for about 60% of their economies.
Large-scale layoffs in the northeast will mean a rise in benefit payments. Newcastle-based Northern Rock was nationalised last year and has shed 1,500 jobs. Nissan announced three weeks ago that it was to cut its workforce in Sunderland by 1,200.
Could it be possible that Rudd is a more dangerous fool than Whitlam?