In 2007 Australia elected Kevin Rudd’s Labor.
Rudd sold himself as an economic conservative. In fact, he said it was a badge he wore with pride.
Here he is saying just that.
And here he is saying that we needed to spend like there was no tomorrow to save capitalism from itself. In no less than 8000 turgid words.
Considering what his prime ministership became, it would have been nice if sometime before the 2010 election (like, somewhere in 2008), the people could have said, “maybe we made a mistake”. Could we control-Z the election and have another go?
Of course, democracy doesn’t work that way.
Unless you’re talking about Brexit.
Brexit was the largest vote ever held in the UK.
The result was that 52 per cent of the population voted to leave the EU. They voted for autonomy from Brussels. They voted to be masters of their own destiny and not beholden to bureaucrats fulfilling ‘ideals’ rather than governing ion a nation’s interest.
They voted for sovereignty.
As soon as the vote was held the backlash began. Leavers were derided as uneducated. It was argued the vote was too close to be final even though a lot of elections have similar margins.
I has now emerged that Labour in the UK wants a second Brexit vote. To get the result it wants, rather than the result it has.
Says the SMH:
Jeremy Corbyn and deputy leader Tom Watson changed their long-held positions that the result of the last referendum should stand unchallenged.
Corbyn allowed that if the Labour conference voted for a new referendum he would “not walk away from it and I will act accordingly”.
One poll showed 86 per cent of Labour members wanted another referendum, and 93 per cent would vote to stay in the EU if they had the chance.
Watson said he would prefer Brexit to be debated in an election, but “if the people’s party decide they want the people to have a final say on the deal, we have to respect the view of our members and we will go out and argue for it.”
Make no mistake, this will be a godsend. For Nigel Farage. How better to argue that the UK swamp is fighting against the interests of the working class (who voted overwhelmingly for Brexit against the continentals in London) than to fight the next election on the reversal of their decision?
But for Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, UK Labour should sell its mother for a second referendum. It’ll be the biggest win-win in history.
There is no better wedge issue with which to split the Conservatives and drive half its voters to the only party that supports Brexit – UKIP. UKIP voters are never (or at highly unlikely) to ever vote Labour. They will be kicking dirt in the face of voters but voters they didn’t have.
Assuming the ‘unknown’ vote split 50/50, around 70 per cent of Labour voters would like to remain.
Labour would also have the joy of watching the Conservative party chase UKIP voters, opening enormous possibilities to paint them as deplorables. It’s hard to see this irresistible outcome can be resisted.