Bob Gould’s Ozleft site has been quiet for so long I was wondering if it was ever coming back. But now Bob’s posted another of his patented election analyses. Check it out. It’s a little different from mine in that Bob stresses the value of work within the ALP. I can see why leftists in the ALP would not want abandon the field to the party’s right, and Bob’s right that it’s worth defending the position of the unions within one of the parties of government.
The left in the Greens and the left in the ALP are on the same side. But that sure doesn’t mean we refrain from attacking the ALP in government. Socialists in the party ought to welcome a serious challenge from the left as strengthening their own position within Labor. The party won’t change without external pressure. For all the constitutional power of union delegates within the party, they don’t have much to show for their efforts to get a decent industrial relations policy.
Where I most agree with Bob – and it’s a line he’s been running for ages – is the importance of engaging with real political forces rather than isolated little sects.