March 18, 2017 at 5:58 pm | Posted in Australia | 11 Comments

I am re-blogging Kim’s latest post because I agree with everything in it and because she says it all much better than I can. Thanks Kim.

Kim Kelly



A few days ago, something scandalous happened in Australia. Our leading lady trade unionist, Sally McManus, said this dreadful thing:

‘I believe in the rule of law, when the law is fair and the law is right. But when it’s unjust, I don’t think there’s a problem with breaking it.’

The prime minister, whatever his name is, has now said he will not work with Sally in the future, remarking ruefully, ‘There’s not much we can do with her.’ His defence minister has called her words ‘anarchic Marxist claptrap’; his immigration minister has called her ‘a lunatic’; his employment minister has said she is ‘outrageous’.


Oh, and the leader of the opposition, who is hardly less forgettable and regrettable than the prime minister himself, has mumbled: ‘If you don’t like the law, change the government and change the law. That is the way to do…

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  1. Thank you, Linda. And I’ve never seen a ‘reblogging’ before, so I’ve learned something today as well! Cheers xxx

  2. I love it, Linda; thank you for re-posting it. It was also good to see an email come in from your blog after a long time. Keep well, and keep that fighting spirit. Like civil disobedience, outrage is a good thing, and it is dangerous when it is dulled.

    By coincidence, preparing to teach Marxist literary criticism to my students, I have been rereading The Communist Manifesto. What it says about wage slavery is akin to what Kim Kelly says in her post, and as fresh as if it had been written yesterday.


    • Many thanks Josna. I have been on a blogging hiatus for about 5 months, just unable to write anything meaningful and dealing with some health and loss issues as well as depression (partly over the state of the world). Reblogging Kim’s post was a great way to re-break the ice.
      Yes, we must pass on to others the wisdom – and the foolishness of the past and hope they can create well-reasoned opinions to improve things.

  3. Thanks for sharing a powerful post, Linda. It’s just as bad, if not worse, in the US. The ordinary people are nothing but a noisy inconvenience to those in power. The poor, sick, very young and very old in the US are under threat. Civil disobedience is what we have left when our voices go unheard.

    • Sad, isn’t it, Diane, how the world is going. I sometimes find it hard to cope with, but getting back to my own little world, to my family & friends, pulls me through.

      • It does get discouraging, Linda. I just hope there will be a backlash and people will realize that the vast majority of us rise and fall as one community, and looking out for each other is the same as looking out for ourselves.

  4. Hi Linda

    Excellent response to this disgusting toadying display by those bastard Tories. More please.

    How long did it take you to write this, keeping your head cool? typical that a woman, ‘a her’ or ‘she’ rather than give her a decent response, such as Miss, or Mrs. I am so incensed. I sent it to facebook


    • I didn’t write the post Glenys. It is a re-blog from my friend, writer Kim Kelly. She really has a way with words! 🙂

  5. Our current politicians in power are not looking into the mirror, Their pomposity and Tory stand is the archaic response, not that of the Union leader. I am incensed that they think they are indispensable.

    • It looks like the unions and the Greens are the only ones working for the ordinary people. 😦 I wish it were different.

      • yes, and the unions have been pasted with a negative brush.

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