Today’s story about surging support for the Greens – up four points to 16% in a Newspoll (of all things) is a heartwarming step in the right direction (which I define as voters selecting representatives rather than rulers) that should chill the blood of the powers that be.
Well, it would if the single-member electorate system used to form government wasn’t so fundamentally biased against anyone but the Coalition and Labor, if the old parties didn’t have huge reserves of donor and public money to wage their war on the Greens, and if the major commercial media organisations in this country weren’t so good at suppressing the Green vote with last-minute smear campaigns. (You know, the “Greens want to inject your children with gay drugs” lines and the targeted lies they propagate in the last week of each campaign.)
Still, it’s cheering to see that almost a quarter of voters (if you include the supporters of other non-major parties) are not prepared to vote for the Liberal and Labor crooks who steal their money in order to pay for expensive propaganda. Let’s hope those numbers get even higher as we approach polling day. You can be sure that the two old parties will do plenty more between now and then to deserve it.
UPDATE: Well, state Labor reveals the approach it will be taking – misleading lies:
Labor is the only viable option for those wanting to achieve progressive change; the Greens don’t know what they stand for.
”The challenge for the Greens is to actually demonstrate they are interested in achieving things, rather than playing politics on issues,” Mr Reece said.
”In Canberra, they failed to support the emissions trading scheme, and in Victoria, they are yet to come out against the Liberal Party’s attempts to destroy the wind farm industry. They would rather play politics than actually take action against climate change.”
Being accused of “playing politics on issues” by Labor is kind of like, well, being called a “liar” by Andrew Bolt. And as for the ETS, Labor refused to negotiate at all with the Greens and ended up with a scheme that rewarded polluters and was, sadly, worse than doing nothing. As for the wind farm attack- I haven’t heard that line, but (based on previous experience) I’d bet good money it doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. The ALP has cried wolf on these things so many times that I simply don’t believe a word they say. Still, I’ll get an answer and get back to you on it.
UPDATE #2: It’s not clear what the ALP’s referring to on the wind farm thing, so we’ll need to wait for more details to get a specific response.
I’ve suggested that the Greens should have a section of their website set up to respond to these smears as they come to light.