I’m not sure why Julia Gillard thinks that giving News Ltd the war between Labor and the Greens over which it’s been salivating might be good for her government:
The differences between Labor and the Greens take many forms but at the bottom of it are two vital ones.
The Greens wrongly reject the moral imperative to a strong economy.
The Greens have some worthy ideas and many of their supporters sincerely want a better politics in our country. They have good intentions but fail to understand the centrepiece of our big picture – the people Labor strives to represent need work.
And the Greens will never embrace Labor’s delight at sharing the values of every day Australians, in our cities, suburbs, towns and bush, who day after day do the right thing, leading purposeful and dignified lives, driven by love of family and nation.
The dig about jobs is one thing – it’s patently absurd; the Greens just don’t agree that to create jobs we have to pander to the rich – but asserting that the Greens don’t share “the values of every day Australians”? The Greens don’t want to see people “do the right thing”? They’re not “driven by love of family and nation”?
What spectacularly stupid arrogance. The difference between the ALP and the Greens is that the former love their families and nation and the latter don’t? Who the hell does she think she’s kidding?
As Bob Brown replied:
Hitting back today, Senator Brown accused the Prime Minister of “turning her fire on the very people who support her”.
“I think that’s an unfortunate and unwarranted and gratuitous insult and it’s not becoming of a Prime Minister to be talking in those ways about millions of other Australians.”
He said Ms Gillard’s comments were “a mistake”.
“I’ll talk to her about that,” Senator Brown warned. “She’s wrong.”
…”It’s very, very amiss language by the Prime Minister,” he said.
“When she describes one-and-a-half million Australian Greens voters as people who don’t have a love of family or of nation, for goodness sake, there’s something amiss by that insult coming from the Prime Minister.”
As for the jobs sledge:
He rejected Ms Gillard’s claim that the Greens have no moral authority on the economy, citing its support for the stimulus package which “saved the country from recession and the loss of 600,000 jobs”.
“It wasn’t the Coalition that did that, they opposed it. It was the Greens who stepped up to the mark and saved those jobs and small businesses in Australia,” he added.
Brown wants to leave it there, as he did after the Gillard’s stupid “extreme” smear last week. But who knows? Looks like someone in the ALP is really spoiling for a fight, and doesn’t care if they take the entire government down with them.