In my King’s Tribune piece for this month, I’ve gone against the Twitter flow and argued the Gillard Government really is waging a class war. (Just because The Australian says it’s so, doesn’t make it untrue.)
This is taking “get back to your labour roots” a step too far.
Does Labor honestly think the public wants to man the barricades against other members of the community who happen to vote another way? Do we want a society riven even more than it is now by differing views on climate change and asylum seekers?
Labor strategists have seriously misread voters’ positive response to demonstrations of strength by PM Gillard (to the extent that there has been one).
Voters respond positively to leaders who demonstrate they are prepared to stand up and fight for the community or oppressed elements within it (as Gillard did with the ‘misogyny’ speech and the Royal Commission into child abuse).
This does NOT mean that voters want to do the fighting themselves.
The line between assertive leadership and aggressive divisiveness is thin and fragile – just ask Mark Latham.