Hi Asbjorn, I hope all is well with you! Thanks for joining the Labour and the Commons group. I was just reading and enjoying your 2003 MR article 'European Labour' coincidentally, great piece indeed expresses my thoughts as well.
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I've read some of your conversation with Don and wish we had some of your progressives in the House here in Canada. We have a right wing government run by an autocratic PM whose energy is entirely spent on big business and big bombs. We have 3, three parties in opposition and the Greens in the wings. Yet, the average Canadian disappears in this melange never to be mentioned except by the social democratic party which has never been elected and likely never will. Very frustrating but we keep trying.
Gidday Asbjorn, a day nearly after the closing of the polls and it has been very bad for Labor and the left (small as it is) in Australia. At the moment it is a hung parliament with 4 seats undecided, but the neo-con Liberals have the most seats over Labor and look like winning 3 of the undecided. So, a big swing back to the Liberals. However, the good news is that there has been a big swing to The Greens who, for the first time, have won a lower house seat and will be joined a by a "green independent", and have also won the balance of power in the Senate. Why has this happened? Of course a number of interacting factors, but my own view is that the primary one was appalling mismanagement of both strategy and tactics by the dominant right wing faction of the Labor Party, going back to early this year. More to follow.
Dear Asbjorn, solidarity greetings from Australia. Good to see you on UnionBook 2. Will respond to you re your forthcoming book in a few days. We have been in the middle of a huge fight in the Australian federal elections for our national government. Voting day is tomorrow. All commercial media is talking up a very close result - possible that the neoliberals in the form of the Liberal-National Party Coalition will defeat the current neo-laboral Labor government. This would be a disaster and the struggle here will be very profound and will need to take a very different form if that happens. Mind you it needs to do that anyway. My own hunch is that the Labor government will lose seats but just hang on. The most significant development will be that the Greens (quite progressive here in Australia at the moment) will for the first time win the balance of power in our Upper House, the Senate, and also for the first time, may win a lower house seat in Melbourne. I have been helping the Labor Party in a marginal seat but tomorrow I will give out how to vote cards for the Greens at a big polling booth in a nearby suburb. So, bring on tomorrow.