‘Woke Left is destroying Labor’: Australian political legend unloads on his own party

‘Woke Left is destroying Labor’: Australian political legend unloads on his own party. By the Courier Mail.

Now 81, Keith De Lacy lives in an apartment overlooking the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. It’s a stone’s throw from state parliament, where he spent his best working years as one of Queensland’s most-respected treasurers during the Goss government, from 1989 to 1996.

His father and those hardworking, solid “red raggers’’ of his childhood are ultimately the reason he joined the Labor Party in 1970.

De Lacy’s faith in Labor was born out of those early days when workers gravitated to the party to protect themselves from opportunistic employers.

But now, he laments, it is a far cry from today’s Labor Party, which he says has lost its moral and ethical compass.

The Labor Party, De Lacy believes, faces an existential crisis that could ultimately lead to its political extinction. …

He says the Rudd government accelerated the electoral carnage as the Labor Party threw its lot in with the elites, when Labor’s reason for existing over many decades was to fight them.

The so-called progressives, De Lacy says, “have nothing more than a patronising, sneering contempt for working class people and their culture’’.

He accuses the “woke’’ brigade within the Left faction of Labor of alienating average Australians. “Certainly in terms of philosophy, the woke Left of the Labor Party is destroying itself through overreach … simply by overdoing it,’’ De Lacy says.

He writes of a “massive cultural evolution’’ over the past few decades, underscored by a mindset highly critical of the society in which we live, which “sees only the bad and ignores the good’’. …

“Most Australians are not in the front line of politics, yet they have a reasonable and sensible view of the world. Yet the Left are telling them that ‘you are a racist’ and your sons and grandsons are sexual monsters. They just won’t cop that, and nor should they. My point is that our society is suffering from a disease called ‘overreach’.” …

De Lacy says the Me Too movement is in danger of losing the support of the mainstream. … “Men are being turned off, especially the notion that all men are rapists.” …

De Lacy says the Black Lives Matter movement suffers from the same disease, stoking the fires of racism to overcome racism.

“Hysterical activists are the greatest dead weight an otherwise noble cause can have,’’ he says.

“I hate to say it, but the reconciliation overtures of Indigenous Australians are in my view now in danger of being killed by the self-defeating exuberance of the Black Lives Matter protests who unfairly stain the motives of all Australians, to the extent that the potential referendum looks to be a dead duck, killed by friendly fire.

“The Australian philosophy is to live and let live, which can manifest itself as, I have nothing against it, but if you try to shove it down my neck, you can go jump.’’ …

He says the Labor Party formed to pursue workers’ rights democratically, yet “it seems okay these days for trade unions to break what they term unjust laws, or for groups to ignore democratic verdicts and glue themselves to a public road”. …

“People in identity grouping become prisoners, sentenced to a life of grievance, blame shifting, non-performance, unhappiness, emotional anger and even hatred. Once you can absolve yourself of personal responsibility, once it is always someone else’s fault, or the fault of history, there is a loss of agency – no way out. There is only misery.’’ …

“This constant refrain of ‘white male privilege’ can be a bit tiresome, especially the obligatory guilt associated with it.

He sees the great realignment clearly enough. In the 1990s the western left ceased to champion the working class, and switched instead to building a coalition of identity groups — trying to appeal to everyone except straight white males with bribes of special treatment and privileges. The people in the working class are now despised by the left as deplorables, and the butt of nasty jokes.

The western left has been taken over by the numerically superior horde of midwits who became “activists”. They are mainly driven by envy (“equity” is their watchword), intent on getting more goodies for themselves other than by merit or achievement, for merely belonging to a identity group determined by birth. They insist that this is socially acceptable and virtuous. Western civilization was not created by wokies, but despite people like them.

via John Ray