Monday, September 19, 2005

Social justice isn't a Lemon

Much better news for lefties over the Tasman:
As political scientist Barry Gustafson wrote in the Sunday Star-Times, Clark emphasised tolerance and inclusiveness, the view that social cohesion required recognition of Maori rights and aspirations, and equality of opportunity for the economically deprived. "That was a much harder message to sell," Gustafson wrote. Clark took the high road. She avoided the temptation of trying to match Brash on populist policies such as his last-minute lolly of temporarily cutting the petrol levy by 5c a litre, which he had only weeks earlier rejected as economically irresponsible.
Congrats, comrade.

4 comments:

Apollyon said...

"Much better news for lefties"

What? The Right gained so many votes, how is it much better news? Infact its bad news! Sure Clark was true to her cause but the people still voted, twice a much a last time for the right!

Armagnac Esq. said...

Ah, true. Must be read in context of previous post.

"Compared to australia" where not only is the left out of power but it's afraid to run left wing policies....and labor is going through internal hell, Clarke's win is much better news...

Dave said...

"twice as much as last time for the right"

Yeah, but it's so much easier to hate the incumbent government than the opposition. And she's already had two terms, so there's guaranteed to be a swing back towards parity. And across the world there's a conservative bias to politics at the moment (driven by fear, of terrorism and of economic weakness). And as Armaniac said, she had a raft of left-wing policies, as opposed to (say) Blair or Schroeder or Beazley who can barely squeeze in a couple. It's gotta be a good result.

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