A word to critics #vicvotes
- Making the observation, as I have here and in Business Spectator, that non-Tertiary educated white voters are deserting Labor does not imply such voters are “stupid”. Making that inference, however, does. Most of the stupid people I know went to Uni, and most of the smart people didn’t.
- Labor copped a shellacking, a beating, a hiding, a bollocking, a spanking, etc. etc. No denying that. But it was not a landslide. When I highlighted the misappropriation of this particular metaphor yesterday, I was not denying that Labor got thrashed in the election; I was standing up for the idea that words have meanings.
- If you truly believe that there is no pattern to be detected in the abandonment by white, working class voters of centre-left parties and candidates in the US, UK, NZ, Australia and elsewhere — and that this partly explains the difference between the swing, say, in Forest Hill (4 percent) and Carrum (10 percent), and therefore the difference for Labor between winning and losing — please elaborate. Not only would I like to know, so would every living political scientist.
- Nowhere in my blog have I argued that voters didn’t have good reason to vote against Labor after 11 years. But if you want to use this blog (or any other, for that matter) to attack the record of the recently-departed government, please do better than reciting Liberal talking points about waste and spin. especially if the latter is your day job.
- To the person who said I seem miserable and should get job, I have this to say: Mum, when did you start reading my blog?