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The Disappointments of the ALP – “The Light on the Hill” – Ross McMullin

August 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Australian, Australian Labor Party, Australiana, History, Ideology, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes

Despite disheartening episodes and eras the ALP has displayed an admirable resilience throughout its history. With the party’s disappointing performance since 1915 very much in mind, one observer concluded (in 1935) that the ALP:

“Has been burdened with careerists, turncoats, hypocrites, outright scoundrels, stuffy functionaries devoid of sense and imagination, bellowing enemies of critical intelligence, irritatingly self-righteous clowns bent on enforcing suburban points of view, pussy-footers, demagogues, stooges for hostile outside groups and interests, aged and decaying hacks and ordinary blatherskites”.

Nevertheless, that same observer noted, Labor had retained its idealism and purposefulness.

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