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Lathamite philosopher Robert Bosler—may the winning energy be upon him—marvels at the power of Latham’s ghost:

That his politics were imperfect, born of his own flaws, was the very value of his presence.

If Latham’s value lay in his flaws, he was one valuable bunny.

He was never to be Prime Minister, we know that now. Yet he was about creating a new Prime Ministership, and this he may well yet achieve.

He already has. That new Prime Ministership includes control of the Senate.

The Latham message is still working through. It is not so much a message we can receive of words, nor of actions. It’s one of inner belief.

Latham’s message sure isn’t one of words, as Latham biographer Bernie Lagan confirmed the other day:

BERNIE LAGAN: Um, well, we talk by the email. Um, I got a cryptic message from him a couple of days ago, after some early publicity about the book leaked out, but I haven’t heard what he thinks of the book. I will no doubt hear.
ELEANOR HALL: What was the cryptic message?
BERNIE LAGAN: ”Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever.”
ELEANOR HALL: Seriously?
BERNIE LAGAN: That’s what he said.
ELEANOR HALL: That’s the extent of the email?
BERNIE LAGAN: That was the extent of the email, yeah.

The man’s a poet. Back to Bosler:

The message is that you must be - read that again - you must be - who you are. Yours is not to go through the motions of life, nor to have life happen to you. Yours is to live it.

Thank you, Dr. Phil.

Latham represented our real life in politics. That Latham’s political flaws and personal flaws tore him away from leading the country is not the issue. The issue is that once again the gaping chasm between our real life and politics had been bridged.

I thought the issue was “Ease the Squeeze” or whatever the hell it was Latham used to go on about. “Bridge the Gaping Chasm” probably didn’t test as well with focus groups.

Before Latham, something within us slowly died. John Howard appealed to that part of us. He does it still. He appeals to the deadedness within us. Mark Latham burst onto the scene and appealed to the life within us. We raged at him. We saw hope in him. One way or another, we were motivated once again by real life in politics, and we responded.

By re-electing John Howard with an increased majority.

Before Latham, we were threatened with suffering the silent, insidious retreat from our real life engagement, metaphorically back into the deluded individual solace of our private homes, represented not.

Bosler knows all about “deluded individual solace”.

Blamed was Latham for his tendency to speak of idealism, or its immature presentation, or its unworkability, but his focus was on the positive and the life force, and that which enriches us in real terms.

A tax cut enriches us in real terms.

Years ago we were told we were, all in all, just another brick in the wall. That may well prove to be so, but in today’s world Mark Latham’s unique political thrust has given us the political measure to not just be another spouse in the house.

Make up your mind, pal. Dr Phil or Dr Seuss? Speaking of “Latham’s ghost”, it still haunts the official ALP site. Google sends you there on a “Mark Latham” search, although Latham’s name no longer appears. Spooky.

UPDATE. Alan Ramsey in the SMH: “The media political class is in thrall to Beazley, always has been.” Except when they were drooling over Latham, of course. Still, nice to have Ramsey’s confirmation of the media’s Labor bias.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/01/2005 at 11:01 AM
  1. Mark Latham quoted by Bernie Lagan: ”Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever.”

    If only Robert Bosler could be as succinct.

    Posted by on 07/01 at 11:22 AM • permalink

  2. That his politics were imperfect, born of his own flaws, was the very value of his presence.

    If flaws are valuable, I guess John Howard is perfect.

    Posted by on 07/01 at 11:33 AM • permalink

  3. In a nutshell, Bosler is saying Latham has enriched us all with energy by being completely demented?

    Maybe Latham and him can share a padded cell one day.

    Posted by on 07/01 at 11:35 AM • permalink

  4. Pleased was I to read Robert Bosler once more. From his unique style he has departed not. Long may he be preserved from deadedness.

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 07/01 at 11:36 AM • permalink

  5. Another Latham that really sucks.

    But in a good way.

    (don’t worry, it’s G rated).

    Posted by on 07/01 at 11:37 AM • permalink

  6. We’re lucky he didn’t get in.
    Yesterday I was driving home from work listening to the radio - ABC - talkbalk on ASIO and the recent arrests on suspected terrorists.  About 90% of callers were horrified of ASIO’s powers, but what alarmed me was that the majority of them subscribed to outrageous conspiracy theories i.e.  The US government destroyed the World Trade Centre as an excuse to wage war on Islam. etc. etc.  What is it with ABC talkback callers - is this really what people are thinking?  Such a large percentage - Scary.

    Posted by on 07/01 at 12:05 PM • permalink

  7. Bosler’s next words should be, “Want fries with that?”

    Posted by on 07/01 at 12:20 PM • permalink

  8. Bosler is crazy. (or drunk).

    Posted by on 07/01 at 12:57 PM • permalink

  9. The Latham message is still working through. It is not so much a message we can receive of words, nor of actions. It’s one of inner belief.

    If this isn’t typical lefty thinking, I don’t know what is.  Never mind the facts, bud, just believe what you want to believe.

    Posted by on 07/01 at 03:45 PM • permalink

  10. "Years ago we were told we were, all in all, just another brick in the wall."

    Whatever...Pink Floyd quoting proto-marxist Krugman-felching financial hacks don’t generally inspire much money-where-your-mouth-is economic confidence in this here non-reality based community I call a mortgaged home.

    Posted by on 07/01 at 03:56 PM • permalink

  11. Pedro:

    Bosler is crazy. (or drunk).

    Bosler:

    Blamed was Latham...

    Pedro, he may be drunk, but he’s definitely channelling Yoda.

    Posted by on 07/01 at 08:07 PM • permalink

  12. the power of Latham’s ghost:

    What’s that they say about fish and house guests?

    Posted by on 07/02 at 01:28 AM • permalink

  13. Lathams message was Ease the Squeeze!

    The Beazley message is Easily Squeezed”!

    Posted by on 07/02 at 02:53 AM • permalink

  14. Inner Belief?
    In yer dreams, Pal!

    Posted by on 07/02 at 07:39 AM • permalink

  15. I always thought Ramsey was Latham’s long lost secret illegitimate love child. Such has been the unconditional fawning.

    Now this Bosler goose is on the loose, I demand a DNA test.

    Posted by on 07/02 at 10:12 AM • permalink

  16. Sorry, I think I got that back to front, I mean Latham was Ramsey’s love child...etc

    Posted by on 07/02 at 10:14 AM • permalink

  17. Bosler has clearly been influened by noted intellectuals:
    Seagoon:
    Hello?
    Bluebottle (on other end of phone):
    You rotten swine, you! Oh, you have deaded me again. Oh, I die in my prime. Farewell I say. Pushes button B. Gets money back, exits to NAAFI for tea.

    Seagoon:
    I’ve… I’ve deaded him.

    Posted by on 07/03 at 05:30 AM • permalink

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