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Last updated on July 24th, 2017 at 11:26 am
Michael Duffy theorises that the dullness and selfishness of “ordinary people” brought Mark Latham down:
Latham discovered to his horror that most voters are not interested, that “the disempowered don’t really care” about politics …
The diaries even reveal that Latham came to regret promoting the cause of aspiration, because those people who climb the ladder of opportunity lose their concern for community.
My guess is that in the end it was not the politicians and the media but ordinary people who destroyed Mark Latham’s faith. He’d spent his adult life trying to save people who no longer want to be saved.
The lost election was merely the last step in this disillusionment.
Please, Michael. Get a grip. This is sickening.
Emerson – an untrustworthy piece of work.
UPDATE II. Melbourne Age reader Eli Nossbaum:
Mungo MacCallum’s ‘What if Latham had triumphed?’, surmising the utopia Australia would live in had Latham won, seemed to me at the time as typical leftist delusion. Now Latham has proved it so.
That piece was published on September 4. MacCallum has since had second thoughts:
Latham truly was the wolf in sheep’s clothing that his detractors had always feared … He fooled a lot of people, including me.
Just as well journalists aren’t responsible for electing Prime Ministers (me included, seeing as how I was fooled into voting for John Hewson, who turned out to be a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Another bullet dodged.)
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