“Now fable night hath with her ebon’ robe,
Darken the Surface of this earthly Globe,
And drowsy Morpheus, with his leaden Key,
Locked up the doors of every mortal eye,
Come, let us fall into our wanton games…”
“Thus I tamper Poison for myself; but, were I sure to drink the baneful Draught, …”
from ” The Harleian Miscellany.”
For too long has the educated working-class , through deference to a more erudite, well-dressed and long-winded educated upper middle-class, stood to one side while those rhetoric-driven managers have manipulated the levers of governance to steer us now down a cu-de-sac of an economic and social dead-end. It is this wealthy upper middle-class , the likes of Murdoch and Gina etc. who operate and manage the conservative politics in Australia.
I grew up, as I suppose many of you likewise, fulfilling the expected role of a many generation working-class family , slipping easily and comfortably into a trade..others around me of the same demographic group also went into skilled trades or labour..very, very few came from families familiar with or able to afford tertiary education..and it was within those trades that many of us after several decades gained a knowledge of system and structure of our particular workplace, be it health, mechanics, gov’ administration and others, or like mine ; building / construction. We gained a depth of knowledge and more important ; nous of how we “fitted” into the structure of management..for many of us came to understand that there was an “outside force” that had the call of employment or sacking over us, and this “management group”, backed in all encounters by any conservative government resented the presence of union representation of the working-class..They resented it because Management knows through intense education from an early age that power x a few, is no match against power x legion!
However, these isolated cases of a factory or group in conflict between union representatives and corporate management came and went outside the general concern of the majority of the population of working people. There was rarely any “bringing together” of the combined strengths of the unions to call a general strike against a government or corporations.
This must change.
There must be an awakening from a sleepy acceptance of conservative governments continual attack on the working people of this nation..and that includes those who are now made redundant through corp’ / govt’ outsourcing and the incompetent closing of large manufacturing enterprises. This combined with the sabotage and destruction of high-speed broadband delivery , equitable education scheme and winding down of universal health schemes demonstrates an ineptitude toward social responsibility and democracy ( remember : “Of , For and By the people” ?) by an out of touch government and corporate class steeped in the theories of an out of date, foolish and now educated to imbecility upper middle-class.
We have slept too long from the effects of “Morpheus’s draught”..we..; the educated working-class need to awaken and step forward to take our place at the helm of leadership of the nation..there needs be more evidence of “blue-collar” and less “white-collar” behind the navigator’s post.
By “educated”, I do not necessarily mean those multiple degrees in this or that tertiary discipline, I mean a well-read and concise knowledge of one’s “trade” gained through years of study at the foot of that most severe of mentors and masters; Labour. We need those who know and understand the complexities of domestic management on limited monies..of begetting and raising children in a safe environment of a “owned” home on limited monies..we need those who while doing this have a broader knowledge of the workings and machinations of a national psyche..and of the needs of those engaged in production of goods and services outside or allied to their own workplace. This knowledge is a complimentary addition automatically gained through contact over many years with those trades allied to one’s own.
For too long have we drunk the “advising”poison of the entrepreneurial / speculative upper middle-classes, who with their blind faith in an idiot’s ideology, have driven our economy, our society, our international reputation and lastly and most damagingly..our cultural spirit and our overall good nature into the depraved depths of their own personal hell !
Labor needs to stand solidly on a level dais alongside the unions and the working / producing ( yes..we must begin to encompass that other side-lined working peoples ; the intergenerational family small farmer/orchardist / dairy farmer ) class, and wrest back control of the nation from a merchant money-grubbing upper middle-class more interested in selling this nation and its workforce to the lowest bidder and then shifting such selfish profit away from fair and equitable taxation to an overseas tax haven most suited to their “robber-baron” status.
It’s time for the working-class to nominate those representatives more and better suited to make laws, regulations, trade agreements and governance OF, FOR and BY the many ethnic and cultural diverse peoples of this nation.
It’s Time …once again….It’s Time !