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Tim Dunlop Lashes Out At “Dumb” Gillard Government

July 11, 2012

Once the doyen of “the left” and brains behind the popular left-leaning News Limited blog “Blogocracy,” Melbourne-based writer Tim Dunlop has launched an extraordinary attack on the Labor government slamming Julia Gillard for her backward policy on marriage equality and “inhumane” policy on asylum seekers.

By way of background, Dunlop’s “Blogocracy” was a popular forum that criticised many aspects of the Howard government’s policies and at the time was considered by many as instrumental in bringing down the Howard government.

Blogocracy was considered the “Godfather” of subsequent off-spring blogs following Dunlop’s departure from News Limited including the now defunct “Blogocrats,” “Café Whispers,” as well as this writer’s “Gutter Trash,” and “Daily Trash” efforts.

Many contributors on these sites originally met on Dunlop’s Blogocracy as well as its predecessor “The Road to Surfdom.”

Writing in “The King’s Tribune,” Dunlop lashes out at the political ineptness of Julia Gillard as well as her policies which he simply says “he hates.”

 “Who the fuck am I meant to vote for at the next Federal election?” he writes.

“This is not a rhetorical question. I really want to know. Who is meant to get my vote? Who do I trust to do the right thing most of the time, and how do I minimise the inevitable disappointment of supporting people who will, with a high degree of predictability, do things I hate? Not just disagree with, or squirm a bit about, but actively hate. How?”

“Watching politics at the moment is a serious exercise in parallel universism. All the received wisdom about what is right and wrong with the parties, the policies and the process strikes me as the grandest nonsense, indicative not of intelligent analysis and a keen eye for the facts as presented, but the habits of a political class so immersed in their own specialness that the whole thing has become about them.”

“It isn’t just the fact that her policies on asylum seekers or gay marriage are a species of inhumanity that no ‘progressive’ voter could ever just rationalise away, or even that her endless homilies on hard work and education are nothing more than paeans to some of the worst aspects of neo-liberalism that make it impossible to forgive other aspects of her program that I would be willing to paper over in the name of realpolitik.”

“In any other age — and I include the recent past of the Howard Government — the idea that Tony Abbott could be a serious contender for prime minister was the stuff of satire. In fact, it didn’t even rise to the level of a skit on The Chaser as a thought experiment. It was akin to saying Justin Beiber could join Led Zeppelin. Now we’re meant to believe that he is the most successful Opposition leader evah and that there is some sort of genius about his embarrassing behaviour.”

“No, what lights a roman candle of despair beneath my rectum is that she seems to hold in contempt the left of the political ecosphere in a way that is politically dumb.”

His profound disappointment with the Gillard government is clearly palpable.

“As I argued here last month, she has disenfranchised that class of progressive who could normally be counted on to back a Labor Prime Minister”

Dunlop also has a wake-up call for the myriad of blogs that simply fall blindly into line along partisan lines espousing the latest talking points or defending the indefensible.  

“I’m even over most of the alternative commentary, the blogs, the outsiders on Twitter, the amateurs and semi-professionals who I always thought cast a new and interesting light on what is going on. Maybe I’m just having a bad year, but some of them are driving me nuts.”

“Twitter itself, for all its virtues — and I would seriously be lost without it — has also become a site of pathetic servility and co-optation. With so many ‘serious people’ now on there, so many ‘big names’, there has been a discouraging outbreak of brown-nosing as the Outsiders try and gracefully lodge their heads in the arses of the Insiders. The edge has gone out of the critique of the alt.commentary team and they are [nearly] all starstruck. They used to want to show up the shortcomings of the professionals; now they want to be their followers. Fuck that.”

“New media is no longer providing a challenge to the mainstream, it is serving to entrench it.”

I guess this means that the last remaining Gillard cheer squads at Café Whispers and the Political Sword will now turn on their once revered Tim Dunlop and relegate his opinions to that of the so-called “hate media,” or perhaps even “a troll.”

In their narrow little delusional world view, is there anyone left that isn’t part of the hate media?



31 Comments leave one →
  1. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 11, 2012 1:27 pm

    Obviously there are only 3 explanations for this-
    *Tim is a ‘troll’
    *He’s become very stupid lately, so he’s easily influenced by the HATE MEDIA
    *He’s sold out, and become part of the HATE MEDIA

    The only other explanation is that he has intelligently come to a conclusion, and that doesn’t make any sense.

  2. July 11, 2012 1:46 pm

    I rarely disagree with tim dunlop and I can’t now,

    …“No, what lights a roman candle of despair beneath my rectum is that she seems to hold in contempt the left of the political ecosphere in a way that is politically dumb.”…

    Tim articulates the progressive view precisely. Gillard seems to have gone out of her way to drive progressive Labor voters away. Is it the NSW right with their stranglehold/deathgrip on Labor? Why can’t they be excised? In lockstep they go with the lib/nats until Labor dies. Labor’s right wing would rather see Labor annihilated at election than change their political operation to suit public and voter opinion.

  3. July 11, 2012 1:49 pm

    Poor Tim. I like Tim, I really do, and am both grateful and simultaneously regretful that he so patiently fostered an environment for all of us to opine on politics. What I could have achieved with all of those hours over the years.

    But Tim was warned. Not just by me, but by a good number of visitors to his site, of the outcome of a Rudd/Gillard Government. Tom of Melbourne has always been quite articulate on the issue of trade union manipulation. I certainly had plenty to say on issues such as Climate Change (and the use of manipulated science to achieve economic change without environmental benefit), the political difficulties of asylum seeker policy and gay marriage, and of course economic management (though that isn’t one of Tim’s beefs here).

    Unfortunately, Tim was one of those who responded with phrases such as “Unions Boo” and “RWDB’s” etc. Well now what was so predicted has come to pass.

    The Unions changed the PM and have been shown to have control over Government beyond their representation. Moreover, those in control of those Unions have been shown in some cases to have little control over the finances of the Unions or their own willies.

    The Carbon Tax has absolutely no chance of achieving any kind of real environmental outcome.

    The gay lobby were dumped the minute they began to ask for their considered dues. The asylum seeker lobby have been similarly let down.

    SHY is right. The ALP don’t stand for anything except power for its own sake, and haven’t since they so cynically knifed Simon Crean. They knew Latham was a fruitcake, they knew Rudd was a maniac, they knew Gillard was duplicitous, and they have always known Swan is stupid. At least Crean and Beazley were adults, even if they were/are career politicians.

  4. July 11, 2012 2:00 pm

    “Unfortunately, Tim was one of those who responded with phrases such as “Unions Boo” and “RWDB’s” etc. Well now what was so predicted has come to pass.

    Sadly, and sheepishly, I too was one who joined in the “unions boo” refrain…

    However, I did subsequently condede that ToM was right allong when the faceless hacks knifed Rudd and installed puppet Gillard.

    In saying that, RWDBs have always been RWDBs. Nothing much has changed on that front.

  5. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 11, 2012 2:01 pm

    “Thinking people” are entitled to ask what the ALP has achieved, beyond removing the excesses of Workchoices, and pushing the balance way in favour of unions.

    Are there any enduring social reforms? Health? Education? Foreign Affairs reorientation?

    Under Gillard, the ALP has achieved nothing and stands for nothing. It’s moribund, it represents only a career alternative for union hacks.

    People recognise this and are repelled by the contemporary ALP.

  6. July 11, 2012 2:07 pm

    Tim who?

  7. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 11, 2012 2:16 pm

    deknarf, Tim Dunlop ran the blog that brought together all those on Cafe Whispers and this site.

    He was particularly pro ALP, and criticism of it was dealt with sternly. He’s now decided to take off the rose coloured glasses and recognise the ALP for what it is. Good for Tim.

  8. Tony permalink
    July 11, 2012 2:22 pm

    The King’s Tribune website appears to have crashed. (Probably under the weight of all the traffic clicking on reb’s link. Haw haw.)

  9. JAWS permalink
    July 11, 2012 3:45 pm

    “Tim was one of those who responded with phrases such as “Unions Boo” and “RWDB’s” etc”

    I have to also admit my own “Me-Tooism” in that regard.

    Seems now I am a RWDB !

    Who woulda thunk it ?

  10. el gordo permalink
    July 11, 2012 3:55 pm

    ‘Gillard seems to have gone out of her way to drive progressive Labor voters away.’

    She sure did and its a mystery why. Arrogance and ignorance is a nasty mix and unbecoming a PM in the 21st century.

    Tabit lacks those particular qualities, but ‘seems’ pretty dumb in other respects.

  11. July 12, 2012 1:07 am

    He was particularly pro ALP, and criticism of it was dealt with sternly.

    That’s not how I remember it, tim wasn’t stern.
    Mind you tomm, you did bang the drum about unions non stop, you were like el gordo and CC, every comment was about the one issue. Personally I wouldn’t blame tim if he did get ‘stern’ [but he didn’t!].

  12. July 12, 2012 2:19 am

    Tabit lacks those particular qualities, but ‘seems’ pretty dumb in other respects.

    He’s got an abundance of arrogance, goes with his life of total parental and self indulgence.

    I agree that he’s not ignorant, The ‘dumbness’ comes from the weird oulook on life, that of the pious and sanctimonious religious nutter. I read somewhere [from one of his colleagues] that he was always pretty lazy with the work ethic and effort, but got promoted because of his fundraising ability – he brings in the money.
    Everything he does and says is planned to the nth degree. A lot is modelled on the US teabaggers. The day after the baggers vowed to repeal obama’s health care, abbott was on our airwaves saying exactly the same about the carbon tax, almost the same words.

  13. Sparta of Phoenix, AZ USA permalink
    July 12, 2012 6:22 am

    Poor Timmy! Poor, poor Timmy…..Politicians are politicians and much like the states it has become a career not an avocation of altruism or desire to serve…Labor/Democrats vs Liberal/Republicans…same sheep different continent…

    He did have quite the temper at times and carried the Labor banner lock step..Naivety’s passing is simply living with the blinkers taken off! Welcome Tim……

  14. July 12, 2012 7:30 am

    Tim’s article at the Tribune is back online…

  15. el gordo permalink
    July 12, 2012 7:57 am

    ‘All of this, of course, is meant to drive me into the arms of the Greens but here’s the calculation that needs to be made.’

    Tim Dunlop is in for a huge shock when he eventually discovers CO2 does not cause global warming.

  16. el gordo permalink
    July 12, 2012 8:14 am

    ‘Mind you tomm, you did bang the drum about unions non stop, you were like el gordo and CC, every comment was about the one issue.’

    Both issues are important and need to be resolved. The thing is that sreb had the intelligence to recognize this and created a designated thread for the CO2 debate, a masterstroke which maintained order and outward expression.

    The cafe crowd just didn’t want to even discuss the matter and TPS is no different.

    Visiting TPS the other day I made a comment criticising somebody who said people in the regions are rednecks. A modest defence of my family and friends got me snipped, a pox on both their houses.

  17. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 12, 2012 9:15 am

    True, back then my main concern was about the way unions and hacks controlled the ALP, I think I may have said it wasn’t healthy and would lead to poor government policy. This was regarded as speculation.

    Hmmm, fortunately it isn’t too difficult to justify my speculation these days.

  18. JAWS permalink
    July 12, 2012 9:17 am

    Didn’t we decide that ToM had won ages ago ?

  19. July 12, 2012 9:29 am

    Yes we did…

    Ocassionally he still finds it necessary to remind us…


  20. TB Queensland permalink
    July 12, 2012 10:30 am

    Ocassionally (sic) … 😯

    Actually Blogocrats was more about getting rid of John Howard & The Private School Bullies … than getting Rudd in …

    … one is no better than the other (and won’t be in the changing of the guard election coming up) … and that’s the disillusionment for, as Tim Dunlop, puts it, the progressive ALP supporters …

  21. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 12, 2012 10:47 am

    Ocassionally he still finds it necessary to remind us…

    By the way, I think the reason I’ve been banned at Cafe Whispers is for being right.

    • Banning 1. They all argued that Craig Thomson didn’t have a case to answer. I pressed the point that he did. When their arguments became too fatuous, impossible to justify, I was banned. FWA agreed with my position (and common sense)
    • Banning 2. I argued against Min’s endorsement of the ALP back flip on asylum seekers and suggested an alternative. The alternative happened to be announced by the leaders of Australia and Indonesia a couple of days later. I pointed this out – I was banned.

    They hate being wrong there and ban those that point this out.

  22. JAWS permalink
    July 12, 2012 10:50 am


    Perhaps its time for a modesty test around these parts ?

  23. Tony permalink
    July 12, 2012 11:56 am

    In honour of Sparta of Phoenix’s return, here’s an old video of him discussing things with Legion (Meta):

  24. TB Queensland permalink
    July 12, 2012 3:56 pm

    And if you want more proof of the shift in Labor principles …

    A discussion paper released by the Attorney-General’s Department this morning showed that ISPs would be required to store user activity online for a period of 2 years. … Australians would be forced to hand over their computer passwords.

    I can’t wait for this year to be over and we reach 1985!

  25. Sparta of Phoenix, AZ USA permalink
    July 13, 2012 1:54 am

    Tony, you just made my day! LMAO….

  26. July 13, 2012 9:34 am

    Hmmm, fortunately it isn’t too difficult to justify my speculation these days.

    Yes, and to an extent I have agreed with you. Where we differ is that I think unions are not all bad, they are necessary to protect exploitation of workers [even more so in this neoliberal world]. I don’t like the degree of ‘right wing’ union influence in Labor and that has been seen since Rudd was got rid of. Didn’t everyone decide that sussex street was the problem too? Well here we are with very little having changed. Labor has not made the necessary reforms for performance improvement, too much power in the hands of too few.

    I also think that the other side of the coin is the influence that big business has over the Liberals, this is particularly obvious with the rivers of gold flowing into the Coalition’s coffers from miners and industry..

    This country has shifted too far to the extreme right politically and this has been against the will and expressed desire of the citizens australia whom the politicians keep telling us they serve [I blame john howard].
    Chasing the neocons and the nutty teabaggers of the USA, I would much prefer if we had to be aligned it was with the [seemingly] far more sensible UK conservatives. Why must we follow the raving lunacy of US politics? This billionaire influence and power over public policy comes from the US too where their politics is a corporacy and the citizens are marginalised, as is happening here.

    As to the craig thomson saga, funny how the Libs have dropped that and the slipper case since their own involvement in both have become known and the mainstream media have had to be dragged kicking and screaming into some balanced reporting, if not proper investigative journalism [can’t ask for too much]. At least acknowledging that there is more skullduggery going on behind the scenes and as usual, it has the dead hand of the Coalition behind it, they just can’t help themselves they always have to ‘win’ by dealing in blackmail, bribery,sex and manufactured personal attack.

    Agree with you on both parties being reprehensible on asylum seekers.

  27. TB Queensland permalink
    July 13, 2012 10:50 am

    Just looking at the title of this thread, sreb, and it dawned on me that it’s not just the Labor government that he has a problem with like many of us it’s, “Who the fuck am I supposed to vote for now?”

    And anyone that supports a return to the LibNats is simply a rusted on …

    None of them are fit to lead a country like Australia … not one!

  28. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    July 13, 2012 11:09 am

    AO – “ Where we differ is that I think unions are not all bad, they are necessary to protect exploitation of workers [even more so in this neoliberal world].”

    I agree with this, I don’t think we differ. I’m only opposed rampant unionism that pollutes the ALP, the contradictory political and industrial objectives that results from political affiliation, behaviour which is thuggish and intimidatory, which rips off the members. You know things which would never be tolerated if the behaviour was exhibited by any other form of community organisation.

    I’m not at all opposed to the legitimate organising activities of unions.

  29. July 19, 2012 12:09 am

    ah a fresh of breath air at last!!! i concur tb… blogocracy was popular more bcoz of NO MORE HOWARD rather than YAY RUDD…

    althought as has been noted above tom was right – i remember his post very clearly that gillard will have replaced rudd within the first 2 years max.. i was a “Unions Boo-er” myself (grins sheepishly)

    but may i say the fanaticism for Julia over at CW is ridiculous…

    and censoring comments because u don’t agree with them! how childish is that…

    @ blogocracy we would have tried to change scaper’s view and argued his point… not moderated the comment!

    its like a child closing its eyes and thinking its hiding!

    anyways… glad to be amongst folks without blinders….

    (i think that was what got min’s goat as well that pip censored the comments rather than arguing them…)

  30. el gordo permalink
    July 19, 2012 7:38 am

    ‘anyways… glad to be amongst folks without blinders….’

    Reb’s troupe is fiercely independent.



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