NSW – so many Liberal MPs – what to do now?

After the NSW elections

So the decline in the Labor vote is astonishing. The Green vote rose very slightly. The Liberals received such a huge swing that we’ll be in for a conservative government for at least 2 terms, unless there is a combination of the NSW government overdoing its power with some spectacularly unpopular measures, and/or extraordinary developments on the union and Labor side of politics.

Labor was so incompetent at administering the daily services of NSW, and so contemptuous of its voters, members, trade union base, that many many people voted against Labor for the first time ever, and several electorates that have NEVER had a conservative MP do now.

What does this mean about politics and political parties? And especially what needs to be understood differently by socialists, labour movement activists, community activists? For people who understand that capital has too much power and wealth, and that working class people (broadly defined) could create a much more free and fair society – isn’t now a good time for serious discussion and planning what can be done?

I’ll be looking for concrete proposals to report on in this space.


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