Carr resigns and the light on the hill dims

"What sort of peculiar capitalist country is this, in which the workers' representatives predominate in the upper house, and until recently did so in the lower house as well, and yet the capitalist system is in no danger?" 1913, V.I. Lenin

And as the sun slowly sets in the west we bid farewell to the ALP’s Bob Carr -- who retires as New South Wales Premier.

"I do so in the spirit of Lincoln's second inaugural address, with malice for none [and] charity to all," the Premier said.

But I must ask again: what sort of peculiar capitalist country is this, in which the workers representatives dominate in all states and until 1996 did so federally as well and yet the capitalist system is in no danger?
This is indeed most peculiar. Funny ha ha perculiar and the strangest perculiar you can imagine.
As once upon a time ALP prime minister Ben Chifley remarked:

"I try to think of the Labour movement, not as putting an extra sixpence into somebody's pocket, or making somebody Prime Minister or Premier, but as a movement bringing something better to the people, better standards of living, greater happiness to the mass of people. We have a great objective - the light on the hill - which we aim to reach by working for the betterment of mankind not only here, but anywhere we may give a helping hand."

But strange lights on hills is no programatic basis for a political party. Supreme executive power should derive from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical flicker at a distance. You can't expect to wield supreme executive power just 'cause some beery old git lights a candle and says lookee lookee yonder -- go follow it ! I mean, if I went 'round saying I was a state premier or prime minister just because I could see a fairy light far off, they'd put me away!

"I find it hard to believe in heaven because Australia in 2005 is so near perfect," said the nation's longest-serving state leader.*

*With apologies to King Arthur and Monty Python.

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