Don’t Sack Marrickville: It’ll Help The Dopes
The Marrickville Council boycott of Israel– how absurd that phrase itself sounds – is hurting the Green Party, producing the first serious coverage of division in its ranks. And on the ground in Marrickville it has discredited the Green Party, having helped the cool-headed and gracious Labor candidate Carmel Tebbutt to hold the seat on March 26.
It is also exposing the dubious concept of a boycott of Israel given:
- economic isolation of Israel will hurt economic development in the occupied territories that will one day form the Palestinian state and make development of that state all the more difficult;
- there are numerous regimes in the world guilty of oppression and breaches of freedom worse than any committed by the Netanyahu government which, at the very least, faces a free media, parliamentary opposition, regular elections and a Supreme Court that has disallowed torture.
If any thing could produce a measure of sympathy towards Mayor Fiona Byrne and her Council, it would be the new Coalition government threatening to sack them.
All of a sudden, inner-city dwellers who now suspect the Mayor is out of her depth or just plain bonkers will swing to her defence because dismissal represents bully boy tactics. The Council can’t make a boycott stick. They are in trouble defending it. They look absurd running a foreign policy. Better to allow them to wallow in their own muddle-headedness than to shift the debate to whether Marrickville deserves local government. All of a sudden people who have broken with the Green Party and voted against it in the state elections would be signing petitions and even hoisting placards to resist a right-wing state government taking over its affairs.
Premier O’Farrell would be handing the Green Party a “get-out-of-gaol” card. It would be politically heavy handed, and suit the Green Party fine when they are now totally wrong footed.
It’s too nice to watch these opportunists struggling. They were defeated by the Labor Party in Marrickville partly because of this. Let them keep struggling to hold their head above water. Don’t send them a life buoy and allow then to rally support.
Think on it Barry.