The National Union of Workers National Secretary and ALP State President Charlie Donnelly has announced this afternoon that he’s finally decided to cancel the meeting of the party’s Administrative Committee called to sack their State Secretary Steve Newnham.
He did this following the decision by Socialist Left Admin members not to participate in the planned Monday massacre following requests made by the Premier John Brumby. They certainly covered themselves in uncharacteristic glory. A good number of patriots in Labor Unity and other factions made their position very well known that they would not be attending either.
“It is a fiasco. Bay of Pigs had nothing on this mate. There are bodies everywhere, this is like old school 1970s Labor and we (the Right) did it. It’s unforgivable” one troubled observer remarked about the surrender.
An SDA patriot observed their Christmas Party this evening might be a sombre affair after today’s devastation.
“Donnelly’s made the SL (the Socialist Left)Â look like they’ve saved the day and the Right look like a dangerous rabble that can’t be trusted making big decisions,” another explained.
Many wonder what will happen now. Christmas is next of course, fortunately it can remain on the political calendar now the crisis has been averted.
But few think that the adventurist NUW’s role in this epic fiasco will be forgotten. Or forgiven.
“Labor Unity needs to ask some very fundamental questions, starting right now. What do we stand for? Who can we trust?” said one faction veteran still shocked at the dimension of this bizarre and outrageous episode.
Here’s the email of surrender, and note after nearly blowing up the party they are meant to be part of leading, Charlie takes time to wish all Admin members seasons greetings and expresses his desire to “look forward to a productive New Year”. Enough to make us wonder, should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot?
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2008 13:16:36 +1100
Subject: Special Meeting of Administrative Council
Dear Administrative Committee Member,
I write to inform you that the special meeting of the Administrative Committee to be held at 6:00pm on Monday the 22nd December 2008 has been cancelled.
I wish all Administrative Committee members well over the festive period and look forward to a productive New Year.
Australian Labor Party