Labor, what's with the kid gloves?

The Australian Labor Party needs to grow a pair and get serious here. This is a political party whose internal bastardry is legendary, yet they can't seem to use the same kind of RealPolitik tactics outside.

The largest newspaper publisher in the country is openly hostile to them, yet they continue to talk to News Corp journalists expecting to get a fair run. They should simply refuse to speak to them, answer their questions, take their calls.

A group of mining billionaires spends millions on a campaign that brings down the party's leader and drags polls down to appalling levels. Does the party add them to a shitlist of people who never get a thing from the government in future? Nope, instead it changes immigration rules to suit the oligarchs. Does it think Clive, Twiggy and Gina are suddenly going to start supporting them?

I'm gobsmacked at how gutless these guys are, and how they're unwilling to use the same tactics the Tories are using against them. Tactics they're all familiar with from student politics and factional battles. It's just bizarre.