Eric Abetz is eating Shorten's lunch

The employment minister is talking more sense on unions than the Labor party. Bill Shorten needs to take a stand or risk losing the industrial relations fight to the Coalition.

In British writer Ian McEwan’s critically acclaimed tele-movie The Ploughman’s Lunch, a young journalist tells a wealthy land-owner and his socialist wife: “There's no reason why a socialist shouldn't like comfort, or own a wood, or be very rich. The problem is making all that available to everybody.”

That was back in the Thatcher years, and that statement of political naivety was one of the reasons the production was lauded as “undoubtedly the most politically aware film produced in Britain since the war”.

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