I am now retired from planks. The other goal was to run under 20 minutes in a NYE 5k race but sadly I missed that by 7s. Close enough to be clear improvement though and hopefully if I stick to Coach's plan I'll continue to take back the minutes I've lost. The tough business starts now though - No beer until Jan 25th. Mission Impossible? A minute plank sounds brutal. I'm also on a no-beer January but being in the UAE makes it somewhat easier. I had some 'non-alcoholic malt beverage' mind.
Anyway, more importantly, Gboly Ariyibi - any good? My mate Chesterfield fan was pretty pissed off when we signed him and the noises coming out of the U23 games at the back-end of season sounded like he was going to be decent Hopefully he does well for you and we both win We will see I was thinking of you today Asta, as I planked in the gym two minutes max - 12 is unspeakable. I guess you have a screen underneath you A phone to watch at least? Happy new year all Sadly it's forced a renegotiation of the target at the Barca HM next month but as that's only a stepping stone to May, no biggie.
As for training plans, I don't understand how you could prepare seriously for a target race without one - even if you don't write it down, most people would at least follow the basic structure as CP says, figuring out what to do at the start of each week.
Coaches, I will definitely get one at some point. Just now - despite intending to improve - I'm still stuck fitting in what I can when I can so it's rather piecemeal. I asked a lot from Mrs Handsome to follow plans religiously in as a marathon year but with Junior Handsome and, from April, Juniorette Handsome, being prio 1 I don't really want to spend money on a coach without the commitment to do it justice. The plan, all being well, is to shave a couple of chunks of the 10k this year and next - or depending on life, at worst tick over around my current level - then find a coach to help with the final push towards the big goal in or Another chunk will be coming off that in Hamburg.
Some stick, some carrot, no rocket science. I know a fast type in Berlin with a similar profile who should be able to work a similar trick on you before your sleep deprivation kicks in! Happy New Year all! A coach always sounds like such a luxury, perhaps more in terms of time than anything else. If you commit to it, you have to give up some autonomy in terms of shifting things around when there's too much going on. Or at least that's how I'd feel.
I don't like making a commitment and then having to go half-assed. On the other hand, I've toyed with the idea of trying a coach for months and see if I can make some improvements. Who wouldn't want that? Despite my coachlessness, I've been doing pretty okay in recent weeks.
I switched to longer aerobic training in November and results are improving. I run for minutes per day at a lowish HR plus 2x week I do 8 all-out 20 sec sprints on the track. Starting next week, I'll sub in hill reps for one of the sprint sessions. Since I started this, I've run three trail races, all approx miles. The first was in very sub-freezing conditions a day after returning from Peru.
I ran very slowly at first, sticking behind a slow group, then ran the final 3 miles progressively faster. Felt ok. Think I was 5th female. Didn't try for anything more. Second race was just before Christmas. Course was rerouted due to a dam break and general flooding record rain year here and began on an outlandish uphill road section. I realized halfway up the hill that I felt great and that feeling stayed with me through copious amounts of mud and water and more hills. Finished 1st female by a large margin. Last Saturday was race 3.
Lots of up and down in sticky mud and lots of running sideways on very slippery grass hillsides. My core was sore from trying to stay balanced. But the legs kept going - this seems to be a benefit of this type of training - and I was 2nd female, behind a very good teenage runner. So not bad at all. And I'm enjoying it. The question is how to add workouts back into the mix but I figure that's another six weeks away. Specific goals? Not really. And who knows, maybe I finally can find the time to finally seek some coaching.
Thanks for the offer. Reasonable rates, perhaps - but would the workouts be reasonable? I'm leery of a man who's deep in the throes of swearing off beer! I am a qualified coach at runinthesun. Just came 4th I did say before I went, 4th was the worst thing that could happen in m World Championships. Currently running about 35mins for 10km, not bad for a 60 year old. I am coaching about 13 runners at present but it would be a pleasure to help Paul.
Happy new year everyone! I have a mixed relationship with "the plan" I don't like following one, but if I don't, I tend towards not doing enough proper workouts and "just running". If I'm targeting a good performance at a half marathon, I need to get some good quality tempo, interval and long-not-all-easy-pace sessions in to do my best, and having them written down means I actually do them. So I've embarked on a plan to take me through the Wokingham Half end Feb then to the Shakespeare Half end April , trying to work my way down to 1h30m.
For , my goal is a medal each month. With all my run-streaking last year, I didn't sign up for as many events as in previous years, so my medal haul was decidedly meager. Not this year! Can I get a toot on the PB klaxon please? It wasn't pretty, and I hadn't done any 10k-specific prep, so I think I've got more to gain there, but shaved off nearly a minute to 43m31s. I think with better pacing and less of a cold, I could hit 42m, so will have another crack soon. I've also decided to continue running every day - it's had a lot of benefits for me, not least that I keep running when I'm on holiday or "life gets in the way", even if it's just 2k a day, and it's helped me retain fitness and recover faster from hard efforts.
Two half marathon PBs last year and a 10k PB already this year; something about it clearly works for me!
Hello everyone and happy new year! I certainly take a huge amount of benefit from having a coach. Some of it is science, some motivation, some problem solving support. But I have taken 50 min off my marathon time since working with one. Coaches are expensive but it does depend how you think about it. Mine is approximately the price of a London gym membership. I think that having a coach is a unique way of squeezing out the best of your running capabilities. However, I have trained for 4 marathons but only been able to run 2 of them due to overuse injuries, so something was amiss.
Not blaming coach for this btw. The valuable thing about either of these is that, if followed more or less to the letter, you can toe the line in the knowledge that you can trust the training. The weather may let you down, or something else, but you should be entirely capable of putting in a good time. Hello kyd, happy new year. I saw an interesting video on youtube that included a study of cyclists not elites, but serious.
After 12 weeks of well structured "best practice" training, it was clear that the general 'across the board' result was a likely improvement in performance. However, this was not the case for everyone and the variation in the cyclists' improvements was huge. Interestingly, quite a few went through all that training and did not improve at all - some even got worse despite training for 12 weeks using best practice plans!
There must therefore be significant individual factors at play that sometimes override or work against the sports science generic best practice advice. I think this is one area where a good coach comes in: to identify what works best for each of his athletes as individuals. As per the last slide in the video, unlike the sports scientists who do group studies and reach general conclusions, the coach says "I observe mitigated responses.
I'm using it only with athletes A and B but it does not work with C and D". Try to run according to somewhat of plan. My problem is and I think I will have to get over this if I want to get faster that I hate when they get complicated. I like to just be told to either to run slow, fast, short or long, instead of trying to decode a host of acronyms. I ran a half marathon in Armagh and accidentally came second. Meant to pace a friend but that didn't work out and after a mile found myself in 3rd.
Decided to push on a bit and see what would happen, past the guy in 2nd in the last two miles. Don't expect to ever finish that high in a race again, so will enjoy the feeling whilst it lasts! I agree duke - if the plan looks too complicated, I tend to move on! I don't have the patience to decipher.
I think that's also why I was no good at knitting - I didn't have the patience to understand the patterns. In my club we're lucky enough to have a few level 2 and 3 coaches who will provide their services via the club for free. So I have a coach who's taken on a few of us who have specific goals - mine being Brighton Marathon in four hours. I also used a different club coach to get me to a sub-2 half a few years ago, and for London marathon last year.
For me, off-the-shelf training programmes are massively stressful as I can never make them fit around my life. The joy of having a real live human being putting a programme together for you is that you actually talk to one another about what's possible and what isn't, and they can work with you. It took me and my current coach lots of batting backwards and forwards to get the Brighton programme right.
Despite the meticulous planning though, life intervened. A sprained ankle on almost the last day of has meant almost two weeks of rest and rehab. Marathon training was supposed to begin today, but instead I spent a gloomy hour in the gym while the kids swam. Is the elliptical trainer the dullest thing known to humankind? I think it could be. Sorry to hear about your ankle and I hope you feel OK to run on it soon. Are there at least some interesting podcasts to make impact-free machines more bearable? Hello and happy new year all!
I would love a coach but will need to up my running significantly before I can justify one I think. I'm especially interested in having someone look at my form and help me correct it. I've never had the need to investigate a training plan, but I don't see that they need to be too complicated. I guess one of the main things a more detailed plan of prescribed workouts aids is discipline to actually get them done. I have been thinking about goals for this year and have come up with the following: Get back to parkrun and beat my 5k pb Do my first track Run a 'fast' mile not going to put a number on it but want to see how fast I can go Enter and complete my first HM Run km up from previous highest of km last year I suppose I need to add in finally overcoming my persistent ankle injury so that I can run more regularly and longer distances.
This will be the major obstacle to completing the last 2 goals in that list. Paul some coaches will actually do one offs for precisely what you suggest - just looking at your running form and helping you address any obvious issues though hopefully they would also take a "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" approach! If you are in London I can even recommend someone. My running a bit like my cycling started as a way to keep fit between weekends in the mountains. It has also helped shift the extra 15kg that I had acquired in my mid forties. In the 18 months since I started, I have come to enjoy it as it's own discipline, rather than just a means to an end.
However, it is very much an ad hoc activity. Sometimes after the school run and before work, sometimes lunchtime and sometimes in the evening. I don't think a coach would work for me. Goals for were affected by falling off my MTB and breaking my collarbone, but there were some milestones other than just going a little bit faster. First in age group at parkrun - I managed this a lot earlier than expected.
It was not even a PB time, but all the faster runners in my group were somewhere else. It was also nice to get 20th overall as well.. Run the Yorkshire 3 Peaks - I walk it most years, but wanted to try and run it. I came in a few seconds under 6H30M not as good as I hoped, but beating my previous 8H13M which was a walk with a few downhill trots and in no way an attempt to 'run' the course.
Three Peaks again, but walk it twice in two days. I had tried this before and failed, but this year I managed it. Swimming has never really been my thing, but it really helped with the shoulder recovery. Getting to 1K, then 1 mile and then finally in December a 2K swim. Times were not an issue, it was all about distance without putting a foot down. Goals for Actually race something other than parkrun - Maybe try a HM as I have run the distance a few times in ad hoc runs. Have a go at a sprint triathlon with an indoor swim - m, 20K, 5K Run the Yorkshire 3 Peaks again and get in under 6H.
This should be possible as the rules allow any circular route taking in the summits and I have test walked a route that is 3K shorter, albeit it with a much steeper ascent of Whernside and a boggier crossing between PYG in Ribblehead I would like to get another two parkrun age group firsts, one in my current group and one in the next group up after my birthday.
In theory, being at the young end of the new group should be easier, but unfortunately that group is packed with fast runners. Finally, the biggest challenge My best parkrun is , so it seems possible. If it looks like I am failing this one at parkrun, I can always try a track 5K I started working with a coach last year and that has been a revelation. When things are going well, it can be hard to know how it's different from following a training plan - except that the training plan is a particularly good one.
The benefits really become clear when there's a need to adapt. I've found it interesting to see how my coach has built my running back up after I took a few weeks off when I hurt my knee. I am continually anxious when various components aren't in the weekly plan, because I've read somewhere that they are important. But the articles I read are generic advice for generic runners, usually with a generic race in mind. It's great to be able to trust my coach to work out how to apply all the research and what we know about training to my particular circumstances.
I reckon the hardest part about self-coaching would be to have that objectivity about your training. Since the last Monday Debrief way back in ! I've had spectacular runs along the coast, back home, in Sydney, Australia. I'm visiting friends and family over the uni break and loving the hot weather, beautiful views, and post-run swims. I wish I could teleport here for all my long runs especially.
How much longer have you got in Australia before you have to head back to Binghamton NY, and more importantly, have you got to run with your dad? Less than a week to go BHP. No run with dad yet I've just been building up the mileage over the last few weeks km last week , with several runs on quite hilly terrain and a couple of decent enough parkruns over the Xmas break. Hopefully this is building up leg strength and I can continue this progression. As for the coach vs no coach theme, ultimately its a very individual choice.
I had a coach for 18 months between He definitely helped me get to that "next level" but after a not-great marathon performance in , I decided to do my own thing and have remained coach-less ever since. FYI, my former coach remains a good friend The only PB I'm yet to crack without a coach is the marathon but I believe this is only a matter of time.
I wouldn't say I'm a runner who is completely "uncoachable" but making my own decisions about my training and racing is very important to me and that will always take priority over anything a coach would advise me. I'm sure that you'll crack your marathon target soon! LM, you are getting some really good long runs in at the moment - that's going to help a lot in your next marathon.
If a coach said to you, you are racing too much, then you'd probably just have to agree it was the wrong coach! Your running is looking particularly strong these days LM and nice and varied, I feel you're on the brink of a long distance PB! Happy New Year to you all! I've occasionally thought about getting a coach, usually too close to the next marathon cycle, then the moment passes.
I think one of the challenges that I'd imagine I'd have would be following a plan set by someone who doesn't know my schedule and constraints. I am usually pretty flexible with my weekly schedule even more so outside a specific training block - out of necessity. If I were paying someone for their coaching services I'd feel obliged to work to their schedule more closely - which could lead to stresses elsewhere. So, I tend to work through things with books, input from other runners and one or two of my club's coaches.
Would a coach improve the output? Possibly, possibly not. I suspect most of the big gains have been made by this point. McCormack was always more frank than Theodore in discussions or, talks with me. So, despite the intense official opposition, the good work was going on and the literature was fulfilling its hoped-for mission.
The line of demarcation between the two schools of thought that existed even in the old fighting A. Contrary to the expectations of the militant. I was defeated in the ballot for position as delegate to the annual delegate meeting and Australian Convention. The Queensland president and two vice-presidents were in that year. Theodore was, elected president, while the first ballot for vice- president resulted in the election of J. Wilson, a decent, popular northern member of the A. In the second ballot, all except Bowman and I were eliminated, McCormack only receiving three votes, the others less.
In the final ballot, to the amazement and consternation of the reactionaries, Bowman and I tied, and it was left to the president, Theodore, to give his casting vote. Riordan who ye gods! The executive without any hesitation or qualms of conscience, appointed McCormack vice-president. In the following year , a number of the militants urged me to nominate against Theodore for the position of president.
Of course, we knew that no one could beat Theodore, but it was desired that an opportunity should be given to record a vote of protest. I readily agreed as I have never worried about getting defeated in a ballot or a fight. I have been in that position all my life. Theodore was elected, but I received a big minority vote, which represented the fighters of the organisation. McCormack and Coyne continuously nominated for the position of vice-president, the former being elected. In , they were both nominated and at the last hour of nominations I nominated, as the militants considered that on a split reactionary vote between McCormack and Coyne, a solid militant vote would elect me.
Theodore, in January, , after being re-elected president for that year, resigned from that position, thus leaving it to the annual delegate meeting at Brisbane in January, to elect a president. There was a militant majority of one at that meeting, so their nominee would be elected. I had failed to get elected to the delegate meeting. The militant delegates approached me, urging me to accept nomination. With the greatest reluctance I agreed, feeling that, as there was no one else in sight, it was my duty to do so.
I dreaded the crucifixion I should suffer as president at the hands of a reactionary secretary and executive. We want some one who will kick Dunstan down the stairs — out of the office — and Riordan is the man to do it. I assured Moir that I was only too pleased to give him pride of place in this matter of Riordan or anyone else. Moir was asked if this was true. He indignantly denied it point blank. This resolution was carried but was rejected by the Australian A. However, this hurdle was easily surmounted because the Queensland president of the A.
It is hardly necessary for me to note how faithfully? Riordan carried out his mission to fight Dunstan and the reactionaries as president of the A. Like many other time servers, Riordan forswore his militancy once he had obtained office through its agency. He became the boon companion and well-beloved comrade of Dunstan and commenced his reactionary career. These sidelights on the earlier A.
One of the results of the amalgamation of the A. This left only the A. Consequently the A. With the eclipse of the A. This impossible position was rectified by the establishment of the Brisbane Industrial Council, on the usual basis of union representation common to other Trades and Labour Councils. Skirving, later an M. At the commencement the Industrial Council was dominated by the moderate unions, but after the outbreak of the war in — there was a decided swing to the left, until eventually the militants were in the majority.
This was most objectionable to the reactionary minority, who vainly endeavoured to stem the rising tide and viewed with dismay the revolutionary policy of the Council. The history of the Brisbane Industrial Council vividly illustrates this dishonest and cowardly method of retarding all progressive movements. Unable to impose their will upon the Council, detesting the courageous anti-war policy of the Council, nearly all the reactionary unions withdrew their affiliations.
These unions found a refuge and comfortable home in the Eight-Hour Committee, which naturally became treated by members and ministers of the Labour Government as the supreme control union organisation in Queensland and was deliberately used by the politicians to discredit and oppose the militant industrial council. When, years later, a scheme of amalgamation of the Eight-Hour Committee, Industrial Council, and Trades Hall Board, was practically consummated, a meeting of this amalgamation was convened to inaugurate the now Trades and Labour Council, at which every union in Brisbane, with the exception of the A.
This triumph of the militants was unbearable to the moderates, and within two months the usual withdrawals from affiliation took place, resulting in the early collapse of the amalgamation. When the amalgamation was again consummated, there was a change in the attitude of the unions. The moderates secured a decisive victory, the present Trades and Labour Council replaced the Industrial Council — and there was no sabotaging tactics indulged in by the delegates who strictly adhere to majority rule — when it suits them.
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That organisation has consistently, on many occasions, refused to join or co-operate in any movement where the A. Its persistent refusal to recognise or affiliate with the A. In June, , a general meeting of metropolitan members of the A. I was elected secretary and it was decided to hold monthly meetings. A keen desire was expressed to affiliate with the Brisbane Industrial Council and appoint delegates. Dunstan, general secretary of the Queensland branch, stated that the matter would be dealt with by the State executive and he was sure that an unanimous vote in favour of such affiliation would be cast by the executive.
It is interesting to recall that the following resolution. Watkins, secretary of the Federal Labour Party, and W. Finlayson, M. The Act referred to was in connection with compulsory registration for military purposes. The following resolution was also carried and forwarded to Messrs. Frank Anstey and C. McGrath, Ms.
McGrath in their attacks on the Federal Labour Government, with regard to its abandonment of working class principles and its advocacy of military dominance as opposed to civilian rights. Those resolutions give some indication of the anti-working class tendencies of the Federal Labour Government 23 years ago, which, unfortunately, have since become even more pronounced. Advice was received at the next meeting from A.
Very hostile speeches were made that the affiliation be proceeded with immediately. But Dunstan, Riordan, and Coy. With the usual A. As the union funds were controlled by the executive, the necessary supplies were cut off and another victory was secured by the authoritative executive.
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During the general strike in the urgent necessity of a daily Labour paper, owned and controlled by the workers, was realised as never before. Although the paper was made possible by private shareholders, the majority of the shares were taken up by the unions. McDonald later elected to the Federal Senate was editor, Mat. It is also interesting to note that the A. It was the usual A. Many years later the A. Elected as one of the eight delegates to the June, , A. I replied in the affirmative. Some questions were asked at the delegate meeting I was not a delegate regarding what had happened to the literature scheme and a book?
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Dunstan, general secretary, with an utter disregard for the truth, which has always been a characteristic feature of A. I wrote a letter giving a truthful resume of the matter, but did not mention the underhand trickery used by Theodore and Co. Crampton advised me to send the letter, otherwise I would be charged with using the anti-A. So I did. I laughed, remarking that I knew what sort of justice I would receive from that body. The letter to him McDonald seemed a fair presentation of the case, and argued the A. Of course, Dunstan rejected this with scorn.
The position as offered to J. Dash and J. Moir, but it was too barefaced, and they declined, and McLean, Charleville, who had not been in the ballot, was appointed. There was a virile militant minority of delegates at the first Queensland delegate meeting in since the amalgamation, who were opposed to the Arbitration system, strenuous advocates of industrial unionism on a definite working class basis who viewed with misgivings the growing dominance of the politicians.
Riordan was one of the militant delegates and in direct conflict with Theodore, McCormack and their allies, the reactionary officials of the old A. For the purpose of talking over the position prevailing in the A. Although we were not conspirators, in any sense, so strong was the antagonism of the officials that if we had been seen together, we would have been charged with conspiracy. Riordan and Theodore stopped behind and talked very earnestly together at the corner of Queen and George Streets, while Munro and I waited for Riordan at the tram stop. We were puzzled to know what was the subject of their conversation.
Tired of waiting, we got our tram, Munro remarking that Riordan would tell us the next day. Neither of us saw him again before he returned to the North, though he had arranged two appointments with us. Some weeks later it was announced in the press that Riordan was the Labour candidate for Bowen. No one has any objections to workers as Labour candidates except when they are workers who insistently express their belief in the pre-eminence of the unions and who refuse to become more politicians attached to an effete Labour Party. The growing power of the militant section of the A.
We buy you. What a philosophy of corruption to be voiced by a Labour man. Unhappily he spoke truly, and my experience since that day, 25 years ago, bears out this cynical prophecy. With a very, very few honourable exceptions, officials and delegates of the A. It is a long, tragic list, and it is entirely due to this criminal desertion of the rank and file to become the miserable tools of a corrupt oligarchy, that the A.
There is no question that if the militant officials had not become soulless cogs in the official machine, the history of unionism in Australian would be very different to what it is. The officials could never have obtained such power, but would have been well restrained, or swept out of office. I have known very many of the A.
That official is Jack Durkin, organiser and later secretary of the Longreach branch of the A. Durkin, of course, paid the inevitable price of standing alone against the official regime and was dismissed from office. For years Durkin was hated and persecuted by the A. He made only one big mistake, and that was when he was foolish enough to try and get redress through the law courts against his treatment. The story of A. Of course, some of the officials never abandoned their principles as there was no necessity to do so as whatever their beliefs were, they always coincided with their reactionary chiefs.
In the old days the delegate meeting was a strenuous battle ground wherein was fought to the end the ceaseless conflict between the militants and moderates — and we quite often won. To-day the delegate meeting is a howling farce as there is no militant section and nothing whatever to discuss, all are in the machine.
While I was sitting musing of past glories and present debacle, one of the organisers and delegates whom I had known in the A. We are all in the machine. The advent of Arbitration Courts into the Commonwealth marked a new and disquieting phase of unionism. Discouraged by the failure in great measure of the strike methods of securing redress for their countless grievances, the appeal on behalf of the compulsory arbitration system found a ready response.
Without fully grasping the real significance of Arbitration, its implications, and worst of all, its emasculating effect upon union militant independence, the workers foolishly accepted it as a heavenly dispensation to solve all their troubles. How compulsory arbitration has led the Australian workers into a fever stricken jungle of deadly diseases that remorselessly sapped the strength of the unions until they became but a shadow of their former manhood, the history of the past quarter of a century only too tragically records.
But it was not until after many years of bitter experience of the operations of arbitration, that the workers realised its true purpose and futility. With a few others I continuously condemned the arbitration system, exposed its fallacy and urged the workers to repudiate it and retain that independence and fighting spirit that was the greatest glory of unionism.
At every available opportunity, at conventions and trade union meetings, in the press, I did my utmost to arouse the unions to the very real dangers of the policy they had chosen. But it was all in vain. Union officials with few exceptions, and the whole of the politicians formed a solid phalanx in defence of a system that made it impossible for the basic principles of the working class movement ever to be anything but hypocritical platitudes. Arbitration has killed real unionism. Before arbitration, unionists wore unionists from conviction, and suffered victimisation and every hardship for their principles.
One hundred of the old unionists were worth more than 1, of our compulsory unionists. And this indisputable fact in itself condemns compulsory arbitration as the workers most powerful enemy.
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On the outbreak of the world war in , with few exceptions, the workers in Australia, as elsewhere, enthusiastically supported the war policy of their various Governments. The Federal Labour Government without hesitation imposed a War Precautions Act and established a censorship which won the admiration of the most ardent imperialist. Thus abandoned by their leaders, the workers accepted without question the war propaganda that was poured out. Caught up in this whirlwind of jingoistic fury, the mass of the people fell easy victims to the prevailing war hysteria. Those of us who refused to be fooled by the militarist jargon and platitudes of ignorant or cowardly politicians were regarded as traitors to the holy cause of freedom, I.
As the years of slaughter rolled by, the truth of this war crime against humanity gradually became exposed in all its naked hideousness with a consequent revulsion of popular opinion and a strategic retreat of the Labour politicians, who, instead of being leaders in the van of progress, consistently follow the mob.
While this latter method of leadership may not be very creditable, it is certainly much easier and generally leads the politicians to place and power not — into the wilderness. McDonald, the editor. I had not met McDonald until then so it was not a personal matter. I always — could not possibly do otherwise — approached every subject from a socialist and working class view-point.
I felt and still feel that the articles were fulfilling a long-desired want, were comforting to those unswerving fighters in the Labour movement who, with sore hearts saw the rapid decline that was overclouding the one-time militancy of the movement and making it merely a soulless machine whereby to achieve power. It seemed to be a queer trick of fate that I should be destined, after a lapse of 20 years; to vainly endeavour to force or induce the Queensland Labour movement to return to its early faith, which had been so gloriously preached and established by my brother Will.
Yet this was the actual position. At all times, unceasingly, on A. My brother Will had a fallow field of rich soil, waiting for the sower and seed. How amazingly he sowed that seed and how the despairing workers responded is one of the most inspiring pages of Australian Labour history. After his departure from Queensland, his over powering example and influence removed, the drift towards expediency in contradistinction to a stern adherence to principle commenced. The politician and political aspirant attained a power previously unknown.
Vested interests became a part of the movement, both in Parliament and in the unions, and a machine was fashioned that served to still further entrench the chosen few from any ill organised assaults from the rank and file. Instead of a receptive, uncorrupted movement as existed thirty or forty years ago, there was now a well organised and powerful machine which was far removed from the early intense working class movement that promised to bring into being a reorganised society.
This was the position I and others were faced with who embarked on the hopeless task of purging the movement of its impurities. I am not drawing any analogy whatever between my brother Will and myself, apart from the facts of the case. Will was a genius, a magnetic pioneer of Communism, who stands alone in his towering strength. None other in Australia ever approached him in the amazing work he put into his all too short life in Australia, or his inspiring writings.
Whatever talent I have, does not place me within the same class as Will. But our faith was the same.