It is no surprise that Lindsay Tanner’s piece on Gough (‘Comment’, July) is partisan. I was in my early thirties when Whitlam won government for the Labor Party and I remember the sense of change that invigorated us. Yet, in retrospect, Gough sold out to the Indonesians over Timor, which was a grave dereliction of duty. I also think that his introduction of federal funding of non-government schools, which Tanner regards as a positive, has turned out to be a negative. Just as the Liberals try to rewrite history, the Labor warriors ought to think in more nuanced ways about history rather than subscribing to glossier versions that pander to what the heartland wants to think.