Tuesday, April 19, 2011

ON BANDICOOTS & POLITICS

Greetings to all from somewhere in outback Western Australia. There is a bandicoot sitting outside our motel room craving attention (and apples) so we have named him Phil. Seeing a bandicoot was a first for us and a first too (surprisingly) for our WA hosts.

Some observations from afar and not so afar. A political truism. When the Opposition starts framing the political debate then the Government is in deep stuk. So it is here with the Carbon Tax debate. The Opposition is making all the running and the Government is going south in the polls having just achieved their worst result in sixteen years. Gillard must be beside herself seeing a major Labour aligned Union threatening to pull the plug if just one Union job in the mining industry is lost ... and this from a Prime Minister who campaigned on the promise of 'No Carbon Tax by any Government that I lead'.

And to compound Gillard's problems Kevin Rudd has now opened up a 10% lead over her in the preferred PM stakes.

And I must say it brings joy to the heart to see the Greens, having nailed Gillard to the wall over the Carbon Tax, wrecked by dissension over the NSW Greens decision to support the Greens controlled Marikville City Council in its decision to institute a Council boycott of all Israeli goods as a show of solidarity for the Palestinian cause.

With the Federal Greens Leader Bob Brown labelling the decision as unwise it was fascinating to watch the NSW Greens Senator elect tie herself in knots attempting to argue the decision should not be seen as anti Israel but rather pro Palestine.

Local Government does not have a mandate to make foreign policy decisions. That is the preserve of central Government.

The fleeting news over here was the comment that if the Aust Labor Party had problems then that was nothing compared to the state of the Labour Party in NZ. The 30% lead by National over Labour comes at no surprise so I won't comment on that. But the results achieved by the minor parties do deserve comment.

ACT. I note with some satisfaction that their result, if repeated, and provided they win Epsom, will see them with a minimum of two seats post the election. That is good news. National needs responsible allies and ACT, less the Douglas faction, is just such a Party.

Winston First. Isn't it great that with the slump by Labour their voters have resisted the temptation to go with Winston. Goes to prove that some erstwhile Labour votes are exhibiting a modicum of sense. Psycho Milt will be disappointed.

The Maori Party. The Maori Party has problems. The Hone fuelled grievance and handout mode that exists in Maoridom may well see the Maori Party become bit players going forward and Labour come through the middle in the Maori seats. Sad because Labour has treated their members as pet poodles and voting fodder. Maori had their big chance under MMP and they may have blown it.

Two parties that won't be there post the election are United Future and the Progressives. Parliament will be the better for that. Wasted spaces.

The Greens ... nuff said

9 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

Psycho Milt will be disappointed.

Psycho Milt would much rather see disgruntled Labour voters going the Greens' way than Winston's, but unlike some other commenters he isn't unrealistic.

Of course, some of them may vote National, on the basis they're so colossally stupid they'll reward shockingly bad performance from a govt because its leader smiles a lot. Like the poor, the stupid will always be with us.

Anonymous said...

Good day Vet,

has the RSL relented and moved you up the marching order yet?

Anonymous said...

If Rudd could stop being a prick, just for a moment, he'd be worth a look. Where are the leaders?

The Veteran said...

Anon 10.47....my advice is that it will happen over the State President's dead body.

In Albany I visted the very impressive memorial on Mt Clarence overlooking the city commemorating the fact that the ships carrying the NZ and Aust contingents to Egypt in WW1 sailed from there. The only words in BIG letters are 'Australia' and 'New Zealand'.

So sometimes they get it right.

Anonymous said...

What's the RSL State President's issue?

Anonymous said...

There's another wall plaque somewhere in Perth commemorating the NZ contingents of both wars and the hospitality shown to them.

My father enjoyed the same when his troopship called at Fremantle outbound for the Middle East and homeward bound years later. As did his uncle in the previous war.

For memory the plaque was in an arcaded foyer on the river side of St Georges Terrace.

George

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the RSL State President's issue?

Hes Australian- & like the Yanks- they think they are the only ones to fight in the 2 great wars!

Anonymous said...

He may be a big headed and opinionated Australian, but as I understand he has never even served in any of the forces, in any capacity at all.
I don't suppose that it matters that much, except to say service folk develop a deep sense of comradeship and fraternity that can only come from serving, and would be unlikely to treat NZr's in this way.
I hasten to add that in my very limited experience of Aussies, this turkey is the absolute exception to the rule.
Cheers
Lofty

Heine said...

If National included Sir Roger into the finance team for this term I'd be a lot more forgiving of them right now. But it's clearly obvious that they didn't and look at our finances today.

I would love for the Green vote to eclipse Labour, then finally the media can start digging up and reporting on them and their problems instead of predicting yet another death of ACT.