Tuesday, February 7, 2017

WHAT A BLOODY MESS


With modern politics being increasingly in the hands of career politicians with little or negligible exposure to the real world, another unexpected side affect has emerged.

A total ignorance of the lessons of history.

Following John Howard's domination of Australian Federal Politics for over a decade, although that reign was formed in considerable turmoil amidst the Liberal Party seat warmers, The Lucky Country watched the Labor Party descend into chaos as first Rudd then Gillard and Rudd Mk ll fell foul of sufficient nervous nellies who saw their careers threatened by adverse polling, to be needing to polish their CVs.
Liberal leader Tony Abbott exploited that chaos to defeat KRudd Mk ll in what was considered at that time to be a landslide but opposition prowess did not translate to government expertise. With sinking polls as an excuse, Malcolm Turnbull moved to have the job of Federal Prime minister bestowed by a bunch of traitorous idiots who now find their beloved trough in serious danger of terminal decay.
Liberal polling has Turnbull polling even lower than the figures that caused Tony Abbott's ides of march moment. Today one of the remnants of any semblance of conservatism in The Liberal Party, one Cory Bernardi a Senator from South Australia, is splitting from the mess that is Turnbull's ride to The Guillotine as it is widely accepted Golden Boy wont make it to the next election as leader unless he calls it this month.

The voters have little truck for ego driven power plays that seem to be a fact of life in politics circa twenty first century.
Arrogance, entitletitus,  policy machinations spending OPMs  are being seen as a greater turn off as Brexit, Trump and the Refugee crisis all point to serious failings by those who have risen to the surface of an increasingly polluted effluent pond, yet the Australian Liberal Party seem to think Einstein was in error with his definition of insanity; doing the same thing over again and expecting a different outcome.
The Aus Libs are alas, still wrong as they are now Dogtucker, and Bill Shorton  can take little comfort as although he may well lead the biggest party next time the voters are unleashed, current polling has  increasing support gathering to the Greens, Hansen's One Nation, Xenophon's little band from South Australia,  even poor old Bob Katter and now joined by Cory Bernadi although he is still not being followed by other Liberals dismayed at the appalling shakeout from Trumbrell's  (courtesy of Sean Spicer)   demonstrably pathetic efforts.
The Senate will continue to struggle to pass wind.

I have no idea if it was a blooper from thinking the camera was off or Freudian Slip,  ex Liberal Federal MP  now Skye commentator Ross Cameron began a segment last night on Paul Murray Live with a response to an opportunity to try to understand what drives the PM with something along the lines of; Does he begin each day with the thought of " I have no f&$king idea what I will do today"  as he approaches his desk  such is the dithering ineffectual profile he portrays.

To paraphrase Gough Whitlam ; God save the Queen  because nothing will save Malcolm Turnbull.


10 comments:

The Veteran said...

GD ... I would like to disagree with your analysis but I can't. Turnbull is no John Key or Bill English. He is presiding over the destruction of his Party which is suffering death by a thousand cuts.

So where do disaffected Liberal voters go. One thing for sure ... Pauline Hanson's no WRP. Both are cult politicians but Peters has the political smarts. Word is that those close to Hanson quickly realize she is thick (as in pig shit) and that has to be destablizing for a Party.

So the way it looks now is that the electorate will get Labor by default ... Labor, totally beholden to the Unions, will inherit an economy in deficit going south. If you think the Liberals were unable to make the hard economic decisions, just watch this space. Daze of the 'lucky country' are long gone ... sheesh, their cricket team can't even beat us.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Now, now, Vet.

That's REALLY twisting the knife.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

On a more serious note.

I think the most likely course of events will be the sacking of Turnbull, accompanied by a serious move to the right. I'm not sure who a prospective PM might be but whoever it is can look forward to a vicious and dishonest campaign of denigration from Fairfax and the ABC.

David said...

The destruction of the Liberal party began under Howard, with his "non core promises", the "never, ever GST", the squandering of the resources boom tax by Costello in an attempt to "do a Keating" to Howard's Hawke.

It was accelerated by Abbott being as obstructionist as possible in opposition, and then going full tilt "woe is me" when the same tactic was used on him as PM. It was also Abbott who caused the big jump to the right, so far right that Pig Iron Bob would never recognise his old party.

And Tumbrell is continuing the decline by being incapable of making a decision or setting out a policy. Case in point, same sex marriage. Putting it to a vote will end the issue. Without a vote it will fester at the core of the party for another 2.5 years. It shows a party divided, a party afraid to make decisions, a party without a leader.

David said...

...might be but whoever it is can look forward to a vicious and dishonest campaign of denigration from Fairfax and the ABC.

Yes, Adolf, Australia still has a robust, free media. Andrew Bolt, Miranda Devine, and all your faves in The Daily Pravda still get to spout their crap and others get to challenge them.

How long before you are advocating, like Twittler, the jailing of journalists who won't tow the party line?

The Veteran said...

David ... if Labor is the answer to Australia;s economic woes then it must have been a stupid question.

Anonymous said...

David....Given the number of times our resident cut and paste merchant has been right on any subject it is hardly worth your time arguing. Our fake Australian troll is a disruptor totally devoid of original thought.

Lord Egbut

David said...

Veteran, I'll just give you these words from Paul Kelly in today's Australian.

The conservative side of Australian politics is now devouring itself, consumed by personal aggrandisement, ideological delusion and populist fervour in an upheaval likely to destroy the Turnbull government, deliver power to the Labor Party and generate a structural split among conservatives that will weaken their cause for years to come.

The grandest hoax of our time is that the present Donald Trump-inspired turbulence will make conservatism in Australia ever stronger. In truth, conservatism in this country is being trashed. Every principle and value of genuine conservatism is being ripped up in an orgy of indulgent selfinterest that exposes the intellectual and moral weakness of conservatism in Australia and its abject corruption by Trumpism.

In normal circumstances the defection of Liberal senator Cory Bernardi would be of limited significance. But these are not normal times. Bernardi’s defection to create his own “movement” will accentuate and publicise the conservative trauma.
The destructive forces seem beyond the management and control of Malcolm Turnbull.
The notion of a government that cannot help itself is starting to take hold, a psychology that spells defeatism. It will put Turnbull’s leadership under perpetual scrutiny and drive further destabilisation. As Liberal leader, Turnbull’s core task, in John Howard’s words, is to manage the liberal and conservative traditions that constitute the party, its MPs, its active supporters and voters. This is a values-based, ideological project. Yet Turnbull has failed to accomplish this mission, with the entrenched perception from conservatives that he is not one of them. This weakness may prove fatal. The conservative side of Australian politics is now devouring itself, consumed by personal aggrandisement, ideological delusion and populist fervour in an upheaval likely to destroy the Turnbull government, deliver power to the Labor Party and generate a structural split among conservatives that will weaken their cause for years to come.
The grandest hoax of our time, pumped out daily by conservative media outlets, is that the present Donald Trump-inspired turbulence will make conservatism in Australia ever stronger. In truth, conservatism in this country is being trashed. Every principle and value of genuine conservatism is being ripped up in an orgy of indulgent self-interest that exposes the intellectual and moral weakness of conservatism in Australia and its abject corruption by Trumpism.


12 months ago, on this very blog, I predicted that the Liberal party was heading for its own split, similar to the one that kept Labor out of office for a generation.

The Veteran said...

David ... so you agree with my analysis. Hope 4 u yet.

David said...

Agree that Turnbull is toast? That the Liberal Party is currently unelectable? sure do. The WA election could be a guide. But I do think the Libs will survive the departure of Corgi Bernardi, he was never much of a contributor.