…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The Queensland’s elections campaigning will mercifully end one day. But do not underestimate a politician cornered, who, until his/her oh so graceful concession speech on the election night, will deceive, denigrate and defame as if on steroids. There are still about seventy hours left for some slime to be thrown and stinking mud to be raked. I suspect that the ruling Labor clique and their media claque will use every hour.
Admittedly, they do not have much of a choice. This is certainly not a time for Anna Bligh and Andrew Fraser to boast about their economic “achievements”. A kind person could call the Labor economic management crackpot economics, but for the fact they sold the pot already. The resources boom, the fire sale of the taxpayers’ assets, increased charges, penalties, fees and duties; all that could not help Queensland to slide to became the fiscally second (after Brown’s Tasmania) worst Australian state. When the state account books are scrutinised after the elections, Queensland might beat Tasmania and the culprits would praise the day they appointed their EMILY’s list Governor and practically ensured a grant of pardons.
After twenty years of mismanagement, or rather a management for trade union oligarchy, Labor has not a single Ministry it could point to as a success. Transport, Education, Heath, Water Utilities, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Marine Infrastructure, Employment, Fisheries, Child Safety, Police, Housing, Corrective Services, Ambulance Services …, sad litany of practically unmitigated disasters. All that could perhaps be said in favour is that the Labor comrades managed Queensland to work slightly better than comrade Mugabe his Zimbabwe.
Desperate Annie described herself as an underdog – and I can understand her desperation; in a dog eat dog kennel which is ALP internal politics, facing the wrath of the union bosses must be a nightmare to her. Instead of directing the government by a phone call, the top dogs will now have to revert to the almost forgotten form of tactic – the blackmail by industrial actions. And that won’t make China happy.