from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The six-years-old nightmare ends and a new one begins. “Unelectable” Abbott has won and the Coalition has a very comfortable majority in the House of Representatives; at the moment 89 seats out of 150.* The Senate could be a problem, though Tim Andrews of The Australian Taxpayers Alliance is optimistic:
“The reality is – this has the potential to be one of the most pro-liberty Senates we have seen in history. Despite the multi-million dollar campaigns by far-left groups like GetUp, the Labor-Green majority has been broken.
Better still – many of the minor party candidates who have come in their place are strong defenders of liberty – and just the people to ensure an Abbott government does the right thing. In particular, both Bob Day from Family First and David Leyonhjelm from the Liberal Democratic Party, who look likely to be elected in NSW and SA respectively, have a long-standing commitment to the ideas of economic liberty.
While they may disagree on social issues, they both are rock-solid in their support for cutting taxes and axing the carbon tax, slashing red tape, and restoring our liberties. Before the election I said that their tax policies were the best of any political parties, and their election to the senate would be a great victory for taxpayers.
Both Bob and David can be counted on to do the right thing and ensure Tony Abbott does the right thing about the economy, and them holding the balance of power is excellent news indeed.“
I am not so sure. History shows that politicians can not be trusted and the recent Australian history had shown that the so called independents, elected on conservative or semi-conservative platforms, ditch them readily for personal gain. Tim Andrews is still young.
So far Abbott has not put a foot wrong. His after-election, victory speech was good, and let’s hope against hope that it will prove to be the truth. The stunt with his temporary accommodation and Julie Bishop’s proposed economy flights should not be taken too seriously. See the first episodes of Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.
LibNats have no principles to speak of, so theoretically they can’t compromise them, but they still try. Pray tell me, what principles Malcolm Fraser (ex-Liberal Prime Minister) ever had? After his misunderstanding with Lloyds of London he espoused any politically correct myth, perhaps, to be charitable,without a fee. Even now, in his dotage, he campaigned for the extreme Left scatterbrain Sarah Hanson-Young. And we may well leave the veil of homophobia over the principles of the ex-Liberal Party Member of the House of Representatives, the formerly Honourable Peter Slipper.
Or have you forgotten Pauline Hanson? She had the temerity to just marginally challenge the duopoly, or rather the political power see-saw, and the LibNat conspired with Labor to remove the threat. The vicious attacks on her and the One Nation party had nothing to do with racism or xenophobia. After all, Howard quickly adopted the basic ideas. Only the terminally naïve expect integrity in our rulers.
Why the nightmare then, you may ask? Well, not for us who remember and thus do not expect much, but for all those who voted for the Coalition not as the lesser evil, but as the saviour. They will be sorely disappointed.
Since the Federation Australia was ruled by the quasi-Conservative parties for about 30, 600 days and by the Labor for less than a half of that – 12, 300.
The Gramscian Great March through the institutions happened mostly on the so called conservative parties’ watch – since 1945 the Coalition won seventeen elections of thirty-eight. John Howard had ruled for eleven, largely wasted, years. I ask – will the new government learn from the mistakes of the Howard era? It is likely that all they will learn is how to make new ones.
The LibNats’ mistakes, mostly arising from the party-political mind-frame are too numerous to list. For example, had Howard been able to suppress his pining for glory, he would have split the Work Choices legislation into three or four more palatable bits. A bad tactical mistake, a blow to Howard’s ego and a blow to the Australian economy to be felt for years to come.
The idiotic gun laws were, in my opinion, a strategic error. John Howard cynically seized the opportunity of the Port Arthur massacre to impose his simple suburban mentality on the law abiding citizens in order to boost his fragile ego and to please the totalitarians – and in the process he alienated many conservative voters. In that the Liberal Party showed its true colour – yellow.
*/ To be continued. The publication of this part, written about three weeks ago, has been delayed by technical problems.