from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Nobody trusts politicians. If they had at least some conscience, they would be selling used cars. In no other field of human endeavour one can get away with so blatant lies without going to jail (the “science” of climatology possibly excepted). Only a most naïve voter expects the elected politician to keep his or her promises. Still, one hopes that a politician one voted for will break only those promises which affect him, the voter, the least.
Needles to say, Abbott and his clutch of weasels are breaking the wrong ones. Taxes will go up and the ABC’s budget will perhaps be reduced by the staggering 1% over 4 years. After Abbott’s effective back-flip on a free speech (not promised abolishment, but a meaningless tinkering with s 18 C) that’s yet another nasty poke in the eyes of the genuine conservative voters. Abbott is in effect saying – we can do whatever we want, you have no choice but to vote for us.
It seems that there remains practically no option but the next time to vote for Hanson, Palmer, Mickey Mouse or anybody so as to shake those few remaining semi-honest politicians from their arrogant complacency. Nothing will shake pseudo-catholic, pseudo-conservative Abbott.