…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The People Hath Spoken; the winners will gloat, and the losers will blame everything and everybody but themselves. If only we managed to bamboozle those stupid voters with more propaganda! At the time of writing there is no firm result in the Queensland state elections, but one amusing lesson is already apparent – there is no need to be photogenic or even mildly intelligent to be elected. There is no discrimination in the Deep North (as the Left called Queensland during the peanut farmer Bjelke Petersen’s rule*) – the intellectually challenged have no grounds to complain to the Human Rights (Left) Commissarette Triggs and get hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ money in compensation.
Ignoring the seats gained and lost, the total (interim) of primary votes is interesting. When we divide the votes cast into two, admittedly imprecise and slightly misleading groups, we find that the so called Right got 50.2 %: LibNats 41.4, Palmer UPs 4.9, Katter’s family party 1.8, Family First 1.2 and One Nation 0.9. Yes, I know that I am stretching it. Still, the Left got 46.2%: ALP 38.0 and Greens 8.2. Even if all the “others” were leftists, it would be just 49.9%.
So what, we are equally divided, albeit after the “massive” swing against and “total rejection” of Newman’s government, but that is not my point. It is, as often, the media. Who would believe, after reading the pup and watching the slops produced by those activistas, that a half of Queenslanders rejects the Left?
*/ we became enlightened when we elected a Labor lawyer Goss