CENTRIST PARTY FOR XENOPHON?
...don’t think so Nick
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
It’s just a jump to the Left, and then a step to the Right and it’s... “let’s do the time warp again!” Then back to the Centre in a frantic attempt to garner votes by being all things to all people.
That’s a Party going nowhere. The vacuum in Aussie politics is not at the Centre... that’s a no-man’s land representing no-one and doomed to failure. Check history!
A handful of single-issue jerks in the Senate are right now governing Australia, and that’s the problem. No identifiable political ideology can be attached to any one of them, none can boast a Statement of Faith or even a brief manifesto that shows what they stand for.
The Nats (the original Country Party) are lost in another no-man’s land between rural interests and urban imperatives, serving neither, and the Libs are slowly dying in an amalgam of socialism and conservatism.
At least you know exactly where the Labor Party intends to take you. Exactly to where you were before, there is no embarrassment, they proudly admit it!
And still everyone wonders why Labor is ahead in the polls!
Either global warming is all bullshit or it’s not, either gay marriage is okay or it’s not, either the Islamification of Australia is a good thing or it’s not, either abortion is okay or it’s not, either the GST should be increased or it shouldn’t be.
Can you explain where the Coalition stands as one on any of these contentious issues? It's running away from all of them!
Conservative Parties are busily taking votes on whether or not to allow conscience votes while the Labor Party is telling you exactly how it will vote, and if any bastard dares cross the floor he will be expelled from the Party!
And Nick Xenophon wants to start another Centrist (equivocation) Party?
There certainly is a gaping vacuum in the political landscape right now but it’s nowhere near the Centre... it’s on the Right!
Disenchanted Labor Voters run to the Greens, disenchanted Conservative voters have nowhere to run, except informal. The DLP, Democrats, PUP and an array of pretenders ... all gone! Finished! Why? Because they all drifted to the Centre chasing votes that never really belonged to them.
And that’s why Tony Abbott had better decide very quickly who and what he and his Party stand for.
John Howard took the most contentious tax in history, the GST, to an election and won. Why? Because he believed in it, it needed to happen. He stood up for it, he justified it and he sold it, despite its possible electoral cost.
People need certainty, they need to plan their lives, a lack of policy certainty is death for any Party. The Greens are holding their own and they aren’t backward in promoting their loony agenda.
The voter has never been so disillusioned, but there is an option on the far Left for the Labor voter. Where is the option for the Coalition voter?
If Coalition voters had somewhere further Right to go the Coalition would get the vote back in preferences anyway, but the Coalition is hypnotised by the first preference.
The Labor Party are sluts, they will hop into bed with the Greens, the people they hate the most. But would Tony Abbott ever hop into bed with Pauline Hanson, despite the fact that no Hanson voter would ever vote Green or Labor anyway?
Right wing parties are now popping up like mushrooms after a storm because people need somewhere to go. They need someone to listen to them.
We will as usual follow the British and European social experiments and the lesson to be learnt from there is the failure of Islamic integration.
Most Australians recognise the problem but no Party in Australia is prepared to even discuss it.
Any Party that in future holds the balance of power, and there will be one, will have as its prominent platform the growing threat of Islam.
Don’t expect the Left to upset a large part of its voter base in marginal electorates, the Islamic problem is the Right’s problem.
And that’s why Nick Xenophon is playing with his donger if he thinks there’s a vacant spot in the Centre.