OH DEAR, HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
...and right under our noses
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.
We all know that we vote for a Party’s candidate, the successful Party then elects a leader who becomes the Prime Minister. We don’t elect the PM; that’s the Westminster system. So where has it all gone so terribly wrong?
A bloke called Abbott spends years, as an elected Lib Leader, destroying incompetent Rudd and corrupt Gillard Governments before leading his Party to the greatest landslide win in Coalition history only to be unceremoniously dumped mid-first term by those within the Party who are not a cigarette paper removed from those who were so roundly defeated. Blimey!
But Abbott is not without fault, he refuses to watch his back, "I only look forward", he said. Yet he already knew of Bishop and Turnbull's planned coup back in February of this year when he specifically asked Bishop not to attend a fundraiser event in Sydney with the then Communications Minister amid damaging Turnbull leaks... she ignored his request.
Abbott made the same mistake after the 2010 election. He refused to negotiate while Gillard was running around like a blowfly in a strange shithouse batting her eyelashes at every available crossbencher and independent.
After his 2013 success Abbott fought for and largely achieved what the people voted for, but all that work is now in the process of being slowly eroded to suit the rebellious Left wing of a formerly Centre-Right Party.
Malcolm Turnbull will never have more political capital than he has right now, although that is more a reflection on the popularity of the hapless Shorten. And Turnbull’s “preferred PM” polling against Abbott was more a reflection of Abbott’s unpopularity, due primarily to a viciously pro-Left ABC/Fairfax media.
History suggests for Turnbull it’s all downhill from this point on. So he must be seriously considering a snap election given the balancing act he needs to perform without having his own mandate.
He is now operating under the mandate awarded to Abbott, and there is so much more he wants to change. But Turnbull is no fool, he knows doing too much too soon will invite the wrath of the Nats and his own Party’s Centre-Right faction and even the nervous Nellies who agreed to elevate him.
Turnbull is a Republican, Abbott is a royalist. Turnbull is pro gay marriage, Abbott isn’t. Turnbull wants more UN involvement, Abbott doesn’t. Turnbull is an ABC lover, Abbott isn’t. Turnbull believes in anthropogenic global warming, Abbott reckons it’s all crap. Turnbull wants a carbon tax, Abbott got rid of it. Turnbull wants a GST increase and a tax on high-end superannuants, Abbott doesn’t.
The two are philosophically opposed on all fronts and although Abbott ain’t going anywhere, his hands are tied.
Turnbull’s deputy, Julie Bishop is intoxicated with UN representation, foreign aid, the UNHCR and the IPCC and Malcolm has let her off the leash in New York to do as she wants. Abbott refused to allow her to run riot.
The danger for Australia is that Turnbull knows that Shorten wouldn’t have a snowflake’s chance in hell of beating him in a snap election. This would allow Turnbull to move drastically to the Left and no-one in the Coalition could object once he called an election. Shorten would have no-where to move other than further Left into the arms of corrupt unions.
Turnbull would win with a healthy majority and Australia would be left with a Government it would never normally vote for with far Left Policies it would never normally embrace. Would that be a democratic Westminster outcome?
In the space of one term a highly successful conservative Abbott Coalition would have morphed into a Turnbull Left Government. And all because Abbott was too successful in gaining the Coalition a record majority that worked against him.
Thirty nervous backbenchers he didn’t really need decided on a coup to depose Abbott rather than risk losing the tenuously marginal seats that never really belonged to them anyway.
Bloody hell! Look around... is this the Government we asked for? Is this the PM we voted for? No, it’s not. It’s entirely different and we haven’t cast a single ballot paper! And if Turnbull does call an early election, which is highly likely, the electorate loses again!
If this is democracy at work we don’t need a damned republic, we need our own Spring uprising!