WOW! WHO WOULDA THUNK THAT!
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.
As Clive Palmer slipped quietly out the back door, the political pundits were saying, “We are in a new era of electoral volatility”. Bullshit! The Libs were suggesting, “Our message needs to be sold better”. Bullshit! Just stop lying to us and everything will go back to normal.
Only 7.3 (now 8) per cent of Pickering Post readers picked the result and that percentage was fairly consistent across the nation... it was an unthinkable outcome. The voters have given their politicians a clear message and even after a result like the one last night, Coalition politicians still haven’t twigged to what it is.
When voters are lied to it becomes a lot more serious than simply treating them like fools. Their vote, in fact their whole voting system, is wilfully destroyed, trust is shattered, faith in democracy wavers as they scream, “How dare you treat my vote with such utter contempt!”
Tomorrow a prematurely ageing Tony Abbott may well be giving his last Press Club address as Prime Minister and he had better get it right this time. If he still insists that his message needs to be “sold better” then it will be clear the penny still hasn’t dropped.
The days of nonchalantly lying to the electorate are over, just ask Newman, Gillard and now Abbott. The Libs revere John Howard but they learnt nothing from him. He knew the introduction of a lethal GST could cost him an election, but it didn’t! He said what he was going to do, and he did it! And that happens to matter.
Abbott won a landslide election on a Gillard lie, but he subsequently proved to have lied in exactly the same way she did, and now he expects a different result?
Polling suggests the electorate is champing on the bit waiting to kill him in the same way they killed Gillard and now Newman.
Newman’s lies will cost Queensland dearly. The LNP have lost, the Newman experiment has failed and Annastacia Palaszczuk’s likely makeshift Government has disaster written all over it.
She gushingly and primarily thanked the unions for the result, reaffirming that State assets will not be sold despite their diminishing value.
That means she is blind to debt in the same way Gillard and Rudd were. Interest alone on a probable $100 billion debt will soak up all that could have been spent on infrastructure. Environmentalists will play havoc with any development and unions will restore a bloated public service.
NSW will be sandwiched between two of Australia’s most historically corrupt, union-influenced Labor Parties in history.
And who can we thank for that? Campbell Newman and the influence of Tony Abbott. They both lied, and an angry electorate will no longer cop it.
It’s over to you now Mr Abbott. Tomorrow we expect you to tell us the bullshit will finally stop.