The Libs and The Oz do not want government
Posted by Dave Bath on 2011-04-12
I’m beginning to suspect that the Liberal party machine does not want a federal Liberal government soon, and neither do the major backers of the Liberal party – including the partisan mouthpiece, Murdoch’s The Australian.
The Libs could easily gain control of parliament before the year is out, simply by re-instating Turnbull as parliamentary leader – for Turnbull is the preferred leader of voters (even attractive to Labor and Greens voters), and could woo the independents to support a Liberal government in a month or two.
Why wouldn’t the Libs and their backers want government, want control of the country’s economic and social direction?
The implication of this unwillingness to take office is that the Liberal party machine and backers do not think the economy and society of Australia would be any better off under a Liberal government than it is under the ALP. Indeed, it is a massive if tacit expression of confidence in the Gillard/Swan handling of the economy.
I know this sounds ridiculous, but I cannot make sense of what is happening in Canberra any other way.
Consider – Gillard is an apostate.
Gillard has confessed, in her shameful Whitlam Oration, to her compliance to traditional Liberal Party economic and social orthodoxy. She has admitted her rejection of ALP traditions, and indeed the relatively recently adopted ALP Constition.
Gillard is known to be averse to meaningful climate action: exploiting the spinelessness of PM Rudd – a spinelessness that presented a soft target for a backstabber.
It’s as if Gillard wants to present herself as the star of some kind of political Bondage and Discipline freak show.
She is happily the captive of the climate vandals, happily bound by and submissive to plutocratic interests, happy to accept their abuse in the mainstream media – in full view of the public.
So, what do the Lib machines and backers fear from gaining government within months?
They would fear Turnbull’s undoubted integrity, intelligence, and his ability to present the patent truth, convince voters that prompt climate action is necessary, that it can be done without much if any economic pain, and indeed, is necessary for Australia’s long-term economic competitiveness.
They would fear the only response of the ALP – to reinstate KRudd, who is preferred by voters as the ALP parliamentary leader.
KRudd has obviously been inclined to climate action, and maybe he has had a stronger spine installed after being stabbed in the back.
They would fear a parliament where both parties have leaders wanting climate action, where both parties have a proven willingness to negotiate on big issues.
They would fear the possibility that through such negotiations, parliament might become a place where the interest of the country is negotiated in other areas, that parliament might become more than a gladiatorial arena.