On Saturday, Vikki Campion’s piece, Let our PM be human, rightly attracted a lot of condemnation.
My indignation and anger at reading Vikki’s piece has made me think about how inept and useless our state and federal Liberal governments are. The always superb Professor James Allan has written very well over the years about how supine and spineless Australia’s Liberal governments and leaders have been and he recently wrote an excellent piece in the Spectator, Conservatives have been betrayed by hollow men and women, and here’s a little of what James wrote:
It was with all this in mind that I recently had a discussion with a fellow right-of-centre conservative voter who agreed with most of the above but asserted that ‘voters like us have no choice; ScoMo is better than Albanese’. My reply was that in terms of freedom, spending, defending internal borders and most of the Covid-related idiocies, we may well have been better off under Labor. Put bluntly, there is good reason to think a Shorten government would have been no worse in responding to Covid and possibly a good deal better. Why? Because democratic politics is not a one-party game. It is just not true that the winning side is wholly unaffected and unconstrained by the positions taken by the opposition. Had Shorten been in office when Covid hit he and Labor would have faced a Coalition opposition, probably one without ScoMo as leader. As an opposition supposedly committed to freedom et al., there is a good chance (the woeful state iterations notwithstanding) the Coalition would have pushed back against the world’s highest per capita spending during the pandemic, against some of the world’s harshest lockdowns (whose efficacy is everywhere called into question not least because we are still resorting to them fifteen months on), against the moronic ‘National Cabinet’ idea that gives premiers power without fiscal (or any other sort of) responsibility, against wimping out on the s.92 challenge – the list goes on.
Quite so Professor Allan. A few weeks ago I went for a walk with a friend and when I told her that I will not be voting for the limp lettuce Dave Sharma (who’s now complaining about the religious freedom bill) she also tried to sell me the snake oil that “ScoMo is better than Albanese’” . I said NO…ENOUGH, we can no longer cast a vote based on that fallacy.
It’s worth noting that we’ve had “Liberal governments” federally since 2013 and here in NSW since 2011. You wouldn’t know it. In both cases it didn’t take long for me to realise that both federal and state Liberal governments were going to be bitter disappointments. I quickly realised that these so called right of centre governments were nothing of the sort. Yes, the Abbott government did rid us of the Carbon Tax and it did stop the boats but none of these Liberal governments, federally or state, have defended, promoted and instituted Menzian principles such as free speech, limited government, religious freedom, fiscal responsibility, individual liberty and so on, in fact I reckon that the modern Liberal party is acutely embarrassed by such principles. All we see them do is capitulate to the latest gruesome leftist fad, fashion or ideology, there was little or no push back from the Liberal party on SSM and there’s been little or no push back on abortion or euthanasia…just look at what the NSW Liberal government did two years ago. Further none of these so-called Liberal governments have attempted to seriously curb sinister ideologies such as transgenderism etc. We now have Safe Schools firmly established in the NSW Education System and the only politician to push back on this is Mark Latham from One Nation. For years now, the Liberals have veered from Abbott’s nice ineptness to the failure to get rid of Section 18C to the greyhounds fiasco to French subs to an ABC out of control to unhinged spending to abortion at nine months to proposed euthanasia to embarrassment about coal to censoring their own and now to this Covid disaster……….and that’s just a smidgen of the party’s failures.
Last year I attended CPAC and I sat next to a senior Liberal, a conservative and one who’s been sidelined by Morrison. Note that there are now NO conservatives in cabinet. Given the climate change hysteria and the demonisation of coal over the last decade, I asked this person the following “so will we see the LNP sit back and allow the demonisation of gas just like they’ve sat back and allowed the demonisation of coal over the last fifteen years? He nodded in agreement with me and he then shrugged his shoulders. So that ladies and gentleman shows how utterly useless the Liberal party of Australia is now.
Finally to Morrison, the ultimate “hollow man”, who once glibly said about free speech…’It doesn’t create one job’.
Maybe, maybe not Mr Morrison but in 2022 it will certainly take away your job because millions of Australians will speak freely at the ballot box.