One of reasons why Victoria is in such a parlous state is because of the Victorian Liberal Party. For decades now the Victorian Liberals have failed to provide any credible opposition to the Bracks, Brumby and Andrews’ Labor governments. In the Westminster system ineffectual oppositions enable corrupt and inept governments. The Westminster system works best when a government in power has a strong and robust opposition. Okay, okay, in 2010 the Victorian Liberals fell over the line and managed to cobble a government together but then for the next four years they sat and did nothing. Ted Baillieu would have to rank as one of the most insipid and vanilla premiers in the history of federation. He then wimped out and handed over power to Dennis Napthine who may have risen to be a decent premier , but it was too late in the day and Andrews was already yapping at the Liberal government’s heels. The state Liberal Party is an ongoing joke, on policy they’re routinely Labor lite and when it comes to confronting Andrews and Labor, they’re always missing in action.
One month ago, the Victorian Liberals had a leadership change and installed, for a second time, Matthew Guy as leader. I prefer to call him Groundhog Guy, it’s a much more accurate description. Remember that this is the same Groundhog Guy who, in 2018, led the Victorian Liberals to a massive defeat. He and his party achieved this honour by being Labor lite on almost every issue and by refusing to throw any punches at Andrews and his government (and there’s a lot to throw). So, with Groundhog Guy back in charge it hasn’t taken long for the Liberals to fall back into their preferred state of cosy myopia combined with supine and spineless capitulation to Comrade Dan’s edicts. Groundhog Guy and the Liberal Party were missing in action during the Melbourne protests a few weeks ago. If ever there had been a perfect time for Groundhog Guy and the Liberal party to attempt to score some political brownie points and attack Comrade Dan’s leadership it was then but the Victorian Liberals were, naturally, missing in action and they did what they always do best…..nothing.
However, there is an opposition in Victoria but alas it’s composed of only two men, David Limbrick and Tim Quilty from the Liberal Democrats. Both men, particularly Limbrick, pack a punch and they do what any credible opposition party should do, they oppose the government of Daniel Andrews. Now, y’all need to get out the smelling salts because I’m going to tell you something. Both Limbrick and Quilty have political beliefs and Mon Dieu, they are willing to stand up for those beliefs, something you’ll never ever see from Groundhog Guy and the useless Victorian Liberals. And here’s some proof, early yesterday David Limbrick sent out the following tweet, which Dover had kindly posted on the sidebar…
Some Liberal party members have contacted me today asking why I’m attacking @LiberalVictoria. Let me be clear. Your leader today said he would support kicking me out of Parliament because I refuse to declare my medical status. This is a declaration of war. Choose your side now.
— David Limbrick MP (@_davidlimbrick) October 8, 2021
Kol hakavod to David Limbrick. By the way, both Limbrick and Quilty are double vaccinated. What they rightly object to is being forced to declare one’s medical status in order to sit in parliament. This is an outrageous assault on democracy, freedom and decency. However, whilst this kind of behaviour is entirely predictable from the Andrews government, as far as I’m concerned what is more outrageous, more despicable and yet entirely predictable is that Groundhog Guy and the Liberals are, once again, capitulating to Comrade Dan’s totalitarian dictates.
I ask the question, what is the point of voting Liberal in Victoria?
Here’s the brutal answer, there isn’t any.