Ten little nondescripts trawling for some votes. Nine didn’t make the grade then there was one. My federal electorate is North Sydney, where Trent Zimmerman is the sitting member. Yes, I know, I have your sympathies. There are ten candidates for the seat, including Trent.
I have seen Trent twice on the hustings. Once outside Woolworths supermarket, once outside Coles. He cuts a lonely figure, I think. No adoring crowds. He had a young Liberal Party wannabe with him the first time, two the second. I recall Zali Steggall flooding a shopping centre with twenty to thirty tee-shirted supporters in 2019. I haven’t seen Kylea Tink out and about but I imagine she comes replete with many useful tee-shirted idiots.
If I had to take a guess, I’d say Trent is in trouble. Warringah, were Zali did her thing against Tony Abbott, abuts North Sydney. Same kind of people. Same susceptibility to idiotic thinking. It’s hard to take in if you’re still in charge of your senses. But a great body of people in inner-city electorates think that bush fires and flooding would be quelled if only Australia did more to tackle climate change. Should such people get the vote? Obviously not. They are seriously delusional and need psychological treatment. It doesn’t matter, when so many are delusional, they don’t stand out; instead, they vote in delusional airheads.
Suffering under a delusion myself; that is, that my vote matters, I pour over the candidates. My strategy is to vote Lib Dems 1, One Nation 2, UAP 3, IMOP 4 (by the way that’s the anti-vax Informed Medical Options Party), Libs 5 with Labor, the Greens and other climate catastropharians trailing the field. Kylea’s number 10.
I figure my vote will eventually help Trent vis-a-vis Kylea. Though I’m not sure why I should care.
The poor conservative sods outside the polling booths looked from moderate to airhead, and from airhead to moderate, and from moderate to airhead again, but it was impossible to say which was which. Not quite true of course, but there’s no mistaking how far left and green the Libs have gone.
This then is the sad state of affairs. Thirteen female airhead candidates, supported by Climate 200. All contesting seats held by the Libs (9) or the Nats (3). The only exception, which isn’t an exception at all, is the seat of Hughes held by Craig Kelly (formerly a Lib now UAP). And the worst of it? This suggestion that those being challenged by the airheads are moderates. As though there is a whole other large cohort of hairy-chested Liberals standing up for freedom of speech, religious freedom, coal, truth, justice and the Australian way.
What is a moderate Liberal circa 2022? Answer, a Liberal.