|Another three years of this?|
As the ALP licks its collectivist wounds over losing last Saturday's
federal election, leftists have been lamenting 'how could the Australian
public have gotten it so wrong?' Didn't they know Little Johnny
was a lying rodent who threw refugee children to their
deaths off sinking SIEV-X boats before locking them up in Nauru during his retirement?
Didn't we tell them often enough? We may seem economically irresponsible, but
don't they understand that we do these things for their own good
because we love them?
Apparently not. But some in the ALP have realized that just blaming Little
Johnny for their devastating loss won't win them the next election.
Education and health
are great things for the ALP to promote themselves on. Telling everyone that
they will spend more, that they will spend bigger, that they will create the
nanny state which won't make you personally accountable for anything, but will
(and control) of the most important aspects of your life is an easy
move. People will believe that from a leftist party.
But the ALP have realized that this is not enough. People understand that
public education and public health are paid for through taxes, and they are only possible
for a healthy economy. Yep, it's the economy stupid.
Mark (Maddog) Latham has acknowledged that he has to improve his party's
economic credentials to win the next election. Unfortunately proving you are
better than the opposition at running an economy is a hard call for a leftist
party. Even the most stupid voter knows what happened to the leftist economies last
century. Of course removing the former union thug from the position of
Shadow Treasurer is a good start. At least it proves that Maddog is trying
But it's the little things that make election campaigns interesting - like
the things that it didn't have. How many times were Wimmin!'s rights, Aboriginal reconciliation
mentioned by the mainstream parties? Anyone?
Silence has been described by some composers as the thirteenth tone. And
while the shrill screaming of the auctioneers got a bit much toward the end of
the campaign, the silence on ratbag minority issues was
music to the ears of some of us.
At least feminism is dead. Long live greed.