Economic beliefs abandoned dog whistling is all that’s left (ODT)
Although it is tempting to focus on the personalities, the betrayals and the poisonous personal feuds, there is much more at stake amid the current chaos within the federal Coalition. The government of the nation is paralysed. And the Liberal Party is teetering on the brink of permanent schism or even extinction.
Dog-whistling on race and gender can trump economic self-interest when living standards are rising. Despite their shrill squealing about “identity” politics, that is all that is left to conservatives like Dutton and their base. Their economic model is discredited. They no longer even believe in themselves. The game is up. Maybe even the party is over.