For the Coalition, it is all about winning, not governing, just winning. Christopher Pyne has said as much. “Politics is trapped in a self-obsessed and panic-prone spiral that is damaging Parliament’s ability to work for the good of voters.” That is code for not being able to get anything of substance done.
He also explained (finally), some of the thinking inside the party room meeting that saw Malcolm Turnbull sacked.
David Wroe in Sunday’s Sydney Morning Herald wrote, “Opening up on last year’s leadership turmoil, Mr Pyne also said Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton was “electorally unpopular” outside his home state of Queensland and would have damaged the Liberal Party’s chances of winning the federal election had he been installed as leader.”
One suspects that’s all the Liberal party thinks about….It’s all about winning. Not governing, just winning. Let government take care of itself. Any idiot can govern, but better us idiots than some other idiots.
But here’s the kicker. Never underestimate the ability of the electorate to fall for their rhetoric and vote against its own best interests. For a party devoid of policies and effective leadership, a negative campaign by the Coalition is all they have and for them, as lazy as they are, it’s the path of least resistance, one in which they have form. Remember the ‘debt and deficit’ farce?
But, the results can be devastating for an Opposition. Take note! The election is not won, until it’s won.
Ask Peter “the skull” Dutton, our minister for gnome affairs, whose failed messianic bid on 24 August to supplant Malcolm Turnbull as Australia’s Prime Minister is mostly responsible for the Vesuvian-strength political disruption against the Liberals in Saturday’s state election in Victoria and political rockstar Julia Banks moving to the crossbench as an Independent, severing from the Liberal Party entirely.
When winning is all that counts( ODT)
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A Victorian Liberal Party campaigner who has worked in Geelong has resigned from the party amid allegations he was involved in the neo-Nazi movement.
Scott Harrison has been seen in photographs campaigning with the Liberal candidate for Lara, near Geelong, Tony McManus, and the Liberal candidate for Bellarine, Ron Nelson.
Fairfax Media has reported that Mr Harrison was a former prominent member of the white supremacist group Church of Creativity.
In a statement, Liberal state director Damien Mantach said the party was not aware of Mr Harrison’s previous connections.
“His comments are unacceptable and do not reflect the views of the Liberal Party,” he said.
“He has now resigned from the party, effective immediately.”
Victorian Premier Denis Napthine said he welcomed news that Mr Harrison had resigned.
“He has never been a part of my team and has never worked for the Coalition Government,” he said in a statement.
“There is absolutely no place in society for these type of comments.”
The ABC has attempted to contact Mr Harrison.
A spokesman for the Liberal MP for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson, would not confirm what role Mr Harrison played in her 2013 federal election campaign.
Mr Nelson and Mr McManus have not return calls from the ABC.