Oct 122009

It’s little wonder Glenn Milne is often tagged ‘the poison dwarf’. There’s no traction to be gained from promoting his ideological flagship, at least in the federal sphere, because it’s foundered and doesn’t look like floating off any time soon. So, he figures he’ll target the bureaucracy as a means of criticising the government. Actually, even criticising Ken Henry, or this lame attempt at claiming Henry is far from the impartial senior bureaucrat that he most surely is, falls well short of criticising the Labor government. Clearly the advice Henry gave, and is still giving, is working perfectly for the economy as a whole. The stimulus packages have succeeded in staving off the recession the rest of the world fell into. Milne et al, which includes Turnbull, Hockey and the rest of that poor collection of smiling assassins, have failed to find genuine fault with the government’s strategies, and instead have seemingly decided to tear down their advisors.
Here’s a news flash for the dwarf. That’s what senior bureaucrats do. Advise the government of the day to the very best of their ability. It’s a bureaucrat’s job to advise, and carry out the edicts of the government of the day, which Ken Henry does very efficiently. That the government’s collective ideological antithesis doesn’t like the fact that bureaucratic advice is assisting the government to do the job it was elected to do speaks more of the nay-sayers, than of the government or its advisors.
Let’s reiterate the position once again. A free and fair democratic election was held in November 2007. Conservatism was shown the door. Conservatism is yet to work out why. There isn’t a hope in hell of conservatism returning to government in this country until it’s brains trust works out why. If conservatism would do more navel gazing and less mindless nit-picking, perhaps it might start to come back into touch with the voters. I won’t hold my breath on the subject.