You really have to wonder at either the gullibility of Conservative politicians, or their political opportunism.
“Several sources said party director Brian Loughnane told the meeting that when interviewers explained the implications of an ETS to survey respondents, they were negative about the proposed scheme.”
Taken from this article in today’s Oz, I find such political manoeuvring – and that’s all this is – utterly disingenuous at best on the part of the Conservative elements in the Liberal Party, given the chair of the Coalition’s backbench climate change committee, WA member Dr Mal Washer, has already expressed that committee’s acceptance of climate change as a reality. I have to ask, who were the ‘interviewers’, what were their qualifications for explaining the implications of an ETS, and how broad or random was the survey? Anyone with a gram of understanding of the politically motivated polling process knows full well that questions on contentious issues are always worded so that a desired response is given. What’s that old sage …. never ask a question that you don’t already know the answer to?
Are the Conservative elements within the Liberal Party going to disavow the idea of doing something about a concept their Party as a whole has already accepted as reality, on the basis that the ‘something’ is crafted by their ideological opposites in Labor? It seems likely. This is political gamesmanship at it’s most stupid. Bring on the inevitable Double Dissolution, I say.