Tony Abbott’s Op-Ed in today’s Oz must have his party leader slowly shaking his head in despair.
Entitled ‘Posturing Is Poor Policy’ Abbott goes on to posture as well as he’s ever done. Abbott tries hard to make a case for the Labor government making hay while the gloom of a dark sun shines dread and disaster on the global economy, simply because a poll makes public what 70% of respondents believe to be the truth. The government is making the best of a bad lot in the popularity stakes, while an opposition bereft of policy and direction continues to wander aimlessly in the political wilderness.
Even in his opening para, he attempts to draw a reference between well and favourably acknowledged fiscal tactics employed as only a responsible government can in the midst of a global economic downturn, and the yawning gap between Labor and coalition parties in the popularity stakes. His reference to lower interest rates is disingenuous at best, given the independence of the RBA, while he makes no reference at all to the possibly skittish blunder the RBA made earlier this year in raising rates precipitantly. His reference to lower petrol prices is just sheer nonsense, as the prices of almost all commodities across the globe have fallen in price.
The rest of his piece seems to bemoan the loss of government over a year ago, makes erroneous claims regarding the government’s amendments to the Workchoices legislation, and goes on to confirm for anyone who doubted that a Liberal Party returned to government during the span of incumbency of former members of the Howard regime, such as Tony Abbott, would resurrect that draconian legislation at a moment’s notice.
The Liberal Party can’t save the country from Opposition. Our principles and values have not changed but the political circumstances have. We’re not obliged to try at all times to implement tough workplace relations law because it would boost employment any more than Rudd is obliged to bring on a republican referendum tomorrow. A party’s principles should not change to suit circumstances but its policies have to if it is to respect democracy. Voters can expect us to highlight the damage government legislation might do but not necessarily to vote against it until there is evidence that the electorate’s opinion has changed.
Crystal clear evidence of the Abbott-post Howardian mindset. It is identical to that exhibited whilst the man was in government. He’s learned nothing, least of all about the import of democracy. The messages of the lesson drummed into the Howardian regime 24 November 2007 haven’t been learned. Those lessons haven’t even been heard. The born to rule attitudes still exist, and are truly as far from Menzies as Abbott himself is from current reality. Right down to the castigation he delivers to the coalition partners, the Nationals.
As a piece of critical thinking, this Op-Ed piece is nothing more than what James of Melbourne identifies it as.
"This is a puerile piece of self-serving justification for a whack that you have rightly been given in the polls. I really thought you had more bollocks than that."
I never have, but then, I’m not like James. A life-long Liberal voter.