Ronald Reagan once famously remarked that he (up till then a long-time Party member) had not left the Democratic Party, it had left him. In a recent issue of the Spectator British left-wing commentator Nick Cohen made a similar sort of argument about the Jeremy Corbyn-led Labour Party. Cohen said that tearing up his decades-old Labour Party membership card was not a sign of having significantly changed his political positions, but rather of the Party’s having done so. I wonder how many right-of-centre Australian voters are feeling much the same after September’s Liberal Party coup that defenestrated Tony Abbott in…
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