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April 09th 2018 print

Peter Smith

Labor or Liberal, it’s Squealer’s World

As Orwell's porcine propagandist put it, "loyalty and obedience are more important." Loyalty, in the case of the current government, to betraying free expression, promoting green myths and stupendous electricity bills and, most shamefully, to the blanket rejection of conservative principles

squealerApropos Animal Farm: The creatures outside [crestfallen Liberal voters] looked from Labor politicians to Liberal and from Liberal to Labor, and from Labor to Liberal again; but it was already impossible to say which was which.

I caught the American conservative warrior Ann Coulter on TV saying “the House [US House of Representatives] will flip in November.” There is no point in voting Republican, she said. She’s frustrated with her side of politics. It is an international problem as the political spectrum has shifted leftwards in most Western democracies.

Where do conservative go? There are more options in Australia than in the US, though less than in Europe where populism has leveraged off mass and unwanted Muslim immigration. Here there are splinter groups, but really the options are very limited. Voting outside of the two-party block is usually gesturing – to wit, an action performed for show while knowing it will have no effect. John Howard reminded us at one point that the Liberal Party was a broad church. How broad is broad? Trent Zimmerman is my local federal member. His views are too outlying for me. I put him down the list on my voting slip at the last election. It was a quintessential gesture.

I am willing compromise to stay inside the tent. I understand that containing government expenditure is as close to impossible as it gets. Therefore, I attach no great blame to the government for embracing the unaffordable NDIS or for increasing expenditure on schools, hospitals and child care. Unfortunately, victimhood is now so well entrenched as the go-to emotion that no political party can survive denying a growing stream of benefits to those perceived as needing services that they can’t personally afford. That part of the game is over.

I also understand that standing tall against the LGBTQ lobby pits you against the media and sanctimonious corporate bigwigs and that rejecting global-warming hysteria labels you as a pariah and worse. But things have gone too far. Same-sex marriage provided a perfect opportunity for the government to insist on a quid pro quo to ensure that those on the opposing side, particularly those with religious objections, would have their rights of conscience and free speech protected. Nothing of substance was done.

Then there’s climate. It is one thing to join the global-warming bleaters. It is quite another to implement the most useless and ruinous (supposed) countermeasures ever recorded in the annals of government. How it makes sense to cool the world by exporting records amounts of thermal coal while demolishing Australia’s coal-power stations, emitting relatively minuscule amounts of CO2, is a mystery beyond unravelling.

You might say that the federal government has been partially hijacked by state governments’ idiocies. True, but not to the point. The federal government has been missing in action. Only now is it belatedly trying to save Liddell. Hazelwood closed last year. Eight coal power stations were closed over the period 2014 to 2016. And have you spotted Malcolm Turnbull going into bat, determinedly, loudly and frequently, for fracking and nuclear power? I missed it.

Then there’s the ritual disparagement of all things Abbott. He who bravely led his motley crew to a resounding election victory less than five years ago. Or did he? “And as to the battle of the Cowshed,” as Squealer told the barnyard proletariat, “I believe that the time will come when we shall find that Snowball’s part in it was much exaggerated.”

By raising immigration and, along with others, the building of state-owned coal power stations, Tony Abbott provided a platform for these important issues to become part of the discussion in the party room and in the wider circle of Liberal members and supporters. Instead, government henchmen rushed Stalin-style to the political pulpit to denounce him.

Liberal politicians are way out of touch. Thirty negative Newspolls in a row just might be a clue. They should sample current Liberal voters and erstwhile ones like me. They will find, I believe, that most are deeply concerned about the size and makeup of immigration and the reliability and cost of power. Congestion and over-burdened services, stagnating wage levels, cultural discordance, deradicalization programs, bollards and home invasions are not mere figments. Neither are power outages, rising electricity bills and the stress this puts on the poor and on the country’s industrial base.

When did Liberal politicians start backing away from free expression, from putting Australia’s interests ahead of the global pack, from engaging with issues because they have a vendetta against the person who raises them? The answer is clear enough; when they had sidled far enough to the left. The Left at its core is globalist and fascist. It demands compliance. “Bravery is not enough,” said Squealer, “loyalty and obedience are more important.”

Anyone who strays from the party line is a rat. Ergo Abbott is a Liberal rat. Rat reformed and reprised would be nice, but it ain’t gonna happen. I fear more gesture voting is in store for me.

 

Peter Smith, a frequent Quadrant Online contributor, is the author of Bad Economics

Comments [18]

  1. Jody says:

    Buy gold and hedge against political chaos – which we are surely having and which will continue. Gold will increase in value under such circumstances and the inevitable collapse of the US stock exchange, which is massively over-priced.

    • Keith Kennelly says:

      I’d suggest you are better off buying US $.

      You hanging onto devaluing shares when you knew Trumps policies on unfair trade and Chinese dupliticious currency policy says your opinion on what to invest in is truely suspect.

      Gold has ups and downs, always has always will do. it was once $1600 an ounce. I sold then.

      The strength of the US dollar depends on the industrial might of its manufacturing of the means of production, not trade nor of the manufacture consumer products like China.

      The US is much more diverse and substantive. It also has something China hasn’t. It has an innovative process that starts with a very liberal based education system that produces innovation and and invention.

      China hasn’t that. In any trade war China will be decimated and we will benefit.

      Rushing to gold is a fools option. There is much more money to be made in trading currencies and US innovation and core industrial stocks.

      Under Trump the US core is going gangbusters.

      Jeez Jody you really do need to read much more than you do. You will fairly quickly lose that fortune you claim to have amassed if your advice is to buy gold in the current climate.

      • Jody says:

        Stop with the projections; so transparent. Have you heard of a ‘diverse portfolio”? I thought not. Overseas shares have susceptibility to currency fluctuations; merry-go-rounds and swings. Any idiot knows that.

        • Keith Kennelly says:

          It takes real intellect and experience to understand wealth spread around the globe doesn’t experience the susceptibility currency fluctuations.

          Only really smart people know in the an international environment a spread of investment across borders mean currency fluctuations can be manipulated to make money.

          It’s obvious your view focus is only limited to Australia’s borders.

          Your rants highlight you limitations. Open your mind and learn something for s change.

          You have been and continue to be so wrong about so much.

  2. ChrisPer says:

    And too chickenshit to even offer a spoken platitude about reducing spending.
    I am voting Labor this time.

  3. Jimbob says:

    “I fear more gesture voting is in store for me.”

    Peter, do I sense gloom? It just may be that all looks impossible at the moment. I’m even considering voting Labor just to expedite the healing process. All history teaches us that the best cure for Marxism whether foisted upon us by the Liberal Party or the Labor Party, is a sure, sharp dose of the same….a kind of vaccination if you will….After a period of time wherein we are all equally poor, equally stupefied and equally pissed on Vodka, Moutai or some other “spiritual” comfort, we will finally wake up and realise that if we wish to enjoy the wealth of creation, nothing beats a dose of personal liberty, restrained and unobtrusive government and an enlightened, ethical capitalism whereby we not only have enough to share for our own immediate needs, the needs of those who may be less fortunate and have some left over to invest in the welfare of our grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Whatever excuse Turnbull and his sycophantic acolytes apply to justifying staying in power, could just as easily have been applied to Tony Abbott. My conclusion is not one that requires any special intelligence to comprehend. It’s deeply personal and a replay of the Universal Truth – Bad men hate Good men and have no qualms in doing them in! It’s Abbott’s innate goodness that keeps him loyal to a party that treated him so poorly. Abbott did, what Malcolm Turnbull couldn’t do – win a landslide election and it must still grate that Abbott proved the better performer. When he should have been concentrating on building the NBN, he spent valuable time and our hard-earned, stewing and looking for an opportunity to advance his own career whatever it cost the nation. He is definitely not a good man. He is the consummate political animal (and that is the operative word).

    I know that is a bit harsh and I ought not speak of a “ruler of the people” in this way, but truth be told.

    So to get back to my original thesis – maybe we really do need a “vaccination” for the intergenerational health of our nation. There are only two other alternatives that I readily see (though I’m happy to be educated), both very sub-optimal, one is to arm the people as the final bulwark against the mischief of government; the other is to do nothing and acquiesce in the great movement towards an earthly Utopia where the memory of all good things is slowly eradicated…

  4. Rob Brighton says:

    I have read here of others who have chosen to pack their bags and leave.
    It is, on the surface an attractive option especially in light of retirement rushing ever closer.
    Not that it will help Australia in the slightest but it may help my wife and me.
    I do not think it is possible to change the direction we are heading, we gave that away when we allowed the lefts march thru the institutions and the religious right control of the conservative narrative.

    • Keith Kennelly says:

      ‘I have read here of others who have chosen to pack their bags and leave.’

      That’s a bit extreme.

      All you have to do is shift a substantial share of your wealth off shore, legally of course.

      It’s safe in the US, but not in property and you can’t buy or sell gold in the US.

      Put your faith in your sentiments, they are right.

    • en passant says:

      Rob,
      I smelled the scent of cultural, economic and political decline in Oz 7-years ago when I realised that 31-years of being an active party member had achieved zero influence. I was still in thsame place, but the party had moved Left. It does not matter which party as they are all good friends and have the same aims: to destroy Oz sovereignty.

      I sold (or closed) several businesses between 2012 and 2016 and moved overseas 2-years ago into an all-electric home with 5 x airconditioners. We run them at peak daily heat 11.- 2.00pm and at night. At night we light the place up like a fairground (and watch the 60-80 ships sail past less than 1km offshore, supplying the growing local manufacturing industries. Their economy expanded by 7% last year. Remind me of how Oz did …).

      I just received my March electricity bill. It was a shocking AUD$85. Oh,did I mention that the world’s 11th largest coal-fired power station is just 30km away and supplies 25M people and all industry. It is being extended and upgraded + they are building two more for USD$7.5Bn.

      The world appreciates and is smiling upon the economic and cultural suicide of Oz as it means we will be incapable of defending our sovereignty or our country, so there will be fewer casualties. We cannot even defend our late night convenience stores from immigrant African gangs.

      I wrote this during an few idle hours while aimlessly meandering around the Pacific Ocean doing absolutely nothing of value on a 105,000 tonne oil-fired cruise ship. Apparently we burned 80 litres of heavy, sulphur-rich oil every minute for 10 days = 11,520 tonnes. I did not find any passengers concerned in the slightest about their ‘carbon-footprint’, but I did find two couples living permanently on the ship. I thought of reminding them of the damage they are doing to the planet, but as I had just booked my next two cruises while on board (this time for the whole family) I thought that might have seemed hypocritical. Actually, we need more C02, so I am actually sacrificing my time and money to do my bit.

      Who is the clever country now, Oz or those who look after their people first – like Trump, Xi et al?

      • LBLoveday says:

        It’s the life-style that is the attraction for me – “All you have to do is shift a substantial share of your wealth off shore” as commented above does not address that.
        Things like:
        Being able to ride a bike without a helmet;
        Open walled bars with tables, chairs, books, TVs are left unattended overnight and no-one trashes them;
        I’m having a chat with a cop on point duty, a large gap occurs in the traffic and I walk against the “Don’t Walk” sign with his approval;
        The nearby home-front “corner store” is unattended while the owners are out back and no-one shop-lifts or steals from the till. Someone did steal $80 from another and the locals gave him a beating, unintentionally killing him; the police investigated and took no further action – “the crime (i.e. theft) has been solved” was the official line. What should be done? Put 10 breadwinners in jail and let their kids go hungry and uneducated?;
        Bars allow, or disallow, smoking at their discretion and take the consequences – customers exercise their right to choose where they eat/drink;
        If I fall down a hole in the footpath (which I did while perving on a local beauty), it’s my fault, not the Council’s;
        Slim kids laugh and play soccer bare-footed in the street rather than growing obese inside with pods/pads/PCs;
        I walk past the kids and they high-5 me and I’m not presumed a paedophile.
        Teachers and Police are respected and obeyed by kids;
        Make a mistake driving and you get a smile, not road rage;
        No immigrant African gangs!
        Etc, Etc.
        Of course there are downsides, “But then again too few to mention”.

      • LBLoveday says:

        … the world’s 11th largest coal-fired power station is just 30km away
        You previously denied living in East Java when I suggested the vicinity of Probolinggo, so looks like it’s India, Mundra or thereabouts. Less Muslims there than Probolinggo.

  5. LBLoveday says:

    Quote: “I fear more gesture voting is in store for me.”

    I’ve not demeaned myself by participating in the electoral process since 1980.

    Apart from the well-published rorts such as voting multiple times and, or, under another’s name – one can go to a polling booth at opening time, give one’s neighbour’s name and address and vote under his name, with or without his knowledge, before he arrives; one can go to each polling booth in one’s electorate, voting at each, up to 60, under one’s name, one’s neighbour’s, or someone else’s, provided one is prepared to answer “no” to the inane question “Have you voted elsewhere today?” – and enrolling under multiple names prior to the 16 April 2007 requirement to provide ID on enrollment, the events in the 1980 Norwood, SA, by-election made me determined to not take part in such a corrupt system no matter what the cost.

    The 1979 state election result (won by Frank Webster, Liberal) was overturned by a court decision, and a by-election held 16/2/1980. In the few months between the general election and the by-election, the Norwood electoral roll numbers increased by 10%. The vast majority were not newly turned 18yos, new residents, or people who had omitted to enroll by the previous cut-off date, they were election riggers – people from outside Norwood, typically Left-wing UofA students, who had voted in another electorate in the general election and who changed their enrolled, but not physical, address to vote again.

    There were up to 22 people enrolled at the one address, but the Electoral Commission did nothing. So my neighbour, Greg Crafter, ALP, romped in, and I was shortly after removed from the electoral roll, never to return.

    More recently, as reported in “The Advertiser”, a SA family claimed to have voted 159 times, including 31 times by a 17 year old, in a recent election. Even the AEC, which in the past has buried its head in the sand conceded it is possible, and if it’s possible, it is done, with only the extent being in question.

    And Australia has had the audacity to send observers to monitor other countries’ elections!

  6. Jacob Jonker says:

    And the moral of the story is? This sickening has been going on since the late Seventies early Eighties that I can see. Mind you, I only started taking notice during the Eighties, but other than in union meetings I have never voted, not in the fifty years that I might have. I could see the corruption of principle, purpose and probity even then, though I must confess, there was a time, during the Nineties, that I thought the EU was the answer. That was certainly a misser. The Left and other Greens are only selling out what principles they might have had, and yes, other than the innocents supporting these political operators, I thought of myself a greenie once, there are neither principals nor principles to be found on the Left, or the Centre, or amongst the Greens, or, indeed, amongst the rest of these shysters-The principals are well out of sight. They have been setting out and organising for the global dictatorship-to-come. Trump will be no help here, except for the rich who will be fine anyway.
    No use swimming against the tide. The traitors will get the wages they deserve, which they will share with the electorates who gave them the donkey votes all these long decades.