This election loss might be just what the Australian Liberal Party needs. By Rowan Dean.
Scott Morrison and the Coalition did not lose government last night. They lost it on November 1 last year, when Scott Morrison stood in front of an adoring crowd of climate cultists in Glasgow and committed Australia to the ridiculous pledge of ‘Net Zero by 2050’.
Attacking and resisting Climate Change alarmism had been the secret winning weapon of the Liberal and National parties at every election since and including the landslide win in 2013.
The most pathetic scenes in this election campaign were watching Liberals and Nationals stand impotently by as they were attacked on Climate Change.
Rather than going on the attack by pointing out the energy crisis in Europe and the spiralling inflation in the US are all the result of climate alarmism, thanks to Scott Morrison and the bedwetters within the Liberal party, they played along with the pretence that we can close down our coal mines and still maintain our prosperity.
The winners from the globalist agenda of rule by unelected bureaucrats, and of ever bigger government and more well-paid bureaucratic jobs insulated from economic competition, are the alliance of bureaucrats, the media, academics, professionals on government-funded projects, and their allies. They tend to live in the inner cities. They have taken over the main left party in every western country, including the Labor Party here in Australia. They are the noisy, PC minority.
The losers are everyone else, especially those whose wages are kept in check by market discipline. This is the productive class who actually gets most real stuff done. They oppose the globalist class of Davos. They are the majority.
It is the destiny of the Liberal Party to be the party of the losers of globalization. Embrace it. Drop the teal electorates. They are realigning to the party of big government and the wealthy. Pursue them and you alienate most of the electorate. The teal electorates are your past. Thank them and move on — don’t make an ass of yourself chasing a lost love.
Morrison’s strategy of positioning his government just to the right of the Labor Party failed. Why vote for the pale imitation? Morrison’s Liberal Party bored and turned off most of the country. Pauline Hanson and Clive Palmer have to be two of the least talented political operators around, yet they still managed to get 10% of the vote just by not being the Liberal Party.
A final note on the Western Australian factor, for those who don’t live here. WA voted heavily against the Morrison government. Morrison called us “cave dwellers” because we didn’t want his infection and the attendant masks and lockdowns, and insisted on closing our borders to people from Sydney when it was convulsed with delta. Imagine! What impertinence! The Labor Party here just repeated that comment over and over in ads. Some outsiders don’t acknowledge that WA locked down least, had the least covid, and was least affected by covid than any jurisdiction in the western world. Closing the borders to the infected states, and to an infected world, worked and bought us time.
Those outsiders also do not respect our democracy. How much clearer could WA voters make it ? We voted big time for a state leader who closed borders and kept us out of the covid mess. And yesterday many voted to indicate that we don’t appreciate arrogant Sydney-siders telling us to open our borders so they can visit and make us sick and force us into lockdowns and masks.