BREAKING THE FAUSTIAN BARGAIN
If Julia and the Greens have really fallen out, and their bust-up is not just a piece of pre-electoral window-dressing, then I believe voters should start thinking of supporting her again.
The very worst aspects of Julia Gillard's government have been those forced on her by the Greens party. To take one example: Julia has been castigated as a liar for saying she would never introduce a carbon tax. I think it probable that she meant what she said, but was suborned by the Greens - and of course her own ambition to stay in power, but what politician is not obsessively ambitious for power? - into breaking her word.
If Julia had had the chance to govern in her own right - something she ought to have been courageous enough to call an election about ages ago - I suspect she would have made a much better job of it.
The Greens are the heirs of every interfering busybody, Roundhead, Fascist, wowser and envy-soaked crank who has ever tried to push other people around. They have been nothing but a millstone around Julia's neck. She was as foolish as Faust to make a bargain with them. She shortsightedly calculated that their support would keep her in office but she didn't calculate that an alliance with the Greens would cost her the support of large numbers of traditional Labor voters who regard the Greens as dangerous nutcases. The independents she lured to her side are bad enough, and come September will no doubt be given the bum's rush by their electorates, but the Greens are toxic. Without them Julia Gillard might have some hope of winning Labor's lost legions back, though her government's image is now so bad that it is probably too late to do that in time to win the next election - assuming that she's still around to fight it and hasn't been defenestrated by the smarmy Rudd, the getting rid of whom was one of the better acts of her earlier career.
The sheer awfulness of the present government has, according to all the opinion polls (for whatever that's worth), given the Coalition parties a huge pre-electoral advantage over Labor. Tony Abbott seems a potentially good leader. But in a sense it's not him you're voting for. If the choice is a Labor Party that has come to its senses and the party of big business, the banks and the likes of Michael Kroger, I know where my vote would go.
27 February 2013
Posted by ACJ Akehurst