Slippery Rudd Wins Again

November 27, 2009 — 7 Comments

With all the bruhaha over the Liberal Party meltdown, far too little attention is being given to what was a masterful stroke on the way to the thousand year censored Rudd Reich.

Rudd caused the issues in the Liberal Party, although at the same time, Turnbull was stupid enough to take the bait. By constantly hammering away at the Liberal Party, Rudd forced Turnbull to negotiate on the ETS, knowing full well what would eventually happen.

I may not like Rudd, but by god he’s a clever politician, and credit where due.

Turnbull should resign, not simply because he tried to railroad ETS support through the Liberal Party room, but because he even decided to negotiate to begin with.

Everyone knew there was divisions, and the stated policy previously was that the Libs would wait until after Copenhagen. But Turnbull couldn’t stand even the most basic pressure in the media from Rudd to force his hand, and caved quickly.

Despite his previous role as the head of the ARM, I don’t actually dislike Turnbull as a potential PM. He is most definitely smart, and well qualified to handle the finances of the country. But as a politician he has failed once again, and nothing will save him now.

The question though is can the Libs save anything coming into the next election?

I remember when Hockey was the NSW Young Liberal President (long term readers will know that I’m a former Liberal.) He would sell his sole for power then, and I have no doubt that he will now.

Tony Abbott…well, the positive is that he’s a man of his convictions, and although I don’t support all his convictions, I’d rather a leader or PM who stands by what he believes in vs sell them out at the drop of a hat.

But likewise Abbott suffers the same affliction that some in the NSW Right suffer: a contradiction between their economic and social policy. They believe in the market and small Government (well in theory, the only difference between Howard and Rudd on socialism is who gets the money, as opposed to not spending a lot of it at all), but likewise they seek to impose a Christian right view point on morals.

Of course the Liberal left is the rank opposite: they believe and support the nanny state, but likewise have a more libertarian view on social policy.

My problem has always been that I fit neither, and it was one of the reasons I was happy to quit the Liberal Party many years ago. I support the right on economics, but I support the left on social policy.

I shouldn’t have to make that choice, because both wings of the Liberal Party contradict each other. If you are for free markets, you should be for liberal social policy (because the idea of small Government should extend all policies.) If you believe in socialism, then perhaps you should believe in interfering in social policy.

There have been some smaller parties challenging the norm. The LDP, who I’ll always happily vote for, unfortunately seem destined to never gain a seat in Australia. The Pirate Party (of which I’m a provisional member) is a two issue party, but both issues fit nicely with my libertarian view of the world. Even the Sex Party is getting there…well, aside from their ridiculous policy that 50% of all seats in parliament should be for women. Don’t get me wrong, if 90% of parliament were women, I’d have no problem, but imposing quotas based on sex vs merit = epic fail and is indeed sexism in itself.

I’m nearly at the point that I might not take my next vote seriously. I’d say I’d dummy vote except that saying that is illegal in Australia (another travesty in itself.) All I see is gray when what we need is something better.

7 responses to Slippery Rudd Wins Again

  1. I totally disagree with you about whether having quotas for gender (or race etc) would be sexist in itself. A quota is a less than ideal solution, but it is not sexist if it is worded in a way that does not privilege one gender over the other (eg. “30% minimum of EACH gender”). A quota of 30% or 40% minimum each gender would improve female representation in Parliament, although other solutions are probably preferable to imposing a quota (eg. programmes/policies encouraging girls to consider a career in politics).

    There is a huge difference in gender representation in Parliament, globally, even between Western countries that have no quota.

    I live in New Zealand where we have a 34% female Parliament (no quotas). We have also had 2 female Prime Ministers so far. In the USA I think female representation is just 25%, and in the UK it is even worse at 20% – Parliament still has a 'boys club' feel to it. In the Nordic countries female representation in Parliament hovers near or at 40% (however some of those countries have a gender quota). Rwanda is the only country in the world that has a majority female Parliament (around 52% I think).

    Ideally, quotas would not be necessary. But there are definitely country differences in how much girls are encouraged towards politics (as a career). The UK and the USA are very similar countries to New Zealand, yet New Zealand's gender representation in Parliament is vastly better – it has managed to have two female presidents and a current 34% female Parliament (without the use of quotas).

    If quotas are not going to be used, there should be programmes and policies encouraging girls and women into politics in the USA and in the UK. Perhaps that would make the female representation in Parliament less dismal. Parliament is the primary lawmaker in a nation, therefore it is very important that you have a diverse and representative Parliament. In New Zealand the only quota we have is for Maori seats in Parliament – this is good because it means that we end up with about 10% of our seats going to our indigenous group (this is equivalent to the proportion of Maori people in our population).

  2. I did not know this Rudd Guy …. but happy to have come across your blog.

  3. Everything we do in life is under risk. And to get the best and the rewarding one we have to be ready to bear the risk.

  4. I did not know this Rudd Guy …. but happy to have come across your blog.

  5. Everything we do in life is under risk. And to get the best and the rewarding one we have to be ready to bear the risk.

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