February 2, 2013

Who will we trust?

The simple framing of our year long election campaign by Tony Abbott:  the election is about trust. 

Julia Gillard will claim she's moving forward, or building an education revolution, or getting the job done, or keeping focused on the job rather than engaging in argy-bargy.  Dismissive, condescending, euphemistic, and generally avoiding her accountability.
“This election is about trust,” Mr Abbott said.

“The choice before the Australian people could not be clearer. It’s more tax or less. It’s more regulation or less. It’s less competence or more. It’s less freedom of more.”
Who will the voters trust?

Not Julia Gillard's government. 

In most regards, the election campaign is already dead, a long path ahead of going through the motions, with a weary public barely raising a brow with each new Gillard Government catastrophe, with each new woeful decision from the Prime Minister.

Only three days down and the announcement that was intended to convince us all that Gillard, - and only Gillard - is primeministerial, in control, the captain of the ship, is looking thread bare, shoddy, a cheap trick.

Gillard has always been fighting for herself, not the party, not the country.  This is reflected in everything she does.  Her supporters in the party - now starting to jump ship, rather than go down with it - have evidently believed that whatever is good for Julia will be good for them, her self-interest would keep them all safe.  This, obviously, is rubbish, an abrogation of responsibility by every sitting member of the ALP.

When Gillard, having stupidly rushed into an election after knifing Rudd, negotiated with the Greens and the independents to form a minority government, the alarm bells and red lights should have been overwhelming when those agreements were tied to Gillard, to her remaining Prime Minister for three long years, and all the other promises made in writing to protect her position and the jobs of the Greens and the independents.  But her colleagues didn't blink.  Not a scratched head or feeling of great discomfort anywhere.  Gillard, back then, negotiated only to protect herself and her party didn't raise a ruckus or pull her into line.  She continues to act alone, without the normal courtesies of engaging her cabinet or the backbench, warm in the continued delusion that her judgement is politically impeccable, morally defensible.

When, too late, a shrill admission comes from inside your own party, some other leader might listen.  Gillard won't.  She never has.  This Prime Minister listens only to her own small thoughts - and they are small;  Gillard is not a woman of big pictures or ambitious visions - unwaveringly confident in herself.  She is dead wrong.  Gillard is just as deluded and lacking in purpose as Kevin Rudd ever was.
ALP vice-president Tony Sheldon has launched a ferocious attack on the political and moral crisis inside Labor and the toxicity of its most powerful faction, saying only a ground-up change of culture can restore its fortunes. 
 
Speaking just days after Julia Gillard set September 14 as the election date and as Labor battles twin scandals in NSW, Mr Sheldon said the party faced a "catastrophic situation", with its brand damaged by a failure to focus on what matters to members and supporters.

"Our crisis is more than just a crisis of trust brought on by the corrupt behaviour of property scammers and lobbyists," Mr Sheldon told a factional dinner for the Right at the Young Labor annual conference last night.
"It's a crisis of belief brought on by a lack of moral and political purpose."
All Tony Abbott needs to do during the next eight months is manage to keep his tie straight, be seen once in a while with one or other of his gorgeously photogenic daughters, and ... well, that's pretty much it ... turn up and vote for himself on September 14, collect the keys to The Lodge the next day.

ALP facing moral crisis

Leaders battle it out in a race to win trust  

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