Thursday 8 December 2016
Never in the history of this nation have we elected a leader who takes his orders from lessor minions and a junior coalition partner.
On Wednesday I wrote this in respect of Josh Freydenberg’s decision to consider an emissions intensity trading scheme and how the Prime Minister should counter the nutters within the Coalition:
“As is predictable the right-wing members of his party are screaming and shouting over something that makes perfect sense to most people but a monumental crime of ideology to them. Those in the energy sector and the business community generally pleaded with both parties to stop the nonsense and come up with a bi-partisan plan to cut emissions over coming decades, including some sort of carbon price. Will Turnbull take the bull by the horns and confront the denialists. If he does he will get public support if he doesn’t it will just confirm his weakness. He has to do it sometime so why not now.”
It has to be said that if Tony Abbott was the worst Prime Minister we have ever had then Malcolm Turnbull has to be the most gutless. What kind of leader would allow some right-wing ultra-fanatics to ride rough shod over his every decision? Decisions that, when as opposition leader, he felt strongly about.
The same can be said of one of the Government’s better word twisters, Freydenberg. Twenty-four hours after unequivocally saying that the Government would consider an emissions intensity trading scheme for the electricity sector, to trying to have us believe the words never escaped his mouth. Frankly it’s called lying.
“The Turnbull government is not contemplating such a scheme, we’re not advocating for such a scheme.”
“What we are focused on is driving down electricity prices and … energy security.” Just words twisting spin known better as bullshit.
It seems that Abbott must have gathered the troops rather quickly. Given his statements the public is entitled to ask just who is running the country. One day political historians will write books on how much damage the Abbott’s of this world have done to this country..
“We’re against anything that’s a carbon tax or an ETS by stealth.”
“We’re against a carbon tax. We’re against an emissions trading scheme. We’re against anything that’s a carbon tax or an ETS by stealth.”
“We are the party of lower power prices and should let Labor be the party that artificially increases [electricity] prices under Greens pressure.”
If they are not going to treat Climate Change seriously then they should just come out and say so. There is no way we are going to meet the Paris Agreement figures we agreed too. Just be honest about it.
It is astonishing to me and no doubt many readers that so few ultra-right denialists without any background in science can have so much clout.
It is even more remarkable that our Prime Minister is hostage to such sordid individuals.
But how pathetically weak he is not to stand up to them? Is he in service to us or just self-service? The latter would seem to be the truth of it.
Whitlam often used the crash through or crash method and won every time. He confronted people and stood his ground. This PM is gutless.
We need a Prime Minister with the strength of character to confront those who cannot comprehend a future without coal. A person with the guts to see that our economy makes an orderly transition to the carbon-constrained world that we put our name too when we signed the Paris climate agreement.
As the year draws to a close we have a Government hopelessly divided on many issues. Hardly a day goes by without some controversy. In Turnbull it has a leader without authority. It is obvious that the real power is with the group led by Abbott who is hungry to get his old job back.
Katharine Murphy described it this way in the Guardian:
“This is, after all, the group of people who elevated something as inoffensive as a market-based mechanism to the status of mass moral panic and a national thought crime.”
And while all these silly super educated, but stupid men and women continue to play their super puerile politically inane games, we look on and wonder why we were so manifestly thoughtless in electing them in the first place.
My thought for the day
“Current experience would suggest that the Australian people need to take more care when electing its leaders”.