I’m not sure what to call Malcolm Turnbull’s latest spray at the Labor Party – projection, cognitive dissonance, gaslighting?
Malcolm Turnbull said Labor was in disarray, focusing on its internal problems rather than sensible economic reforms.
“They’ve not only got backroom buffoonery, they’ve got front-of-stage economic idiocy from their leader,” the Prime Minister said.
This from the man who knifed a sitting Prime Minister and who has been fighting a rear-guard action ever since.
This from the man who has allowed a fractured junior Coalition partner to take over, dictating policy and terms.
This from the man who hid the report saying Labor’s policy on negative gearing and capital gains tax would not cause great disruption to the property market but would slow the increase in housing prices and free up investment for more productive enterprises.
This from the man who set the Chief Scientist the task of solving our energy problems and then, not only ignored his recommendation for a Clean Energy Target, but exiled science from the Ministry.
This from the man whose Treasurer sees no point in economic modelling.
This from the man who has saddled us with a broadband that third world countries laugh at.
This from the man who, only a few years ago, decried the deteriorating political discourse and spoke of the urgent need for honesty.
An opinionated columnist costs less than a team of news reporters. It is so much easier to put one slanted opinion up against another than to investigate and objectively report on the facts of the matter.
Increasingly too the journalists who cover politics are drawn into the game – often praising politicians for their skilful use of spin, their cunning ability to avoid a difficult question or their brutal ability to misrepresent and destroy their opponent‟s arguments. Commenting on the play takes a lot less time than painstakingly pointing out where the spin has misrepresented an issue.
Malcolm Turnbull came to power saying Australians needed a “style of leadership that respects the people’s intelligence.”
It is obvious we are not going to get it from him.
Note: The title refers to Matthew 7:3-5