Some of you might recall that I despise the Waffling Wanker of Wentworth. In less salubrious terms, he is referred to as “Malcolm Turnbull”. WWW, as I shall refer to him henceforth to save time and space, has the unfortunate distinction of making Cameron look like a succès fou in comparison. By synthesising the misplaced metropolitanism of Britain’s much unlamented former prime minister, the integrity of the unutterable T**y B***r and the pseudo-cosmopolitanism of the vile N**k C***g the WWW has seemingly brought his party to the brink of collapse.
Australian politicians have done little to command public faith in recent years. The Australian Labour Party (I cannot bring myself to misspell the name of the party, whatever convention it might prefer… Bloody King O’Malley, bless his soul…) haven’t recovered from its Kev and Juliar Show-era toxic meltdown. Bill Shorten, despite the WWW’s best efforts to make the Drover’s Dog look eminently qualified to divide his time between the Lodge and Kirribilli House, still trails that pestilent slime-filled urn as preferred prime minister – albeit by a reduced margin to what can with some charity be called tepid support.
What is different about Australia’s two main parties, however – and in the mid-to-long term provides a profound challenge, is the minimal level of support a party can rely upon. The ALP, even in their much-reduced state, can rely on the support of labour unions. This alone is not enough to return a working majority at parliament, but it is political life support. The Liberal Party do not have this luxury. Menzies, of the Sir Robert persuasion, created the Liberal Party to be the voice of the “Forgotten People” – middle class battlers. His vision was of a party that drew from the best of conservative and classically liberal traditions. It was an anti-radical party, a party that whatever the failure of politicians and their policies, ought to have stood against tyranny.
By embracing the narrative of a tyrannical left, the WWW has undermined his party. Perhaps most dangerously, the WWW has seemingly refused to take real action in respect to the rampant abuse of section 18C of the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act. If someone holds a view that might be interpreted by someone as being somehow hurtful, a formal complaint can be lodged with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Naturally, this proves to be terribly convenient when those overly keen on identity politics wish to silence opposition. As conservative and right-of-centre Australian voters abandon the WWW’s floundering Liberal Party in favour of Cory Bernardi’s Conservative Party or the fragrant Pauline Hanson’s One Australia Party, the Liberals will have to decide if they want to survive – or if they wish to go the way of the Nationalist and United Australia Parties. (The National Party is not to be entirely ignored, but as the junior partner in the “Coalition”, it carries less weight – although how long it can conceivably tolerate the WWW’s destruction of its interests remains to be seen)