The election of a so-called Independent and LGBTIQ activist as the temporary Member for Wentworth is not so much the defeat of an exceptionally fine Liberal candidate in Dave Sharma as the last act of sabotage against the Liberal party by ousted PM, Malcolm Turnbull, whose name will go down in history as a by-word for treachery, disloyalty and malevolence.
There was no need for this by-election. If Turnbull had an ounce of loyalty in him he would, after announcing his intention to leave parliament, have gone to the backbenches to quietly and diligently attend to his duty of representing his electorate for the few remaining months of the government’s term. If he had any grain of decency, he would have used that period to mentor Sharma, his chosen successor, and to do his best to facilitate his easy transition to MP at the general election.
He did neither of these things but instead flew off in cowardly manner to his fat-cat Park Avenue apartment in New York, leaving his son and John Hewson as proxies to badmouth the party that had provided him with the means of achieving his ambitions and satisfying his ego.
So why did so many of the electors of Wentworth appear to believe that Turnbull had been badly treated by the Liberals? Most commentators agree that it was a major factor in the result. Yet the evidence shows that the very opposite is true. And that’s before we remind ourselves of his earlier record of dealings with Liberal party leaders, first Brendan Nelson and then sitting Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, where he literally got away with murder – twice.
The only explanation can be that they’ve been brainwashed by the media. The media will, of course, do their best to ridicule such a suggestion but it is self-evident that the public’s opinion on politics and politicians is moulded largely by what they’re told by the media, both social and anti-social, and there is no doubt that the media is heavily biased to the Left. Thus when all the op-eds say in general terms that the leadership spill deposing Turnbull was nothing more than the personal revenge of wicked right-wing extremists against poor St Malcolm-the-Martyr, many believe it and adopt such views as their own. Success in persuading an inexpert public to run along the rails prepared for them enables the media to then report that the electors are angry with the Coalition, so feeding the general anti-Liberal sentiment further.
Any view to the contrary was, of course, unlikely to be published. For example, I see no reason to doubt that the vast majority of those who voted for the spill did so honourably and conscientiously because they saw it as their duty as elected members to prevent a government that was already in trouble from becoming one being led towards disaster.
Here’s an analogy. You and your family are passengers on a cruise ship heading towards Sydney from the south in heavy seas on a stormy night. The officers and crew are increasingly concerned that the captain is steering the ship dangerously close to the cliffs. They then witness him ordering a further helm change to port that they see is likely to result in the ship smashing head on into the rocks near The Gap. What would you have them do? Relieve the captain of command and navigate the ship safely into harbour? Or do nothing and just brace for the crash because the captain had been appointed for the duration of the cruise?
In these terms the decision to oust Turnbull can be seen as perfectly just and reasonable and the idea that he was treated unfairly as nothing but the fiction of a left-wing motivated media. This might be the time to suggest to Scott Morrison that in all fairness publicly-funded broadcasters should be brought within the ambit of election funding regulations by being categorised as ‘third-party campaigners’.
The other issues that were prominent in Wentworth, such as climate change, asylum seekers, relations with Israel and Indonesia, and further restrictions on religious schools, all go to show how far removed the ‘socially-conscious renter’ electors of an inner-city elite conclave like Wentworth are from ordinary people in the rest of Australia.
Not for them the everyday concerns of jobs, prices, housing, education and health. On their average incomes they couldn’t care less if their electricity bills doubled every year, as long as they can have that warm fuzzy glow of virtue-signalling their commitment to 100 per cent renewable energy. They say to hell with the fact that this means replacing the massive 86 per cent of our electricity that currently comes from the cheapest, most reliable and abundant source, coal and natural gas. And to hell with all those Australians outside the latte-belt, the elderly, the infirm, the low-paid, who won’t be able to afford to turn on the switch for heating in winter or air-con in summer.
Of course they’re also in favour of IPCC Paris 2 that calls for an end to all coal production within 30 years. Who gives a damn that Australia stands to lose most, both in terms of jobs and earnings. It’s not such a big deal for the likes of France who already get more than 60 per cent of their electricity from nuclear, which we’ve banned ourselves from using. We’re the second-largest exporter of coal in the world (after Indonesia, but the latte-belt wouldn’t dream of criticising her). It brings in $54.5 billion p.a. which if we were to lose would have an absolutely devastating affect on jobs and incomes throughout regional and rural Australia. Not even Wentworth would survive unscathed and we could well see the spectacle of luvvies taking in each other’s poodles for washing and blow-drying.
Left-wing savants are already saying that Scott Morrison is not listening to the messages being sent to him by Wentworth. On the contrary, I think he’s listened very well and that he understands that on this occasion the electors were swayed by feelings of loyalty to their former member, that their views on other issues are not typical, and that there is nothing in the result that should deter him from continuing to champion the interests of ordinary Australians. If Dave Sharma is permitted to nurse the constituency through to the general election in some six month’s time, there is no reason why he should not be the next MP for Wentworth.