Ignoring the obvious 26/3/2012
How the hell will Labor improve its lot if it and its media barrackers are not prepared to acknowledge the obvious? Katherine Murphy refusing to open her eyes in The Age today:
The Queensland election was not, as Tony Abbott would have it, a referendum on the Gillard government’s carbon tax. It was a landslide against the absence of meaning in politics; an ”up yours” to the cheap tricks that modern politics too often substitutes for meaningful debate, and an ”up yours” to a mouldering government.
An exit poll shows the carbon tax was the third most important issue for Queensland voters behind cost of living pressures to which the carbon tax will contribute mightily.
Here’s one: an exit poll conducted by Sky News showed that 40 per cent of voters were concerned about the carbon tax, behind cost of living (69 per cent).
That spells doom for Labor federally, if current polling trends weren’t already clear enough.
If Labor continues to ignore widespread resentment brought about by its carbon tax lie it could well face a Queensland-style annihilation at the next Federal poll.
Oh, and how predictable was this? A Fairfax lefty lass blaming the Bligh mutiny on sexist voters.
IF THERE is a federal portent in Queensland Labor’s wipeout, perhaps it is this: unlike male leaders, who sometimes get a second chance (think John Howard and Peter Beattie), female leaders judged to have lied get punished the next time they face the polls.
Tony Abbott must be chortling about the out-of-touch shallowness of his media opponents at the ABC and Fairfax.