Even during an election campaign, you can rely on the IPA to top the field in bullshit.
Mr Roskam’s note in the AFR says the Liberal Party is no longer a broad church. It used to consist of those following ‘classical liberalism and conservatism.’ He does not say what he understands by those terms – or what the difference might be.
If the two were opposed in principle, there would be tension in the party – which there surely is. But a party that stands for everything stands for nothing. That about sums up the Liberal Party Labor Party now. Just look at their platforms. There is not one iota of difference.
That is deliberate. Both parties know that Australians fear novelty and change. If you say something sensible, you might frighten the horses. That happened at the last election. One party got sensible about tax. The other side frightened the natives – and won the election. No one will propose something reasonable if it is a novelty. The result is a tragedy for the generation that cannot afford to buy a home.
And we that are old are responsible.
Mr Roskam wonders if the Liberal Party has a philosophy. They don’t. We don’t go for philosophy here. He asks why we have not got smaller government. Because Australians want all the government they can get. We have been addicted to it since birth. We are genetically different to the U S. The IPA bullshit sells there – but not here.
Mr Roskam says the Liberals’commitment on one issue is ‘political, not principled’. Are the two exclusive? Is there no such thing as a ‘principled politician’?
I knew a party that put principle above geeting elected. It was the ALP. Out of office for a generation. Which is what the IPA would do to the Liberal Party if they had their way.
Mr Roskam looks askance at government that is merely ‘pragmatic’. That phrase got pinned on the PM by Paul Kelly as a compliment. It means being practical – trying to get something that works. What is the alternative? A philosophy?
Finally Mr Roskam says that ‘very few Liberal MPs (and even fewer Liberal branch members) believe ‘net zero’ is good policy.’
And some people wonde why politicians in general, and the IPA in particular, are on the nose.
IPA – Liberal Party – ALP – climate change