So. The Liberals are, according to The Australian, facing an “election rout” if they go with Abbott and Minchin and block the ETS legislation.
Liberal Party meeting room, 2011
Should this deter them? NOT ON YOUR LIFE, declares one of their most enthusiastic cheerleaders, Andrew Bolt, presenting his four arguments why they should press on regardless:
1. The Liberals were headed for defeat, anyway, even if they approved Rudd’s great green tax.
The adults in the Liberal Party might be a little less cavalier about the difference between “defeat” and “rout”. For one thing, their funding would be greatly reduced if their numbers were. For another, as soon as they’re no longer the second largest party in parliament, then they’re no longer the obvious opposition. They’ve been relying on Australians’ sense that “you have to vote for one of them” for years. If they were really defeated – defeated down to DLP levels – then they’d be lucky if they ever recovered.
2. Telling sceptics to back Rudd’s great green tax because it’s popular is like telling a socialist to become a free-marketer for the votes. Some people really are in politics to fight for their values, even if the battle looks hopeless. Are journalists really so hostile to principle in politics?
Opposition to action on climate change is why these MPs are in politics? Really?
Is Andrew suggesting that the Liberals should now have conscience votes on everything?
3. The polls may show lots of public support for “action” on “climate change”, but the numbers are fast falling, and fall even lower when the question is narrowed to support for a great green tax. How much further would they fall if the Opposition started to argue against both, instead of echoing Labor? The commentariat is underestimating the power of passionate, reasoned argument of a position backed by economics and the latest evidence of a cooling world.
No, you’re overestimating the gullibility of the general public as opposed to those who read your comment threads. It would be courageous for the Liberals to assume Bolt’s readers represent the general public.
4. The science underpinning Rudd’s great green tax is suddenly looking much shakier. Even Kevin Trenberth, a lead author of the IPCC report which underpins Rudd’s global warming schemes, concedes “where the heck is global warming?” and complains: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” A revisiting of the science is not just urgent, but imminent.
Do the Liberals really want to put their reputations on the line over a leaked email – fake, stolen or taken out of context – again?
Bolt thinks “time is the Liberals’ friend”. He thinks that their delaying the ETS vote and then tearing themselves up over it over the next few months is the party’s best hope in the long-term.
I’m just glad he’s advising their side of politics, not mine.