The Liberal left master class

The Liberal left master class, by Ben Garran.

It’s the night that everyone loves (or loves to hate), the Young Liberal Ball. … In expensive dinner suits and glittering gowns, the Young Liberals lapped up the opulence …

There was never a youth movement that tucked its knees under more lobbyists’ tables, than the self-described Young Liberal left or moderates. Boy, did it show in their speeches, filled with acknowledgments of Michael Photios, a power broker in the NSW Libs.

In return for this gratuitous deference, Photios delivered a congratulatory speech. He confidently declared to the Young Liberals, without a hint of irony, that they “all belong to a political class that will be the master class.” …

One would think in today’s political climate, anyone who self-identifies as the establishment, elite, “master class” or any variation thereof must be itching for a political thrashing. …

The clearest insight came from the keynote speech delivered by Matt Kean MP. According to the newly minted co-chair of the left faction, the ‘forgotten people’ are the youthful yuppies who can’t afford an inner city pad and corporate women who don’t yet make up 50 per cent of board members. Please. …

There is so much more we’ve got to look forward to from the Young Liberal Left. They persevere with ludicrous policies on renewable energy. They meekly defer to identity politics and the quota-based (not merit-based) promotion of minorities and women. They eagerly abandon the cause of freedom of speech. They fail to hide their fetish for open borders. They jealously demand that the Liberals co-opt the latest and greatest cause for social upheaval, gay marriage, from the Labor/Greens alliance. During the auction of a copy of the doomed Bill to reform the AHRC and 18c, most of the room erupted with laughter at Photios’ suggestion most of them would only bid so they could “send it up in smoke”.

This is a major left turn from the founding Liberals, or Howard’s Liberals:

No one would dispute that John Howard would have felt uncomfortable being in that room as the Young Liberal left collectively forgot the Howard battler, distracted by bubbly, acrobatics and Photios’ zingers.

The “master class” look forward to effortlessly inheriting Howard’s Liberal Party. But if they don’t aim to help the Howard battlers, how long will they survive? …

Blowing hard at the Young Liberal Ball, sucking hard at winning the war against socialism, the Young Liberal left are hardly leaders for tomorrow. They’re middle-management types who crave the attention the private sector can’t offer. Like the new member for the North Shore, they’re mediocre marketing hacks who would prefer to be marketed.

Some of the more recent capitulators to the left of the party busy themselves trying to reconcile two philosophical streams, liberalism and conservatism. They vainly attempt to justify their acquiescence to the left and abandonment of conservative principles. As if the left of the party even stands for classical liberalism? In reality, those conducting logical acrobatics to justify defection are just empowering a movement that believes in nothing.  … At best these sycophants adhere to some form of managerialism.