Consensus may forever elude Australian Liberal Party, by Jennifer Oriel.
Christopher Pyne unwittingly revealed the character of the Liberal left at the infamous Black Hand dinner. Pyne boasted to factional comrades: “Our fortunes are pretty good at the moment. And most of your senior cabinet ministers, George Brandis, Marise Payne, yours truly — quite a few of us are very senior ministers in a Turnbull Government … there was a time when people said it wouldn’t happen, but George and I kept the faith. We voted for Malcolm Turnbull in every ballot he’s ever been in.”
After apparently revealing that he “voted for Malcolm Turnbull” as a member of former PM Tony Abbott’s leadership team, Pyne disclosed the current strategy being prepared by the Left faction behind the scenes.
He said: “Friends, we are in the winner’s circle but we have to deliver a couple of things and one of those we’ve got to deliver before too long is marriage equality … we’re going to get it … sooner than everyone thinks.”
What do the Liberals really stand for?
The Liberal left should not be confused with genuine moderates — or genuine winners. On my reading, the central philosophy of Liberal moderates is classical liberalism made manifest by limited government and a comprehensive policy of fiscal restraint. By contrast, the Liberal left tends towards big government, big spending, a lack of will to drain the swamp and a culture of what former PM John Howard termed “minority fundamentalism”. They seem more social liberal than classical liberal. …
In the week ahead, MPs might remember some advice from Ronald Reagan: “A party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent fundamental beliefs, which must not be compromised to political expediency, or simply to swell its numbers.”
The Liberal Left are little different from a new-left globalist party. They are the team B of political correctness; the Labor Party is team A.