Hollow man of the Left

Hollow man of the Left, by Hal Colebatch.

According to Graham Richardson, [Malcolm] Turnbull had made great efforts to get on a Labor Senate ticket. The ‘philosophy’ of the Liberals apparently meant nothing to him. This was seen in both the manner of his gaining power, white-anting and finally back-stabbing the intelligent and capable Abbott (whose public-spiritedness was also shown by his community activities) and his manner of leaving it, betraying the government and bequeathing his successor an almost impossible task. It appeared that the only reason he had not joined Labor was that it would not have him. His self-interest was shown in positively indecent nakedness. …

Scott Morrison should have done a Gough Whitlam:

He should have adopted a Churchillian policy of ‘Action this day!’: pull out of the useless and profoundly harmful Paris talks, give an iron-clad commitment to shift the Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem, thus demonstrating solidarity with the only real democracy in the Middle East, walk away from the obsolete French submarines and unreliable and misnamed renewable energy sources, etc. All this could, and should, have been done in the first 48 hours. The electorate might have been stunned, but they would have known they had a fireball.

Even if he did not have the numbers in the Senate to abolish 18C, a few sufficiently forceful Prime Ministerial statements about it would have effectively robbed it of any moral force. There would be no more QUT prosecutions or Bill Leak persecutions if those responsible knew the Prime Minister would back the victims up. …

Churchill in 1940 appointed himself Minister for Defence as well as PM; Morrison could have appointed himself Minister for the ABC and let it be known that it would obey its charter or heads would roll. Australians would then have known that they had a government that again meant business and a man who matched the hour. …

Instead we got lettuce man, led on by the PC media:

As it is, the iconic moment for the Morrison regime to date has been the utterly wretched moment when the leader forced the senators to reverse their support of Pauline Hanson’s resolution against anti-white race prejudice.

Did he, or they, think for one moment that this demonstration of spinelessness and lack of principle would gain them a single vote? More than one person told me of this volte-face, ‘It made me ashamed to have been a Liberal.’

The odds of six years of Shorten Government starting in mid-2019 are shortening.