“Progressive” ideas didn’t win Victoria, conservative ideas went missing

“Progressive” ideas didn’t win Victoria, conservative ideas went missing, by Lyle Shelton.

Does anyone seriously think the majority of people want their children taught that gender is a social construct? That their little girls could be boys trapped in the wrong body requiring puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and ultimately their breasts surgically removed?

Monty Python’s Life of Brian was right. It’s not even the Romans’ fault that a man can’t be a woman with a womb and have babies.

But that is precisely what Daniel Andrews’ farcical “progressive” Victoria teaches children at “Safe Schools”.

I think it is too early to claim that “progressive” politics has triumphed and that conservatism should be consigned to the scrap heap. People don’t yet know the meaning of or the consequences of “progressive” politics. …

The media package and conservative lack of cultural confidence:

As Andrews implemented his “progressive” vision, the Liberals were barely on the playing field.

What was their vision for Victoria? What do they stand for? No one knew.

Sure, they opposed “Safe Schools” and the rest but like Liberals everywhere, they failed to sustain a debate in the public square.

Most people simply didn’t hear the counter-arguments put.

The Left get up every day and go out and fight. Liberals are lazy, particularly when it comes to the awkward culture issues.

They also face the pressure of their “moderate” wing, which largely supports Left “progressive” social policy, telling conservatives to “tone it down”.

It’s also hard because the media are not neutral and no one wants to have to put their stack hat on.

By contrast, Daniel Andrews has steel in his spine and sticks to his guns, even over unpopular programs like “Safe Schools”.

When Liberal Leader Matthew Guy was given multiple free hits at “Safe Schools” during the Sky News peoples’ forum, he squibbed it.

He talked a big game on “Safe Schools” at the Australian Christian Lobby’s election forum but went missing in action on Sky.

He didn’t have the conviction.

Unlike Donald Trump, who appears to have plenty of cultural confidence.

Conservatives: display confidence in your message, and the voters will come. Cultural confidence is sorely lacking on the right side of politics at the moment, perhaps in part because of the furious media headwind against the right. Appear as if you aren’t sure or maybe would prefer to cosy up to the PC left — and many voters will go left.’

hat-tip Stephen Neil