Can shock treatment save the Australian Liberal Party?

Can shock treatment save the Australian Liberal Party? By Tarric Brooker.

As 2019 gets underway, the Coalition finds itself in arguably its worst political position in recent memory. All the opinion polls point to a crushing Labor victory in the next election and internally the Liberal Party’s ongoing ideological battles over its future directions show no sign of abating. …

In recent years it has become abundantly clear that the “broad church” approach to conservative politics of John Howard has come to an end. …

Any sort of civil discussion about the alignment of the party and its ideological future regularly erupts into heated battles and quickly descends into what can only be described as a “blame game”. This frequent infighting fuelled by bitter personal and political rivalries going back years, only serves to further fragment an already profoundly divided party.

The article goes on to urge the Liberals to go through a “reformation” to “meaningfully reconnect with the wider electorate” because  conservative politics no longer resonates with the wider electorate simply because it is “outdated”. No other reasons or principles are offered — just be popular by doing what the media wants. That’s progress for you!

So, should the Liberal Party go with the progressive flow and outsource policy to the politically-correct ABC and its media mates, or should it oppose them?

No one seems to be analyzing what will happen to the Liberal Party after its likely defeat at the upcoming election. Whether it turns decisively in the PC or anti-PC direction will be determined effectively by chance — will the Parliamentary party happen to have more elected dries, or wets? I haven’t seen analysis yet of which Liberal parliamentarians are likely to be (re-) elected after a given swing, and whether they are in the Dutton or the Turnbull camps (to use the slightly outdated terminology of the last vote).