I have never really liked the whole left-right political construct. A framework of who sat to the left or the right of the King of France during the French revolution seems meaningless in our current political climate. An issue at the time was whether the King should or should not have an absolute veto over the will of the people (through their parliament). How this translates to modern politics, I don’t know.
Its application nowadays is nothing more than a big stick to whack the ‘other’. To suggest that Labor/Green are left and the Nationals/Liberals are right is laughable and meaningless. The policy framework within the current Liberals/Nations almost perfectly intersects with the policy framework within the Greens/Teals/Labor.
If we must have a linear construct, a more relevant and contemporary construct should be between:
- Those who believe government exists to solve everyone’s problems (real or perceived or misdiagnosed).
- Those who believe that government exists to create the conditions for people to solve their own problems.
I’ll call the former grouping the Big Government Industrial Complex (BGIC) and it perfectly represents the major Australian political parties. They don’t disagree on the need for government to intervene in every nook and cranny of Australian life. They only disagree on how.
I’ll call the later grouping the Leave Me Alone Coalition (LMAC). These are the people, myself included, who want to just be left alone. I don’t want much. I just want less government, fewer taxes, less regulation, and less interference in my life. My political slogan is, ‘Leave me the hell alone and get out of my life and wallet!’
Creating the conditions for prosperity is not about eliminating government. It is about right-sizing government and getting them out of our lives. It means functioning courts and national security, but it does not mean a national curriculum, national broadcasters, or national broadband networks. Or national anything (other than security) for that matter. …
In Australia, until recently there was a leave-me-alone party:
There used to be a political party that represented the Leave Me Alone Coalition. It was the Liberal Party. It represented the Menzian forgotten people, the Leave Me Alone Coalition of the day. Leave us alone to fix our problems.
This party was killed by John Howard at the turn of the millennium in his quest for political immortality. The party of Abbott, Turnbull, and Morrison represented the Big Government Industrial Complex…
Unless there is a party that represents the Leave Me Alone Coalition and unless there is genuine debate between these two cohorts (BGIC and LMAC), then this country is on the road to Argentina.
And if Peter Dutton is the answer, yet again the Liberals are asking the wrong questions. Just waiting also for the calls to recruit Peta Credlin.