Memo to the federal Liberal party: please sort it out

Even though it is amusing to see the problems that the tussle between Costello and Turnbull is causing to the Liberal party and their ratings, I cannot help but think that we need a decent opposition who will be debating the issues that matter instead of each other.

I really do not care about mandates, I just want the proposed IR legislation to be balanced. And if that means that the coalition votes against it or proposed amendments then so be it. Both sides of the house have that obligation to the Australian people. And if the people do not like it, then they will voice their opinion at the ballot box.

And so – will Costello please make up his mind. Does he want to be in or out? It’s not the Hokey Pokey.

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  1. I’m getting some mighty good satisfaction out of the Hokey Pokey as it drags on & on like it’s being pulled down the road in chains.
    It’s morbidly fascinating & I’m not ready for the show to be over yet.

    I used to think that the ‘tards were precise & ruthless, like an administrative machine; a slippery, opportunistic, greedy, dehumanising, coldly efficient administrative machine.

    That they’ve transmogrified into the scuttling, confused & wounded insect that they are now so quickly is, for me, unexpected but a welcome amusement.

    While they’re distracted my beloved CFMEU is getting ready for official authorisation to get militant again & return to the old ways, eating infants.

    After seeing Pious Peter’s Australia Day address to the jingo-fundies I look forward to him developing the spine required to take the plunge & grab the trophy.
    Problem is the insect still has the stench of Rodent about it, inspiring it to decompose from the inside out …in public.

    2 years ago this would have been unthinkable, now it’s a daily fascination.
    Happily the bottom of the plummet hasn’t occurred yet so there’s much laffing to come.

  2. Surely you mean that the CFMEU will return to “eating raw infants”. They are not civilised enough to eat cooked ones. 😉

    And I do agree that it is very entertaining, but still…

  3. Let the awful pricks fight on and even escalate it. That way they stay in opposition for a generation and we are all better for it.

  4. The situation reveals the way in which the Libs no longer have any principles. Their sole concern is with playing games for tactical electoral advantage and they are dithering because they still haven’t got a decent handle on the political implications of IR.

    I wish they would simply tell us what their principles are and vote accordingly – and let the democratic processes take their course. However they are unlikely to do it because they no longer have any principles to speak of.

    BTW to pre-empt an obvious line of responses – yes the ALP is every bit as guilty of the same thing.

    The leadership thing is however all the Libs’ own work and I’m enjoying every bit of the farce. I really hope the blushing virgin is eventually led simpering to the leadership bed; Costello would ensure they stay in opposition for the rest of my life, which would certainly make me happy.

  5. “That way they stay in opposition for a generation and we are all better for it.”

    Peacock VS Howard eh? Does that mean we get Costello 12 years from now? I think he’ll have created the “Raving Loony Party of Australia” by then, going by the looks he makes on the benches sometimes.

    Waiting can be excruciating…he must have the patience of a UK Tory MP…like Michael Heseltine for instance.

    Not sure that’s going to work for him…
    🙂

    I agree w/ joni…get on with it already!
    N’

  6. No N’ – Heseltine had panache.

    And I mentioned last year that we could be looking at a Peacock/Howard war for some time to come. But who will be Turnbull’s Shirley McClean?

  7. Just caught a snippet of Turnbull on Sky this morning..me thinks that he looks a bit panic stricken.

    At least, Turnbull has finally (!) worked out that Costello has to be tackled as Costello’s constant sniping is making the entire Opposition look weak.

  8. Joni re But who will be Turnbull’s Shirley McClean.

    The mind boggles..maybe JWH will lend him Janette for a while, just to give him a few pointers on how to be a leader.

    ps. Why does Turnbull insistence that it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs sound a little shallow.

  9. Toiletboss’s comments fairly well sum up my sentiments. I too want them to slide down the ladder to oblivian and remain as cellar dwellers for as long it is humanly possible.

    There’s only one other group that I wish that upon, and Toiletboss knows who.

  10. “Joni re But who will be Turnbull’s Shirley McClean.”

    My money’s on Phyllis Diller.

  11. I always assumed that Crazy Eyes was channeling a personality from some remote region in history to explain the extreme bio-energy put into maintaining control over the host body and maintaining extreme ‘presence’ whilst projecting from a point somewhere and somewhen a very long ‘tunnel’ away.

  12. Turdball is in a no win situation, If he doesn’t take Custard Costello on, he will be continually undermined, and so too will his party. If he does, the rusted on non labour voters will judge him harshly, and I suspect so too will the Howard Huggers left in the party, which I believe are the majority of it.

    I agree, we do need an opposition with some credibility to keep the Government honest. They do have the numbers in the Senate, but are looking like Geese each time they want to flaten a bill that Rudd introduces. At the rate they are going, they will not have the numbers in the Senate after the next half senate election, and the Neo Liberal Feilding will not hang onto his seat either. The best thing Feilding could do is come out of the closet and call himself a Liberal, although that would hurt his reelection chances.

    I am comfortable with no one political party having the absolute numbers in the Senate, we saw what absolute power can do, look at “Serfchoices”. But it would help if the independant senators had half a brain. One is a single focus Senator, the other an out and out Liberal.

    Turdball needs to make some hard decisions, the sooner the better. Sack the cream puff Costello, or give him the wand he has been reaching for all these years. Until then, a little advice, pick your battleground, and don’t fight for the sake of fighting. It would help if you got the party united behind a policy “BEFORE” you started throwing hand granades.

  13. “My money’s on Phyllis Diller.”

    Miglo…i’m rolling on the floor.
    N’

  14. Legion…

    Joan of Arc maybe?

    It is strange though, the Liberal party is littered with women who were once “rising stars” and are now mere nobodies..

    Remember when Bronwyn Bishop had the beehive hairdo and was considered leadership material?

  15. “me thinks that he looks a bit panic stricken.”

    Min….I thought same on 7:30 Report last night. Almost felt sorry for him. I’m getting too soft.

    Must say, Julia Gillard is a fiery one…thinking she might make a good PM oneday. Tho plenty of men here don’t seem to like women in charge unfortunately. Will that change? She’s a capable INDIVIDUAL for goodness sakes.
    N’

  16. Legion,

    “I always assumed that Crazy Eyes was channeling a personality from some remote region in history to explain the extreme bio-energy …”

    I always assumed she was channeling Border Collie, from a previous reincarnation.

    Just waiting for the ball to be thrown her way…

  17. With apologies for being off topic..

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/wrath-over-rudd-aid-for-abortion-20090310-8u6e.html

    “PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd has set the Christian lobby, a key Labor powerbroker and a crucial balance-of-power Senator against him over Australia’s move to scrap a 13-year-old ban on foreign aid being used to fund safer abortions for women in poor nations.”

    “The ban was imposed by the former Howard Government in 1996 to appease former Tasmanian independent senator Brian Harradine, who held a pivotal Senate vote.”

  18. Spare a thought for Talcum.

    If he agrees with Rudd, then he and the Liberal party become redundant.

    If he disagrees with Rudd, he becomes a figure who leads a party that doesn’t want the economy to recover.

    Kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place.

    (which is quite a good song by the Rolling Stones)

  19. N’ re Almost felt sorry for him. I’m getting too soft…

    Yes..poor bloke, as reb says ‘stuck between a rock and a hard place’.

    As Maxwell Smart would say: And loving every minute of it 🙂

  20. If Turnbull does not like his working conditions then I suggest that he uses some advice from the coalition prior to the election. Leave and get a better job.

    Perhaps he could go back to being an investment banker. I hear it is a growth industry these days, with the theme song being Yazz’z “The only way is up!”.

    And yes – I did boogie to that song on Saturday night.

  21. Following on from joni’s excellent choice for kitchen dancing:

  22. Since nobody else here ever uses the blockquote tag then I’ll stop as well 🙂

    “The best thing Feilding could do is come out of the closet and call himself a Liberal”

    He’s no liberal mate, at best he’s “unique” and not in a good way. Fortunately he wont get re-elected next time. I wish I could say the same for Xenophon but I suspect he will go on for years, cheap populist prick that he is.

  23. On commercial radio this morning, Joe Hockey ” I wish we could control what goes into the newspapers”….Freudian perhaps?.

  24. “I wish I could say the same for Xenophon but I suspect he will go on for years”

    And the ‘Advertiser’ here in Adelaide made sure and will continue to make sure that he is because there isnt a day goes by that they dont praise him. Eg: his opposition to the stimulous using the spurious reason of the Murray – Advertiser headline: “Xenophon takes on th eprime minister and wins”
    He is an independent trojan horse full of nasty little liberals.

    this is also why I dont buy the balance argument or the house of the review argument

  25. “this is also why I dont buy the balance argument or the house of the review argument” – Nic T.

    Nic, this is why I never read the Advertiser.

  26. ” I wish we could control what goes into the newspapers”

    Only 70% of it eh?

    N’

  27. this is also why I don’t buy the balance argument or the house of the review argument

    Me too, I haven’t seen many progressive thinking “independents’ they are all conservatives in disguise.

  28. Must say, Julia Gillard is a fiery one…thinking she might make a good PM oneday. Tho plenty of men here don’t seem to like women in charge unfortunately. Will that change? She’s a capable INDIVIDUAL for goodness sakes.
    N’

    Wait till she dons the fishnets and cracks the whip.She’ll bring all the recalcitrants to heel, N’.

  29. “Wait till she dons the fishnets and cracks the whip.She’ll bring all the recalcitrants to heel, N’.”

    lol…jane, I see her more in the attire of a gypsy queen…or something similar to a Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek Voyager…or Queen of the Elves…or even a kinder Thatcher…or Moses in drag…the list goes on…imagination runs wild…:)

    Pretty content w/ Rudd & Swan in charge for now tho.

    I wonder if Tanner would be Gillard’s Treasurer in the future?…or would they prefer him in Education?…& have Chris Bowen, or Bill Shorten or Nicola Roxon in that position?

    N’

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