COIN

Jim Allen has a new term – read him at Quadrant.

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29 Responses to COIN

  1. The Vic Liberals are a disgrace. Ted is just John Brumby lite, but less likeable (not that Brumby was likeable). I despair. I don’t know how we are going to get good government here in Vic. Bernie Finn has some good ideas but he’s completely marginalised. I wonder how the Libs got into this state of being.

  2. Infidel Tiger

    The Vic Liberals are a disgrace. Ted is just John Brumby lite, but less likeable (not that Brumby was likeable). I despair. I don’t know how we are going to get good government here in Vic. Bernie Finn has some good ideas but he’s completely marginalised. I wonder how the Libs got into this state of being.

    It’s no surprise. Your average Victorian is to the left of Lenin. Also they are very ugly.

  3. C.L.

    And they don’t even play football.

    !

  4. dover_beach

    Luckily I’m not your average Victorian.

  5. Infidel Tiger

    You’re serveral standard deviations from the mean Dover.

  6. Abu Chowdah

    Malcolm Coinbull.

    A hit, a palpable hit!

  7. John Mc

    The majority of coalition governments are COINs. Fatty O’Barrel is a COIN. Campbell Newman has a greater than 50% chance of being a COIN. Abbott may not be a COIN but he does’t go much beyond your typical big government conservative.

  8. JamesK

    Thank God somebody has wriiten it.

    Now a serious op-ed along the same lines but with bells and whistkes in The Oz, please.

  9. Carpe Jugulum

    It’s no surprise. Your average Victorian is to the left of Lenin. Also they are very ugly.

    1. I’m not

    2. I’m not……well i can’t prove that but my wife is a stunner (i can prove that)

  10. johno

    If anyone would like to see what a COINBull led government would be like, come to Victoria. It is not pretty.

    Retaining the Charter of so-called Human Rights was one big mistake, the other is the half assed review of climate change policies. They should have initiated a full public review of the scientific fraud underlying the global warming scare mongering so they could have discredited the Greens and then systematically removed all Brumby’s green nonsense.

    They haven’t, so they are left with making a few timid moves to wind back some of the worse of the green infestation.

    They hold power by one seat. If they lose the next election, it will not be a tragedy.

  11. Driftforge

    Unfortunately I suspect we will end up COIN’ed at the next election in Tasmania as well.

    And.. proof is always appreciated : )

  12. Winston Smith

    Carpe, The challenge is always:
    1. A bikini shot, or
    2. Tits or fuck off.
    3. There is no 3.
    4. Candy, we’re waiting.

    Yes, Winston has been at the Walkaboot Crik pub again.
    Yes, he’s going to get untidy.

  13. Don’t take this the wrong way but Aren’t there a lot of Greeks down there?

  14. Carpe Jugulum

    Winston

    Yes, he’s going to get untidy.

    It is a Friday you are meant to get messy, i’ll send our next holiday snaps to BingBing and you will see why i call mtself the luckiest sum bitch on the planet.

  15. Driftforge

    i’ll send our next holiday snaps to BingBing

    Sounds like a recipe for becoming the unluckiest ‘sum bitch on the planet’…

  16. John Comnenus

    Latte left, CINO* right.

    I want tea!

    *Coalition In Name Only.

  17. Winston Smith

    “Aren’t there a lot of Greeks down there?”

    There was a bloke from North Ireland, and a couple of truckies from Brisbane, and some backpackers from England who seemed lost.
    The bloke from NI seemed to have forgotten about the troubles with one of the girls from GB, and from the proximity of her tongue to his ear, there didn’t seem to be much of a chance of hostilities erupting tonight.
    The truckies just wanted a quiet beer before they climbed back into their respective cabs.
    So, no Greeks.

  18. John Mc

    I want tea!

    You mean you want TEA!

  19. JJP

    Unnecessarily divisive and damaging to the anti-Labor movement in Australia. The Liberal party remains a broad church and has been electorally successful because of it. I grant you, there are times when it is unfortunately paternalistic and doesn’t take the opportunity to take the bull by the horns and lead it towards liberty, but on the balance I’d say that they head in the right direction.

    Yes, Ballieu isn’t as reformist as he could be. But at least he’s directed his government away from supporting a carbon price, sought to reduce the size of his government and taken a lead on rejecting the federal hospital reform package. Repealing the Charter of Human Rights might be difficult politically with a one seat majority, but I will go out on a limb and say that a stronger second term government (if he even gets to a second term) would look at it.

  20. JJP

    Also, I should point out that the term ‘COIN’ implies that the Nationals are themselves friends of liberty. Anyone who wants to start protecting the farming industries of this country and spend truckloads of public money in their electorates isn’t exactly exemplar and something to be looked up to.

  21. daddy dave

    The nationals should be all about land reform, flexible land use, strong property rights and freedom for small businesses.

    If they got all that, the farmers of Australia would be booming. So there’s a space for the Nationals to be pro-liberty, but I agree with JJP that they dont’ always get to where they need to be. Handouts and subsidies are no way to do business or politics.

  22. Max Scream

    What about LOIN – Labor only in name: Rudd, Guillard, Bligh, Hawke, Keating, etc.

  23. wreckage

    I agree with JJP that they dont’ always get to where they need to be.

    Their electorate is deeply divided on the issue, sometimes even regarding the ideas in a single individual’s head. Overall farmers and the Nats are more pro-market than a lot of other business/party partnerships. Problem is there are two types of farmers. The type that figures hey, you didn’t inherit land you shouldn’t own it, and the type that don’t (and the difference isn’t decided by whether a farmer himself inherited land.) The former are pro anything that cements their advantage, and so are the latter, respectively.

    Most pundits don’t give enough of a damn to figure out which is which.

  24. John Comnenus

    And are their policies are a LOIN cloth?

  25. JJP

    Exactly Daddydave.

    Instead what we have is a National Party in NSW which has essentially shut the gate on mineral development in order to artificially inflate the price of farmland.

    Bert Kelly would be most upset with the farming classes these days…

  26. Max Scream

    And are their policies are a LOIN cloth?

    No, Julia decided she needed more coverage.

  27. Abu Chowdah

    What about LOIN – Labor only in name: Rudd, Guillard, Bligh, Hawke, Keating, etc.

    Pretty accurate considering Keating’s remarks claiming the ALP invented the middle class.

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