I was interviewed on 2GB this evening – chatting to Andrew Bolt and Steve Price about the election and Clive Palmer.
Andrew Bolt has been very dark on Clive Palmer – more or less rightly so. Palmer reminds me a lot of the Joh for Canberra push in the late 1980s. Palmer has a strange combination of populist tax and spending policies.
During the discussion my cuckoo clock chimed and got heard on radio – kind of sums it up, I think.
The problem with Clive Palmer is that he has been a successful businessman and like so many successful businesspeople thinks that he can solve the problems of the world – all we need is a firm hand and someone to bark instructions. That may well work in business but seldom works in politics. The CEO might be the boss, but the PM is merely first amongst equals.
But here is the rub – if the choice was between a Palmer candidate for the last Senate post and a Green or even ALP senator who would you prefer? Ideally Rachel Connor would take the last Queensland spot but failing that, I’d prefer somebody who wanted to cut taxes, get the economy moving, and repeal the carbon tax and mining tax.
While we’re on endorsements – if you’re in South Australia give some thought to Family First. Bob Day is solid on economic issues.