It is the end of days – liberal minded people – not to mention actual Liberal voters – having to rely on the ALP and Greens to ensure that Tony Abbott doesn’t break an election promise.
This morning Terry McCrann continues his valiant defence of Tony Abbott.
THE congregation of the church of the Big Lie over Tony Abbott’s mythical tax promise is certainly a very broad one.
Apart from the usual suspects — the Greens and Labor, which have grown a total institutional inability to tell the truth; and the Canberra Press Gallery, which has long revealed an inability to actually analyse anything — it’s managed to also scoop up a wide range of what might be termed unusual suspects.
They include my colleague, Andrew Bolt, who surprisingly for a self-identified atheist, even occasional sceptic, seems to have drunk this church’s Kool-aid altar wine; and some on the libertarian right, like Fairfax’s Paul Sheehan and the Catallaxy blog’s Sinclair Davidson, who have revealed an inner loonism every bit the equal of the loony left.
He is doing a fine job defending Abbott, but I just don’t believe him. I suspect many Liberal voters don’t believe him either. Terry has identified an unusual coalition of suspects who are arguing that Abbott is breaking a promise. Here at the Cat we’ve run a 15 day series of posts showing the evidence of the promise over the four years Abbott has been leader. Abbott has been remarkably consistent on the point of taxation.
The problem Terry faces and, more importantly, the government faces was set out in the Financial Review this morning (emphasis added):
But some Coalition MPs returning to Canberra on Monday following a six-week parliamentary recess said they and their constituents were perplexed and angry at the tax decisions.
One said voters were far less tolerant today towards governments that broke promises.
“Six years ago we would have got away with this,’’ he said.
Another said others were questioning Mr Abbott’s comprehension of what voters would and would not accept.
He said the anger intensified when the government tried to contend the changes were neither tax increases nor broken promises.
Trying to argue no broken promise is bad strategy. Better to take the electorate into your confidence and treat them like adults – say something like “Yes we’ve had to break a promise for these [insert list] reasons.” Politicians who have been able to do that have gotten away with their broken commitments, those who can’t haven’t.
The other problem Terry faces is in the list of his unusual suspects. When you have people like Andrew Bolt, Paul Sheehan, Peter van Onselen, and my good self – individuals from across the entire spectrum of the broad church that is liberal thought – all saying the same thing, that Abbott is going to break a promise, then maybe a promise in being broken. I’m happy to believe that any one of us can make a mistake, but all four of us making the same mistake at the same time?