What’s the point of the [Liberal] party, then?
So it’s not surprising that I had dozens of angry Liberals ring me on 2GB last week to say they’re fed up.
The Institute of Public Affairs even raised $40,000 in just four hours from typical Liberal supporters donating $10 or $20 for a newspaper ad savaging their own government for dodging the free speech debate.
“We’ll lose the base on this,” a Cabinet minister told me.
Sure, it’s great to finally have a government that is at least competent.
But the members want more for all the blood they sweat for their party. They want the Liberal Government they worked for and this isn’t yet it.
Which leaves traditional Liberals with a dilemma. Which party will at least fight for their values?
My tip? Watch Liberals of a libertarian kind at least lend an ear to the new Liberal Democrat Senator, David Leyonhjelm, while more conservative ones cheer Family First Senator Bob Day. After all, someone’s got to speak for Liberals, don’t they?
Couldn’t agree more.
Unfortunately, Andrew is still making excuses for Abbott.
But will there be a stiffening of spine? I fear not, since the problem is less Abbott than his more ABC-attuned MPs.
No. A fish rots from the head down.