Just in case some casual visitor to this site might come to the conclusion that the cross-posting by Zeev Vinokurov Geert Wilders and the ALA do not stand for liberty–they undermine it represents the majority opinion of the readers of this site, going into the comments on Zeev’s post should cure them of any such thought. We do not, of course, run a survey two gauge the opinion of our readers, but if the comments posted are any reflection of the sentiment that lies beneath, there is no doubt which way that sentiment runs.
And while I am at it, I might raise a couple of issues that I discussed in the comment thread on Tony’s Margaret Thatcher address where I have added two comments of my own. First this:
Abbott was all Thatcher but where was his Keith Joseph? And Margaret didn’t have to put up with a creep like Turnbull who relentlessly stalked his own PM to the extent that nothing debated in cabinet was not the next day being aired on the news. But Margaret was famous for her foreign policy even more than the economics. She with Ronald Reagan and the Pope stared down the Evil Empire, not to mention Argentina and the Falklands. I only wish we had a Margaret Thatcher somewhere in one of the major countries of the West. Instead we have Obama, Merkel and Malcolm. There is some potential in Cameron but he, too, is no Margaret Thatcher.
And then this:
Dealing with migration and the Islamic State is the issue of our time in the same way that dealing with the Soviet Union was the issue of her time. Who besides Tony gets it? As for economics, this is from her first budget in 1979:
The 8 and 12.5 per cent VAT rates were unified at 15 per cent, putting around 3.75 per cent on the RPI. There was also a 7p increase in petrol duty, adding 10p to a gallon when VAT was added in. (For RPI reasons, alcohol and tobacco duties were left untouched.) The oil companies were tapped: Petroleum Revenue Tax (PRT) was increased from 45 to 60p and BNOC lost its exemption from the tax.
Let us compare with Joe defending his first budget in 2013:
An emotional Mr Hockey described his first budget, which included the now-dumped GP co-payment, plans to uncap university fees and increased fuel and income taxes, as too courageous for the Parliament.
We will see as time goes by who will be as courageous as Joe and Tony were then. I suspect there is no one around who will take these issues on, least of all the current incumbent, who was probably leaking as furiously as he could to all his mates at the ABC.
This Abbott Derangement Syndrome truly is a form of insanity. People who think politics is no more difficult than agreeing with your friends while sitting around their dining room table ought to get out once in a while. Abbott had a right to expect some slack from those who understand what the other side represents but an appreciation of the difficulties of political craftsmanship is as rare as a modern economist’s understanding of the operation of a market economy.