Spirit of Ajax won’t help Liberals

Today in The Australian

Watching Malcolm Turnbull’s recent conduct, it was hard not to think of Enoch Powell’s famous conclusion to his biography of ­Joseph Chamberlain. “All political lives,” Powell wrote, “unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and human affairs.”

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas AO is a columnist for The Australian. From 2009 to 2015 he was Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia and from 2009 to 2017 was Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the University of Wollongong’s SMART Infrastructure Facility. He joined SMART and Deloitte after working as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Prior to that, he was an economist at the OECD in Paris from the late 1970s until the early 1990s. At the OECD, he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment (1984-1987), which concentrated on improving the efficiency of government policies in a wide range of areas, and was subsequently Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department. He has taught at a range of universities, undertaken a number of government inquiries and served as a Lay Member of the New Zealand High Court. In 2016, he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia.
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29 Responses to Spirit of Ajax won’t help Liberals

  1. Bruce of Newcastle

    Spirit of Icarus more like. Flying upwards on a rising stream of CO2 until with a small squawk they get fried by the voters. Macron is just the latest to get waxed.

  2. Ubique

    It’s just a shame for Australia that Malcolm Turnbull’s political career didn’t end in failure ten years ago. It should have, if it were not for the furious levels of tyre-pumping done by the ABC and Fairfax that artificially boosted his popularity.

  3. Ubique

    Macron is just the latest to get waxed.

    Macron’s wax was for a full Brazilian.

  4. billie

    Ubique .. agreed, what incredibly poor judges of character are the ABC

    sadly so many people are influenced by the ABC’s inflated egos and complete lack of depth

  5. End in failure? More like start in failure, progress in failure, and end in a vitriolic tantrum!

  6. Roger

    It’s just a shame for Australia that Malcolm Turnbull’s political career didn’t end in failure ten years ago. It should have, if it were not for the furious levels of tyre-pumping done by the ABC and Fairfax that artificially boosted his popularity.

    Turnbull’s success in politics -if one can call it that – was underwritten by one man: John Howard.

    He promoted him above more experienced conservatives and convinced him to stay on in 2009 after he lost the leadership to Abbott.

    It all goes back to Howard, along with several other messes we’re now contending with – middle class welfare, the immigration Ponzi scheme, land clearing laws and the RET.

    Howard is the great wrecker of modern Australia; Turnbull is an amateur by comparison, although he’s doing his best to destroy the Liberal Party.

  7. Up The Workers!

    I’m not surprised that Macron had himself waxed for a ‘full Brazilian’ – after all, they couldn’t very well wax his granny – too many wrinkles!

  8. Sinclair Davidson

    Henry at his finest. If you read nothing else today …

  9. stackja

    MT always was duplicitous.

  10. Dr Fred Lenin

    On reflection Roger is corect ,Howard was the beginning of the end for the liberals,his dislike of Costello was shown when he lost the election to that absolute fraud and fool krudd,Costello would have tortured the idiot mercilessly . Howards encouragement of the other fraud turnbull ,a failure in every venture he ever went in to shows a strange mind set for a former party leader and is very suspect . Now after the next defeat by a bunch of absolute career cretins who couldn t get a real job swabbing toilets the liberals will split .pyne etc. will go to an alp/gangrene left left party supporting shortass ,the rightists will go into a sad forlon remnant of a conservative grouping of rural subsidy seekers and creatures of the few capitalists who arent globalist fascists . The desth knell of democracy is nigh ,the u.n. Fascists are winning.
    Weve all been rooned said Hanrahan by fools and charlatans , bring them her to see us we can get them in our hands

  11. DaveR

    The 54 Liberals that voted for Tunbull over Abbott should rue the day they put this dangerous narcissist at the top of the Liberal party. Now the public start to see the real Turnbull behind the facade, we now know all the rumors about his underhand tactics are true. How could these Liberals not do their due diligence properly? This is an investment banker/lawyer always only in a team of one. And his own politics are not Liberal. Shame on them.

  12. stackja

    Kev promised much. Voters regret?Now they want BS? No accounting for voters taste.

  13. Dr Fred Lenin

    Billy Russel an English comedian of the second war era said once .
    The politicians ,they promise you everything ,give you nothing , and take it off you before you get it.
    Another of his sayings ,”its better now than it was before it was as good as what it is now ,innit?
    He knew his politicians that man .

  14. Entropy

    Stacks, the voters don’t want Shorten. It’s just the don’t want this version of the LNP even more.

  15. Mark M

    Even the doctors won’t save the cinos, and the abc will right behind them, publishing unmitigated crap …

    “Climate change delusion is dangerous to humanity, … Dangerous, for it is responsible for thousands of deaths worldwide from fire, flood, drought and hunger and a range of other causes including infections.

    Unfortunately, the Government tolerates climate deniers, so their constituents must instead vote them out to save lives.”

    Dr David Shearman is the Honorary Advisor to Doctors for the Environment Australia and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Adelaide University.

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-07/climate-change-denialism-holocaust-david-attenborough-coal/10585744

    Who denies the last ice age?

  16. bosnich

    Here richly, with ridiculous display
    the politicians corpse was laid away.
    While all his acquaintances sneered and slanged
    I wept for I had longed to see him hanged.

    I do not know who said this but I reckon that whoever it was got it right.

  17. egg_

    Spirit of Icarus more like. Flying upwards on a rising stream of CO2 until with a small squawk they get fried by the voters. Macron is just the latest to get waxed.

    Nailed it.
    Even Mutti Merkel is treading warily.

  18. egg_

    Dr David Shearman is the Honorary Advisor to Doctors for the Environment Australia and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at Adelaide University.

    Quack, quack…

  19. Dr Fred Lenin

    Read on cnn (communist narxist news ) alarming thawing of Greenland Ice could raise ocean thirty feet ! There wouldnt be a climate scammers piss up in Poland would there? 22,000 concerned freeloaders filling the top hotels and polluting the atmosphere with plane pollutants and using copious amounts of coal fired power. Question , when the ice age covered Greenland in the 11th century did the sea fall thirty feet ?another question ,since Greenland is only about a wuarter of the Arctic will there be a greater rise in levels say ninety feet,making a total of 120 feet ? Will Antarctica melt too ? Since its bigger than the arctic will the total sea rise be in excess of 300 feet? These questions need to be answered comrades .

  20. egg_

    thawing of Greenland Ice could raise ocean thirty feet !

    Considering we’re 21 feet (7 m) max from the last Interglacial peak, I’m calling bullsh1t.
    Presumably, we’re likely already in a (very long term) cooling phase, due to hysteresis.

  21. egg_

    since Greenland is only about a wuarter of the Arctic will there be a greater rise in levels say ninety feet,making a total of 120 feet ? Will Antarctica melt too ? Since its bigger than the arctic will the total sea rise be in excess of 300 feet?

    IIRC NASA states that if all terrestrial ice melted, the oceans would rise by 160 feet.

    Since we’re 21 feet (7m) from the last Interglacial peak, that is highly unlikely; logic dictates that is is going the other way – Antarctica is nett gaining ice, despite some calving of the Ross ice shelf, and the Arctic is entering a three decade cooling phase – hence, the carpetbaggers are more shrill than usual?

  22. egg_

    So Robyn 100m Williams is wrong, even according to NASA.

  23. egg_

    when the ice age covered Greenland in the 11th century did the sea fall thirty feet ?

    How different was the shoreline in Erik the Red’s day?

  24. duncanm

    Read on cnn (communist narxist news ) alarming thawing of Greenland Ice could raise ocean thirty feet

    Greenland Ice Sheet Sixth Highest On Record – linked from Rafe’s return roundup.

  25. duncanm

    Regarding sea levels and temperature, the prevailing idiotic assumption is that somehow things should never change, and we’re at some sort of ‘optimum’.

    Judith Curry has an excellent summary here of sea-level data, looking at ancient civilisations (Roman, Egyptian etc). Sea ports far inland of current coasts, subsidence, rapidly rising land, sea level changes. Its all there in an infinitesimal sliver of Earth’s history.

  26. Tel

    Greenland Ice Sheet Sixth Highest On Record – linked from Rafe’s return roundup.

    With Global Warming mostly hiding at the bottom of the ocean, you can’t expect it to be in a position to also melt the ice in Greenland.

    If too much ice piles up, it slides down the hill and the last chunk falls off into the ocean. Pretty much self regulating.

    Think about you have a coffee table, and you tip dry sand onto the coffee table. At a certain stage it doesn’t matter if you tip a bit more sand or a bit less sand because there’s only so much dry sand you can dump onto a given coffee table before it starts falling off again. Same deal with ice and snow piled up on Greenland.

  27. The Fifth Bike Rider of the Apocalypse

    Climate change delusion is … responsible for thousands of deaths worldwide from fire, flood, drought and hunger and a range of other causes including infections – Mark M.

    Bullshit.

    Disease (in its many forms) was the leading specific cause of deaths worldwide in 2016 with cardiovascular disease the number one killer.

    Road ‘incidents’, suicide and homicide were ranked ahead of malnutrition (18th) and drowning (floods?) which was ranked 19th.

    Fire came in 26th as the specific cause of deaths worldwide.

    Heat related deaths (exposure to heat and cold) were 28th, just ahead of terrorism and natural disasters.

    This information is contained is a paper written by Hannah Ritchie and Max Roser for the Our World in Data website developed as a public good by the University of Oxford.

    Another paper authored by the pair in 2018 on natural disasters shows that the number of natural disasters including extreme weather, extreme temperatures, droughts, floods and wildfire has fallen from a peak of 526 in 2000 to 291 in 2017.

  28. Bruce

    Ajax?

    Those statist clowns need Drano.

  29. Roger, what about Howards obedience to “general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international controls” ?

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