A lack of voter gratitude.

Aaron Patrick is a journalist for the AFR.  In TAFKAS’s opinion, he is one of the better ones.  He plays with a fairly straight bat.  In today’s AFR, Patrick writes about:

Scott Morrison’s fate rests on a new generation of Liberal operators

And this is the key line in the article:

Coalition strategists are resigned to a lack of voter gratitude.

Statements like that don’t come from the ether.  They are the words and/or sentiments reflected by the Coalition insiders who likely spoke off the record to Patrick.

But there you go.  We citizens, taxpayers, voters should be grateful that we have been blessed and privileged to be “led” by the political and policy geniuses that include Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrisson.  But wait.  There’s more:

The challenge for the campaign team is to convince voters their futures will be brighter under the Liberal Party.

Yes.

  • Australians will have high taxes under a coalition government, but not as high as under a Labor Government.
  • Australians will have a high mandatory renewable energy target under a coalition government, but not as high as under a Labor Government.
  • Australians will have a large and growing government sector under a coalition government, but not as large as under a Labor Government.

TAFKAS does not know about others, but he is relaxed and comfortable, but only slightly more than he would be under a Labor Government.

Fair dinkum.  Is this really as good as it gets?

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51 Responses to A lack of voter gratitude.

  1. Terry

    Bill Shorten and Co will remove all of your fingernails, while we intend to leave you with one.

    See, we’re better. Vote for us. We know, you can thank us later.

  2. Tim Neilson

    The challenge for the campaign team is to convince voters their futures will be brighter under the Liberal Party.

    They could probably persuade me that my future under the Photios Party would be “just as utterly catastrophic as under Labor but the catastrophe wouldn’t happen quite so quickly”.

  3. Bruce of Newcastle

    Gratitude for some of the highest electricity prices in the world? With free blackouts as a bonus?

    A budget repair ‘levy’ (hoho) which hit superannuation lump sums?

    Vast subsidies paid to green boondoggles from my taxes?

    A federal debt of $531 billion?

    A complete failure to reign in the unlawful actions of government broadcaster, which again I am forced to pay for out of my taxes.

    Until the Liberal Party gets a brain I will no longer be voting for them.

  4. stackja

    Voters keep electing politicians expecting to get a change. Change from $9.99?

  5. Genghis

    Sparticus
    That’s just plain BS by Aron Patrick & you.

  6. RobK

    BoN has articulated my sentiments well.

  7. Chris

    I believe that Labor would be a disaster.
    I won’t vote Liberal until I see that they put working for Australia ahead of their own self-interest.

    Betraying my lifetime of ‘responsible’ voting for the no-principles ‘Party that Doesn’t Loot Quite As Much’ requires more than being slightly less worse.

  8. Infidel Tiger

    Thank you for the world’s most expensive housing.

    Thank you for the world’s most expensive electricity

    Thank you for the crazy levels of immigration

    Thank you for the lack of wage growth

    Thank you for stifling life and small business with redtape and bureaucracy

    And finally, go fuck yourselves.

  9. Exit Stage Right

    Oh dear,
    Lack of voter gratitude
    This comment sums up the disconnect between the ruling class and the rest of us.
    The people on the street are about join the yellow vest movement and all the pollie advisors can come up with is the voter lack of gratitude. The pricks have got to do something magical in the next couple of months to earn my gratitude.

  10. Leo G

    Is this really as good as it gets?

    Good Bill wanting, or the Morri Bund?

  11. The gap separating the politicians and the people-with-a-brain has opened to become a chasm.
    Don’t be sucked in by the Uniparty.
    We have a one party state unless PHON, AC, and ALA are able to form some sort of coalition.

  12. Speedbox

    Infidel Tiger
    #2920774, posted on January 29, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    100%.

  13. Chris M

    Maybe the voters are just confused about the itty bitty differences between LibLab? Also changing leaders so often adds to the confusion. Might get to a point where elections are suspended because voters are so dense and ungrateful? Uniparty knows best!

  14. JB of Sydney/Shanghai

    I have pointed out to Cats a few good points about the People’s Republic of China.

    One benefit of the Chinese political system is citizens have no need to worry themselves about which party should get their vote, for obvious reasons.

    The more astute among you have probably worked out that Australia’s “democracy” is that in name only, as with a couple of minor exceptions, we only have the two branches of the Uniparty.

    At least China doesn’t pretend to be anything but a one party state. However, they are much smarter than us, as they burn huge amounts of Australian coal and gas, and are becoming more and more wealthy.

    Australia, not so much

  15. Myrddin Seren

    Chris M

    Might get to a point where elections are suspended because voters are so dense and ungrateful?

    Plainly they are environmentally unsustainable – all that paper printed, all those people commuting to polling booths, all those politicians and media travelling around.

    At some point Get Up or the Greens will start a

    ‘Save the Planet – Stop the Elections’ campaign

    Australians will leap on board eagerly because ‘Save the Planet….’

    and we will be done.

  16. Squirrel

    An article linked to today’s AFR piece about the Famous Four reports that –

    “The Morrison government is considering cash handouts to pensioners and lower income families, in a desperate pre-election move to lift its dwindling support among voters.”

    If this comes to pass it will surely be all of a piece with what we have seen so far – almost, but probably not quite, as craven as Labor, a cynical bribe which will be pocketed without gratitude (and with contempt, by more than a few).

    Most likely, “lower income families” will be defined with regard to the white picket fence view of a family and measured by the insider perspective that any household with less than 150k or so rolling in are doing it tough, and those on 100k or less are dead set battlers – so it will be diffuse, (but not in a good way) and tokenistic, and will probably lose more votes than it wins, particularly from those who miss out.

  17. Confused Old Misfit

    “The Morrison government is considering cash handouts to pensioners and lower income families, in a desperate pre-election move to lift its dwindling support among voters.”

    I’ll take the cash but I’ll be damned if I’ll vote for them.
    I wonder where they’ll class pensioners with an income <50K?

  18. miltonf

    So all the Labor people who told me the Libs thought they were ‘born to rule’ were right after all. Not that I’m saying Labor is good. Interesting to see that Downer was a director of Huawei along with Brumby. They really do despise the people who bankroll their lavish lifestyles. Was it the same with Menzies-Holt-Gorton-Bolte-Askin etc etc? Maybe but I think not. Fraser for sure-I can see why Gorton hated him.

  19. miltonf

    So we are meant to grateful to the political class for trashing our economy and our society.

  20. Davo

    I’m with infidel tiger…except the alternative will have to do it twice as they are even worst.

    Sadly, it does look about as good as it gets….possibly for a decade or so

    The political landscape would totally change if the morons had 3-5 real policies for the benefit of the country, and the ordinary people….. not themselves ,the UN and the left/green media. Think rewarding effort , think immigration, think superannuation, think calling all on climate change delusion etc

  21. Behind Enemy Lines

    Chris
    #2920772, posted on January 29, 2019 at 5:08 pm
    I believe that Labor would be a disaster.
    I won’t vote Liberal until I see that they put working for Australia ahead of their own self-interest.

    Betraying my lifetime of ‘responsible’ voting for the no-principles ‘Party that Doesn’t Loot Quite As Much’ requires more than being slightly less worse.

    Exactly. They’ve been riding on the votes of people like us for a long time, but finally got too greedy and became the ‘Party That Loots Quite As Much’. It’ll come to an end in approximately May, notwithstanding what we’re being told by the presstitutes claiming the Libs are back in with a chance. Everyone I know is grateful like The Infidel Tiger, and keen to pile onto his final comment.

  22. J.H.

    “Is this as good as it gets?”…… Well with a Taxpayer funded political elite and a socialistic permanent bureaucracy maintaining a compulsory taxpool, we’re lucky it isn’t worse. But give it time.

  23. Coalition strategists are resigned to a lack of voter gratitude.

    You arrogant, mindless, self worshiping pricks.
    We’ll turn up in front of Parliament House with our trailers and drag the lot of you off to meet the Public Safety Committee.

  24. Muddy

    A zombie slips into the House of Reps during a session. No-one else notices but you, at home, watching question time on TV (sicko). What do you do?
    a). Call your mate who works security at P-House and promise to give him a carton if he locks all the doors.
    b). Call the Federal Police and tell them there’s a white Christian about to misgender someone in a shopping centre in Queenbeyan.
    c). Check the use-before dates of all the party snacks in your pantry and try to find something edible.
    d). Phone the TV station and ask if they can do more close-ups.
    e). All of the above or choose-your-own-adventure.

  25. Bruce of Newcastle

    A zombie slips into the House of Reps during a session. No-one else notices but you, at home, watching question time on TV (sicko). What do you do?

    No need to panic.
    Zombies only eat brains.
    The House of Reps is totally safe.

  26. Tel

    Cheer up he said … things could be worse.

    So we cheered up, and sure enough it did get worse!

  27. miltonf

    Young, cool and hip too!

  28. Leo G

    A zombie slips into the House of Reps during a session. No-one else notices but you, at home, watching question time on TV (sicko). What do you do?

    You should realise that a zombie’s job is to torment the living. This fellow was undoubtably a QT television crew member.
    If you find you still can’t think outside the box, you might read through a copy of the US government’s 2011 zombie dominance defence plan.

  29. Muddy

    Leo G.

    My thought was that no-one in the House noticed or panicked because the zombie was VERY familiar to them.

  30. egg_

    Coalition strategists are resigned to a lack of voter gratitude.

    That’s gotta be a B-Ark statement.

  31. egg_

    A zombie slips into the House of Reps during a session.

    What about the smell?
    The zombie soon got used to it.

  32. John Constantine

    I got a truck, the Libs will charge me more to drive it myself, the Labs will ban me driving it and make me pay a Union crony monopoly Big truck outfit.

    I got diesel engines, the libs will charge me more, the labs will ban them.

    I got sheep, the libs will charge me more to run them, the labs will ban them.

    I got gold, neither half of the one party State knows about that.

    Comrades.

  33. Hay Stockard

    Stupid filthy liberals.
    I would die a happy man to see several South Australian libs dangling from lampposts. However:
    Why vote for them just because they aren’t as bad as the other arrogant born to rule party. They both are selling us out to the Chicoms and Mullahas.
    Take the money ASAP. Let the Chicoms and Mullahs fight it out. Sit on the sidelines. Salvage what’s left and rebuild.

  34. Shy Ted

    ScoMo on 7.30 going for the left vote.

  35. Pedro the Ignorant

    John Constantine, be very canny about selling off any of your gold stash.

    The ATO keeps a close eye on licensed gold traders and their transactions. They want to know where you got your gold, how long it has been in your possession etc. etc.

    Like much of Australian business, the .gov sticks it nose in everywhere it thinks it is dipping out on its cut.

    Plenty of options, private cash sales are your own business, but don’t use eBay or Gumtree, Big Brother watches these. If you have natural gold, (not minted) goldfields area caravan parks are full of of eager tourist buyers willing to pay a cash premium for natural nuggets. Pull out your stash after the tourists have slurped down a bottle of plonk at the park “sundowner” session.

    Victorians, in particular seem to be dazzled by the yellow stuff, and the grey nomads are usually pretty cashed up.

    Many ways to skin a cat.

  36. Leo G

    The challenge for the campaign team is to convince voters their futures will be brighter under the Liberal Party.

    Voters understand that a dim Liberal team is offering to better light the way to a darker future.

  37. The BigBlueCat

    Did anyone see ScoMo on the 7:30 report tonight? He referred to Wayne Swan as Wayne Swine …. a Freudian Slip if there ever was one …..

  38. Leo G

    …a Freudian Slip if there ever was one …..

    One Shot Morrison he will be.

  39. yarpos

    Gratitude? I beggars belief

    The insular unawareness is only exceeded by the stupidity of it all

    As other have said , just a couple of signs the they are acting in the interests of Australia and Australians and not pandering/coddling/aligning with whiney minorities and the UN.

  40. NB

    What our employees think about us is of little matter. Soon they will be fired. Sadly, the replacements don’t appear to have much talent either.

  41. flyingduk

    I got gold, neither half of the one party State knows about that.

    😉

  42. Tom

    Infidel Tiger

    #2920774, posted on January 29, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Thank you for the world’s most expensive housing.

    Thank you for the world’s most expensive electricity

    Thank you for the crazy levels of immigration

    Thank you for the lack of wage growth

    Thank you for stifling life and small business with redtape and bureaucracy

    And finally, go fuck yourselves.

    Bullseye, Tiger boy!

  43. Percy Popinjay

    Dear Beryl Gladyschliocklian,

    Thank you for the George St bombsite

    Thank you for the new sporting stadia

    Thank you for the return and earn scheme

    Thank you for shutting down perfectly functional rail lines, replaced with yet more frigging light rail

    Thank you for Don Harwin and his progressive views on electrickery for the proles

    And finally, go fuck yourself

  44. Percy Popinjay

    And thanks IT, for the inspiration.

  45. duncanm

    Politicians should be grateful the populace doesn’t string them up from the nearest tree.

  46. John Constantine

    Nugget gold is the only gold.

    The smuggling trade of milk formula in tins back to china is said to have other things in some tins as well…

  47. Dr Fred Lenin

    Bloody ingrates those foul oeasants wont do as they are told by the superior class ,we got universidie degrees in socialist work and branch stacking with black belts in union mafia thuggery . Whingeing because we are taking “our fair share “of the countries wealth ,they should be on their knees licking our superior boots . They cant beat us we have rigged the voting so we are on top for ever ,never saw that coming did they ,we did it in the name of “democracy” ha ha ha a real gotcha .

  48. Dr Fred Lenin

    A zombie sklipped into the house of representatives and another into the sennit,security had no problem letting them in used to zombies are they ? Yes. Yes ,and yes.

  49. gowest

    There was a time when the LibNats and ALPGreens could get away with this crap;

    That was when there was unlimited access to internet Porn and illegal downloads for free
    That and a whole lot more “nice things we used to have” have been stripped away.
    Meanwhile we find that unlimited immigrants = guaranteed govt pay-rises and
    Climate change = public service travel / job creation at the expense of blackouts / higher power prices during the hottest summers and coldest winters ever!

    The voters used to be zombies now our politicians will reap what they have sown

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