The whether vane has shifted

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and former deputy leader Julie Bishop at the West Australian Liberal Party campaign rally. Picture: AAP

A good sign indeed of whether the Libs are in with a real chance: Key figures attend Lib rally in WA seat of Swan. That’s from The Oz.

Julie Bishop has heaped praise on Scott Morrison at a Liberal Party rally in Perth this evening.

“Scott’s been campaigning so well. I’m feeling very confident. I’ve been saying for a long time that we will win this election,” Ms Bishop told reporters after the prime minister’s speech.

“Scott’s a very experienced politician and he was a very good Treasurer, and he took on the role of Prime Minister in less than ideal circumstances and he’s done an exceedingly good job.”

And then there’s this in both The Age and the SMH: It took John Howard just one minute to deliver the campaign’s most potent attack on Bill Shorten. And look who’s in the picture.

Then Howard appealed to the voters of Warringah, on Sydney’s northern beaches.

“They’re not the big end of town. I mean, that is an insult to every successful small businessman who has worked hard accumulated a bit and wants to leave it to his kids,” Mr Howard said. “I mean that’s what this country is all about!”

John Howard meets shoppers flanked by Tony Abbott.
John Howard meets shoppers flanked by Tony Abbott.

It was vintage Howard – a nod to Menzies’ forgotten Australians, a paean to suburban values, indignation for those who denigrate diligence, and yes, just a little bit old-fashioned in his gendered pronouns.

Malcolm, who’s Malcolm?

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58 Responses to The whether vane has shifted

  1. Ubique

    Turnbull and Pyne, so good to see the back of those bastards.

  2. Ubique

    Morrison and co have been poncing about talokng about climate change; it takes an old hand like John Howard to hand Electricity Bill Shorten his arse on a plate inside one minute.

  3. None

    Gosh Julie Bishop has had so much botox her eyebrows are going to disappear over the top of her head.

  4. Crossie

    I’ve been saying for a long time that we will win this election,” Ms Bishop told reporters after the prime minister’s speech.

    For Julie a long time is today.

  5. Crossie

    It was vintage Howard – a nod to Menzies’ forgotten Australians, a paean to suburban values, indignation for those who denigrate diligence, and yes, just a little bit old-fashioned in his gendered pronouns.

    Neither John Howard nor Menzies copyrighted these ideas but the way Morrison avoids them you would think they were forbidden.

    The polls have tightened not because of ScoMo but in spite of him. Most people have seen the other side and are horrified.

  6. Crossie

    “They’re not the big end of town. I mean, that is an insult to every successful small businessman who has worked hard accumulated a bit and wants to leave it to his kids,” Mr Howard said. “I mean that’s what this country is all about!”

    This is the story of every aspirational suburb in western, north-western and south-western Sydney yet under Malcolm the Liberal party seemed to have shrunk to Wentworth and their obsession with climate change. ScoMo has not moved away from it but doubled down on the green stupidity.

  7. None:

    Gosh Julie Bishop has had so much botox her eyebrows are going to disappear over the top of her head.

    They’re not eyebrows, None.
    They are geographically embarrassed axilliary follicles.

  8. Julie Bishop has spent the last five years pissing on, and stabbing in the back every leader she has bludged under.
    The lazy cow has probably just seen the latest internal polling – it must be shocking for Labor if she’s schmoozing up to Morrison.
    Looking for a nice posting.

  9. Candy

    Julie Bishop wants back in, for some top job. You just know the bullying story was a fabrication.

  10. Tintarella di Luna

    I see the heartless gutless performing stick insect has rediscovered her inner leech Now there’s a piece of work

  11. Candy

    Also the association with the Turnbulls and their strange son and communist Get-Up outfit would inhibit her future job aspirations. She wants back in.

  12. Candy;
    She must believe she has a chance of landing something to even put her scrawny hand above the parapet.
    Now there’s a sense of entitlement for you.
    If Morrison doesn’t piss her off, he’s a bloody fool because she would still be in Turnbulls pocket.
    So it looks like she’ll be our next ambassador to the US.

  13. Mother Lode

    Poor Howard had to be a bit more circumspect during the Trumble Imperium – in case people remembered who talked him into staying in the party.

    I remember when Trumble got rolled the first time (Over climate change policy here he agreed with Labor/Geeens, but not Liberal voters who were finally stirred to tell the party what they thought) and Trumble quit. I was expansively pleased.

    Then he announced he would stay…

  14. Mother Lode

    They are geographically embarrassed axilliary follicles.

    Nicely put.

    That would make her mouth her navel.

    Every morning after her shower she would be rolling deodourant across her forehead, then picking the lint out of her mouth before smudging lipstick around it.

  15. Entropy

    They would have to win seats to stay in power?

    And yes, ms Stabship looking for a posting.

  16. Oh come on

    Don’t believe the luke-warm hype. Bye bye Libs. They’re going down. The only problem with this is that the ALP will win. Pity they can’t both lose.

  17. John Constantine

    For stabby mcstabbyface Bishop, a long time means since she was last offered a respect payment from a Landshark property developer.

    Comrade Maaaaates.

  18. Oh Come On is probably right. Look to the State based polls folks. They indicate the ALP only need to beat the LNP 2/3 from WA, VIC and QLD.

  19. Iampeter

    It was vintage Howard – a nod to Menzies’ forgotten Australians, a paean to suburban values, indignation for those who denigrate diligence, and yes, just a little bit old-fashioned in his gendered pronouns.

    Also, the most left wing PM Australia has ever had, but that’s not really an issue for conservatives.

    Malcolm, who’s Malcolm?

    Oh you know, he’s the guy who didn’t build the environmentalist bureaucracy, middle class welfare, engage in panicky gun buy backs after a shooting, etc, etc.

    Oh don’t get me wrong, he’s a complete leftist. But he’s the most non-left wing leader of the Coalition has had in 30 years.

  20. Oh come on

    build the environmentalist bureaucracy, middle class welfare, engage in panicky gun buy backs after a shooting, etc, etc.

    Now let’s watch limp beater pretend he isn’t fully in favour of all these things.

  21. Cassie of Sydney

    “Tintarella di Luna
    #3011764, posted on May 14, 2019 at 6:07 am
    I see the heartless gutless performing stick insect has rediscovered her inner leech Now there’s a piece of work”

    Bingo….as always from darling Tinta.

  22. the most left wing PM Australia has ever had

    FFS Howard was a big government gun grabber but GOUGH and GILLARD.

    You bloody reactionary simpleton. Stop it with this kayfabe paelocon schtick. It is a giant crock of shit and you bloodywell know it.

  23. Tel

    Looking for a nice posting.

    ScoMo will give her anything she asks.

    I’ve been saying for a long time that we will win this election,

    She did actually make that prediction back in February.

    https://www.juliebishop.com.au/statement-to-the-house-of-representatives-australian-parliament-canberra/

  24. Tom

    The polls have tightened not because of ScoMo but in spite of him. Most people have seen the other side and are horrified.

    Damn right, Crossie. Thanks to the damage Trumble has done to the Lieborals, it’s on a knife edge.

    The most telling stat about this week’s Newspoll is that 17% are “undecided”, which is Shy Tory code for “not voting left”.

  25. Mother Lode

    She must believe she has a chance of landing something to even put her scrawny hand above the parapet.

    Sane thing I thought when last week Trumble said something of the Libs campaign which would nudge a needle slightly to the ‘favourable’ side of the scale.

    For him, this was the equivalent of him putting on a vaudeville costume, stepping in front of the footlights, and belting out gutsy rendition of “Hey, There’s Scomo, He’s My Guy!”

    They both of them still see themselves as creatures of destiny – giants stepping from the present into the future while the rest of us myopically scurry about their feet like insects. They might be happy to betray us, but they are uncompromisingly loyal to themselves, and that is how they give themselves away.

    In actuality, their preposterous egos are comical give aways, like someone making a grand entrance into a room with a piece of toilet paper stuck to their she.

  26. Mother Lode

    I think with Trumble and Bishop, the spelling should be weather vain.

  27. Mother Lode

    to their she shoe

  28. mh

    The Libs may continue to nudge up their primary vote in this last week, which will make things close.

  29. Mother Lode

    One more observation.

    Last week the Labor party wheeled out the ones they feted as great leaders – KRudd, Gillard and Keating.

    The first two of these were clearly disasters as leaders. There is no public affection for them. KRudd was (and doubtless still is) a supercilious flake. He got in by pretending to be one thing and was buoyed up for a while by the MSM, but soon enough it became apparent that he had no ideas and was pathologically narcissistic. It was like for the first time in his life people liked him and he was so desperate to keep that he would say and do anything.

    Gillard was never really liked by people – if she had a honeymoon period with the Australian people it was never consummated. Her persona was too contrived, pretending her gender made her Prime Ministership ‘epochal’. She very quickly became recognised as a typical Labor operator, and her desperate pleading of misogyny stood in stark contrast to her rather lurid past.

    Keating is well known, respected by many, but not thought of fondly. Some people like his penchant for invective (I never did because it always seemed to be a way of avoiding having to have real answers), but he was an elitist through and through. A shriveled husk of a man in his grey rooms, the ticking of his clocks booming and marking the dispatch of each second, the years leeching substance from him even while leaving shape – like sea water does driftwood until it is like paper.

    Howard was different. People trust his motivations even if they distrust his method. I don’t think his gun buyback was a cynical exercise – he would have believed in the diabolical spirits that inhabit firearms, taking possession of people’s souls the moment they touched one, as much as anyone. The middle-class welfare was, I believe, truly motivated by a belief that the imposts on families with the additional expenses of their vile mewling offspring was an unbearable situation.

    But what people remember most fondly I think is the way he spoke to them, spoke of their concerns, and was not afraid of pissing off the MSM or the elites. They remember spirit of his time they would wish for again. A time which has become more desirable as we since have had a carnival procession of freaks and monsters. A Party Gras.

    And now just the words Howard used in Warringah have more power and cut through than the whole ScoMo campaign – and why not? ScoMo is a very reluctant fighter.

    Hawke was the larrikan, and in the early 80’s that was probably a type people warmed to. He was popular and a fighter. Naturally Labor has unpersoned him.

    Trumble belongs on the Labor stage between Gillard and KRudd.

  30. Jonesy

    Another “handshake” moment is fast dispappearing. The contractor and the Gladstone Port Authority is a hot button and no one outside the CM in Qld and Sky nightime crew has touched it.

    Imagine the ad…
    A guy talks to the opposition leader . “Disappeared!” No one is owning up to the reponsibility of “suspending” the guy, including packing up his desk, media ask a question, and the “it wasnt me” statements start flying. The guy is unsuspended but his employer has found him another job…why would that happen?…Labor..for the wuckers! Say something and you could be next!

  31. Iampeter

    Now let’s watch limp beater pretend he isn’t fully in favour of all these things.

    It’s conservatives who seem to be pretending to not be in favour of these things.

    FFS Howard was a big government gun grabber but GOUGH and GILLARD.

    Gough! Gillard! Bad! I is talks the politics. Derp!

    Yea no. No one is yet to top Howard’s environmentalism and welfare. He is by a wide margin the most left wing PM we’ve ever had.

    The fact conservatives don’t get this tells you a lot about the state of this hopeless movement.

  32. Mother Lode

    the years leeching leaching substance from him even while leaving shape

    A leech would find a the fading echo of a man a rather anaeamic diet.

  33. Oh come on

    Bugger off, limp beater. You’re a rubbish troll.

  34. Thank You Mother Lode for a brilliant summation of why we love and detest politicians.
    Wish I could write so eloquently as you.

  35. duncanm

    Very good summary Mother Lode.

    Howard was genuine. People respect that, even if they don’t agree with the policies.

    Abbott also had a bit of that, but in the end wilted under the ceaseless attacks from all angles.

  36. Behind Enemy Lines

    The whether vane has shifted
    Posted on 12:28 am, May 14, 2019 by Steve Kates

    A good sign indeed of whether the Libs are in with a real chance: Key figures attend Lib rally in WA seat of Swan. That’s from The Oz.

    In a way, it’s like the betting shop odds: after all who has a better nose for opportunity at the trough than a politician? So after jumping off the sinking ship in a sulk, Jools is now clambering back up a hawser and panting after an ambassador posting to Paris or London.

    The goss-int I’m getting is that ordinary people loathe the major parties and would like to see them all lose. But the left may have outwitted itself by being a little too open about wanting to spend the next decade stealing people’s savings and using it to repress popular but non-PC people like Israel Folau.

    By Godfrey, the LibNats may just pull this off.

    Not with any help from me, though. The LibNats aren’t better than Labour, they’re just slower.

  37. Elderly White Man From Skipton

    Who’s Malcolm you ask? He’s the guy who would have beaten Shorten fairly readily. Now, the great success of the folk who rolled him is that Shorten will likely win Government. The many ‘purists’ here who can’t even back the Coalition in this election can take credit for the ideological indulgence that has wrecked the conservative side. They remind me very much of the old Bill Hartley Left in the ALP.
    The Coalition will be lucky to crack 70 seats on Saturday and it’s entirely possible that safe seats like Warringah will turn, all because of indulgence.
    Purists can look forward to a long period of satisfactory whingeing.

  38. Behind Enemy Lines

    Elderly White Man From Skipton
    #3011915, posted on May 14, 2019 at 9:48 am

    The many ‘purists’ here who can’t even back the Coalition in this election can take credit for the ideological indulgence that has wrecked the conservative side.

    If you think it’s ideological indulgence that has wrecked the conservative side, then you ought to be looking forward to an ALP government – because you’re the primary cause of it.

  39. Tim Neilson

    He’s the guy who would have beaten Shorten fairly readily.

    What’s your grounds for saying that, given that the Coalition under Trumble was consistently way further behind Labor than they are now?

  40. Mother Lode

    Who’s Malcolm you ask? He’s the guy who would have beaten Shorten fairly readily.

    Ha ha ha ha ha haaa!

    Trumble inherited (well, usurped) a massive majority. When it came to an election he lost his majority and only held onto government because the Nats picked up a seat – based on Nat, not Liberal policies.

    Then there was the ridiculous re-branding of ‘The Trumble Coition Team’. He really thought people would respond more positively to that than Liberal. Man, was he wrong.

    Add to this that he had to tip in some of his own money to keep the campaign going in the last week.

    But, yeah. He is a winner!

  41. a happy little debunker

    Who’s Malcolm you ask? He’s the guy who would have beaten Shorten fairly readily

    In 2016 Turnbull proved he couldn’t beat Shorten ‘fairly readily’.

    In that election, he scraped over the line by 2 electorates and the skin of his teeth

    This was despite an entire Royal Commission into Union (& Labor) corruption, used to trigger a double dissolution, that Turnbull did not bother campaigning on.

    The man was a political nonce*

    *as in someone who gets repeatedly bashed for his ‘deviancy’.

  42. Real Deal

    Who’s Malcolm you ask? He’s the guy who would have beaten Shorten fairly readily.

    Uh huh…Do you remember 2016, old timer? Turnbull was a lazy and pompous campaigner. Got up late and put his cue in the rack each day by about 3pm or when it was time for he and Lucy to have afternoon tea. He won by one seat that was gifted to him by Daniel Andrews in Victoria. And do you remember his baleful and bitter acceptance speech? Thanking no-one for their help, blaming everyone except himself. He barely beat Shorten last time and showed no inclination of bettering his woeful performance this time.

    Morrison may not win, but they are better placed with him than Malcolm, Julie and Chrissy.

  43. Dr Faustus

    The ‘whether vane’ has certainly shifted. Despite the three seats gifted to Labor by redistribution, the Newspoll time series now suggests the election result lies somewhere between a Shorten Government with a small lower house majority in its own right and a minority Morrison Government propped up by a couple of (Queensland) Indies.

    A big improvement on the 18-21 seat pants-down scenario of last year. Substantially due to Morrison’s trojan campaigning effort – plus the indisputable fact that the whole Labor package comes apart on inspection.

    As in 2016, those polled clearly recognise Awfentic Bill Shorten as a divisive arse, fronting a party promising a world of high-risk stuff over which it has no real control. Also as in 2016, Newspoll likely overestimates the broad appetite for radical change.

    For anyone other than a true believer, it’s hard to imagine Turnbull achieving close to the same result; rising from a leisurely breakfast to put in a couple of languid hours of selfies with the lesser folk – while wryly agreeing with 80% of Labor’s platform.

  44. duncanm

    Who’s Malcolm you ask? He’s the guy who would have beaten Shorten fairly readily.

    .. and in many ways that would be a more disastrous outcome than the ALP winning come Saturday.

  45. Pete of Perth

    Got $10 on Perth going to the libs

  46. J.H.

    Of course the polls are tightening….. The only reason the Liberal Coalition lost 13 seats last election was because of Malcolm Turnbull when the Liberal Base rejected him after he knifed Tony Abbott.

    Now that he has been dumped, most of the Liberal base will come back. Some via their preference votes, most will vote 1 Liberal Party as per the “how to vote” directions. There is no need to punish the Liberal Party anymore, they have done what was asked of them. They dumped Malcontent Turncoat. The healing can begin. 😉

    I think the Coalition will win with a 2 or 3 seat majority…. That’s my hope anyway. The return of the Base will be enough.

  47. Gbees

    “Malcolm, who’s Malcolm?” – don’t worry. The Miserable Ghost & his son are still in the wings trying to create havoc.

  48. Percy Popinjay

    He’s the guy who would have beaten Shorten fairly readily.

    Also responsible for the legendary bleat after his knifing that he’d been dumped “not because they (the gliberals) thought I would lose but because they were worried I would win”.

    Consequently, Waffles Turnbuckle’s glorious record of proven and unrelenting failure remains intact.

  49. Percy Popinjay

    Bluddee hell, that’s what I get for inadvertently attempting to link to a Leak cartoon via the frigging ALPBC.

    Here’s another one that celebrates the unrelenting mediocrity.

  50. Rebel with cause

    Coalition still paying $5.75 for the win. Feels too high. Is there something I am missing? I get that they were hopeless under Turnbull and some voters may feel they need to be punished with years in the wilderness, but what else is going on? Shorten is a terrible campaigner and Labor’s policies are awful.

  51. tgs

    A good sign indeed of whether the Libs are in with a real chance: Key figures attend Lib rally in WA seat of Swan. That’s from The Oz.

    Haha, don’t do this to yourself.

  52. Y

    Evil Party or Other Evil Party. It’s a dilemma.

  53. Squirrel

    The prospect of a cameo appearance on Madam Secretary would help to salve any lingering wounded feelings, wouldn’t it…….

  54. Iampeter

    The many ‘purists’ here who can’t even back the Coalition in this election can take credit for the ideological indulgence that has wrecked the conservative side.

    Ideological indulgence? Conservatives couldn’t find their ideology with both hands.
    The whole issue with conservatism today is that it’s adherents have zero understanding of politics and as a result no policies. So all they do is implement whatever is popular. Which is leftist policies, because leftists actually do have political ideas.

    This is why we laugh at today’s conservatives and all their “boo leftists” nonsense, since Australian conservatives have been more left wing than Labor for decades.
    They just have too much cognitive dissonance to join the dots and realize they are done as a political movement.

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