What do you call a politician who does not understand politics?

What do you call a politician who does not understand politics?  The same thing as an economist who does not understand economics.  And that is, Dr Andrew Leigh.

Fair dinkum.  How did he get his PhD?  And from Harvard.  It gives additional credence to that old line from William F. Buckley Jr:

I am obliged to confess I should sooner live in a society governed by the first two thousand names in the Boston telephone directory than in a society governed by the two thousand faculty members of Harvard University.

Below is his latest contribution from Twitter.  A contribution that demonstrates that rather than leave people in doubt, Dr Leigh wants to open his mouth and prove he is a fool.

Dr Leigh.  Oh Dr Leigh.  The ALP did not get 49% of the vote.  The ALP got 33% of the vote.  A rather large variation.  Not of the magnitude of the difference between a Swan budget surplus and a Swam budget result, but still material..

The 49% is from preferences, mostly from the Greens. and not something to be proud of.

You’d think that with all the ignorance emanating from Dr Leigh, that he was running for the leadership of the Parliamentary Labor Party.  Or at least for Shadow Treasurer.

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32 Responses to What do you call a politician who does not understand politics?

  1. stackja

    What do you call a politician who does not understand politics?

    ALP MP?

  2. Beachcomber

    Nosferatu will be Labor’s ideal Shadow Treasure or Finance Minister.

  3. Reminds me of the little boy in the middle putting his arm u; “Pick me, pick me, pick me!”

    Perhaps he’ll get a guernsey and reveal himself to be a classical liberal to make our own Prof. Davidson’s heart proud.

  4. Dr Fred Lenin

    He is an ideal person to run the union party into the grave ,like ole doc evatt the communist did years ago , ,he was dripping with uni “degrees” too . As for Harvard ,didnt georgie bush two go there ? And he couldnt say noocleer, a egree from there could be a burden rather than an assett, oh and that union thief Thompson I think he went there too .
    Question ,why you need more than one degree ? Werent you good at the first one?

  5. A party of ideas?
    It’s a party of delusional self intoxicants.

  6. Leo G

    I think the 49 per cent of Australians who voted Labor would want us to stick to our values.

    The other 51 per cent of ALP voters want to give you stick over those values.

  7. Leo G

    The ALP election motto should accordingly have been: “This is a stick up!

  8. Cynic of Ayr

    I didn’t watch the ABC – never do. I was watching Sky.
    But on Saturday night, on the ABC, I am told that Penny Wong’s face draining exhibition was a sight to behold!
    YouTube address, anyone?
    I’ll say please…

  9. Tintarella di Luna

    The party of ideas — yeah sure bad ideas – what a dolt

  10. Nato

    You call her a pseudonymous contributor to a blog.
    What would a parliamentarian know about politics? Pffft that Leigh MP poser!

  11. Values? The Labor Party used to have values, now they just have feelings.

  12. JohnL

    This may be of the topic but I will try.
    I did hear on the ABC (it must be true) that Scomo and Frydenburg are putting pressure on the Reserve Bank governor to lover the interest rates at the next meeting, in order to bring down the $AU.
    I am not an economist and don’t quite understand how fiscal or monetary stimulus does stimulate the economy.
    (I know how does Say’s law work only because I have seen it working in practice in Vietnam, in Thailand and other Asian countries, and recently on the trip to the US.)
    At the moment, the $AU is at 10 years lowest.
    So could someone please explain how the lowering of $AU, which is already at 10 years low, will stimulate the economy – in Australia.

  13. cuckoo

    Yes, I’m sure all the imported third world voteherds voted ALP solely for their ideas and values.

  14. Leo G

    Values? The Labor Party used to have values, now they just have feelings.

    Feeling for valuables.

  15. Robbo

    Leigh is an academic, he lives in Canberra and he is a Labor Party MP. and now you want him to be politically smart. Isn’t that asking too much?

  16. amortiser

    ALP values are your valuables.

  17. Mother Lode

    What do you call a politician who does not understand politics?

    Easy.

    A politician.

  18. Bruce of Newcastle

    Labor won’t retreat from being the party of ideas.

    Yep, that’s the Labor Party alright – the party of stupid ideas.

  19. min

    Ideas, according to Jordan Peterson, have little value unless they are thought through, critically analysed, argued for and against and that means thinking through the consequences. unfortunately Labor came up with the ideas but without the critical analysis required.

  20. bollux

    He may have been a North American indian like Elizabeth Warren.

  21. Confused Old Misfit

    So could someone please explain how the lowering of $AU, which is already at 10 years low, will stimulate the economy – in Australia.

    It makes our exports less expensive. Think minerals and agricultural products since we essentially have no export scale manufacturing industries.
    The theory is that a lower value of the AUD sells more goods/services that therefore increases demand that increases employment.
    Increased employment means more dollars circulating in local markets leading to a requirement for more local manufacture to compete against imports which are now proportionately more costly than they would be with a high AUD.
    I stand to be corrected by the more erudite economists that infest this blog!

  22. Nob

    Confused: at first I read that “it makes our experts less expensive”. If only.

    Commodities are priced in us$ so just the local costs of extraction go down with the au$.

    They’re still about the highest in the world though.

  23. Confused Old Misfit

    They’re still about the highest in the world though.

    Thank our environmentally sensitive governments for that. When one considers the length of time it takes to get a project up due to regulatory compliance there are a lot of costs to be recovered.
    Of course, with little to no manufacturing in this country most equipment for producing exportable commodities has to be imported so this reduces the effect of the lower AUD.
    Can we even produce a steel shed? Completely from iron ore through to construction?

  24. So could someone please explain how the lowering of $AU, which is already at 10 years low, will stimulate the economy – in Australia.

    It’s not about exports/imports. Everything else equal, the exchange rate will adjust. Yes commodities are priced in USD, but education and tourism (our other exports) are in AUD.

    The cut to interest rates are about punishing savers for having the temerity of not spending and relieving borrower of some of the pain so that they can spend more and borrow some more. Basically, debt slavery.

    And whilst Australia interest rates are at record lows (with record levels of debt to go with), interest rates are not yet quasi-permanently negative as they are in Europe.

    This is why the RBA and the Gov want to get rid of cash – they want to have the ability to have negative interest rates. With cash you can take it out of the bank and put it under the bed. Not so lucky in a cash less economy.

    TAFKAS has made several posts about the destructive conduct of central banks.

  25. miltonf

    Buckley’s quote is def a keeper. Right on the mark.

  26. Rob MW

    “I won’t retreat from being the party of ideas”

    Michael Faraday had the greatest of ideas for a modern world; however, Leigh’s party of ideas subscribes to destroying Faraday’s ideas. Trying to make a consensus of bullshit into a party of ideas is the tortured bias of a tax eating tool.

  27. Jessie

    Speaking of Harvard and economists

    The plethora of early papers (1970s) informing The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development*, fraught with errors of magnitude, and which is still burbling along, especially those great plains.

    Seem to have been lifted, ideology and all by our own ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR). And the same errors of magnitude applied. That is methodological and statistical, informing policy and thus expenditure, or the other way around.

    *which I have never read or found have been analysed for inconsistencies.

  28. Confused Old Misfit

    JohnL
    #3022643, posted on May 22, 2019 at 3:55 pm

    As you can see, like a relationship with a woman.
    It’s complicated.

  29. bespoke

    I respect a party of values not the do/say all it takes to get elected ALP/LNP.

  30. Iampeter

    What do you call a politician who does not understand politics?

    A conservative.

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