There are 2 writers that TAFKAS tries to almost always read – Troy Bramston in the Oz and Aaron Patrick in the AFR. This does not mean TAFKAS always agrees, but in his opinion they usually offer quality insights.
Separately, Bramston and Patrick have been writing about the issues within the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party and their criticisms (oversimplification) are that the ALP’s problems are the leader (per Bramston) or that the ALP’s problems are the policies (per Patrick).
In TAFKAS’ opinion, they are both right. Both the ALP leader and the ALP’s policies are crap. Unimaginative, recycled, repeatedly failed. But the bad leadership and bad policies are not the core problem. They are a symptom. The core problem is that the Federal Parliamentary party is populated by proven failures, long past their used by date. Albanese. Plibersek. Dreyfus. Fitzgibbon. Burke. Keneally. Clare. Bowen. O’Connor. Shorten.
With the exception of Dreyfus, these are all professional politicians who have had no substantive career experience outside politics.
Yes. The very same can be said about the LNP. But this is where TAFKAS’ interest lies.
Our political system requires a well functioning opposition to keep the government to account. And because the current opposition is a many times reheated failed policy and personnel soup, the LNP government can continue to be the unimaginative, cowardly seat warmers that they continue to be.
If you offer a starving man a choice between an a week old moldy sandwich or a plate of canine excrement, chances are he will take the moldy sandwich. And this sadly is the choice offered to Australia. A moldy sandwich government that offers this from its leader:
Scott Morrison has conceded he has no legal powers to override state leaders closing their borders for health reasons, amid growing frustration among Victorians locked out of their home state and stranded in NSW.
Come on ALP. Lift your game. Clean your house. And if you do by some miracle get into government, perhaps this might force the LNP to lift its game. It was many years in the wilderness that brought Bob Hawke and many years in the wilderness that brought John Howard. Yes. These were at the price of Keating as PM and the later years of Howard, but still.