Treat the voters like mugs

I don’t mean to pick on Tony Abbott specifically, but he keeps giving me such great ammunition. Today’s column draws a contrast between the federal government – which risks losing the next election – and the NSW state government, which everyone expects will win.

This is odd because some of John Howard’s fiercest critics admit (through gritted teeth) he has been an accomplished prime minister. In contrast, no one has a good word to say about the NSW Labor Government, which has “more to do” even by its own admission.

Accomplished slimebag and weasel politician, more like.

After detailing the many failings on the NSW government – in which he is as uncharitable as he is unreasonably generous to John Howard and his band of thugs – he concludes:

If a 12-year-old Government with a leader charitably described as a likeable lightweight can survive under these circumstances, every bad government will conclude you can treat voters like mugs and get away with it.

Well why wouldn’t they, Tony? Your lot have been getting away with it for almost as long.

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One thought on “Treat the voters like mugs

  1. Funny(er) and (more) incisive commentary from Dom Knight , darn it.

    A Coalition minister is advocating that people vote for the Coalition on March 26? Astonishing. It must have taken him ages to weigh up the relative merits of both parties, and come to that conclusion. And really, I haven’t had such a big shock since I read that an ABC presenter was going to run for Labor in the Federal election.

    Some of the arguments Abbott marshals to argue this are a little weak – it’s a bit far-fetched to conclude that voters should have resolved to turf out the Iemma Government because it stuffed up the visit of those ships last week, and a few people got accidentally stuck in a park. Probably better to lock people in a park by accident than to lock workers out of the docks by choice, as the Howard Government did a little way down the road during the waterfront dispute of 1998.

    The Carr Government’s legacy after its decade in power is thin indeed, and seemed to largely revolve around handing large parts of the State over to Macquarie Bank, including, ultimately, the former Premier himself.

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