Ken Parish at Club Troppo has a round-up of reactions to Thomson’s speech to Parliament on Monday: general opinion seems to be that his performance fell short of any sort of ringing vindication, but that he didn’t actually shoot himself in the foot either. In any case, the Opposition posturing is pointless – none of them would give up their seat until and unless their day in court went against them, and nobody really expects Thomson to do so without due process either. Their Shocked! Shocked I Tell You! soundbites are just theatricals.
But of course these events aren’t really about removing Thomson from Parliament, however much Tony Abbott may posture to that effect. They’re about prolonging and exacerbating a public aura of chaos and decay around an increasingly punch-drunk Gillard government, so that its reputation with the electorate remains at historic lows through until next year’s election. And you’d have to give short odds on Abbott continuing to succeed in that aim, absent enough ALP pollies mustering the intestinal fortitude to eat a KRudd sandwich, however nauseating, in the interest of their own political survival.
So what else is going on in Canberra? Or the state capitals? Or your local council? Are they all on the austerity bandwagon, having drunk the Austrian Kool-Aid like the Dems in the USA?
Today the official Twitter account of the Democratic Party proudly retweeted, and Democratic operatives proudly passed around a Marketwatch story that finds that federal spending in the Obama era has experienced the smallest growth in real dollars in 60 years. The Dems still don’t seem to get that this means they’ve doomed the economy to slower growth and left millions unemployed.
Or is something progressive/constructive actually going on in your part of the world?
The Opposition in Canberra is also going on about how the Gillard govt won’t be able to deliver the surplus promised in the last Budget. To which I say good, and they shouldn’t even have tried. Please build better roads and railways and hospitals and schools – keep people employed and keep on building the future: stop apologising for it! Ensuring that workers have money to spend is, after all, also the best possible way to keep money circulating which is what, in the end, keeps the economy rolling along.