Thanks again Brendan

I don’t know how he does it, but whenever there seems to be anything difficult facing us as a government Brendan Nelson swoops in and rescues us. The last few days have been a little tense with speculation growing as to who will be the winners and losers in our first budget, but Brendan has swept that all aside today by uttering The M Word.

Yes it seems that a Liberal Party – National Party merger is on the cards again. I couldn’t have timed it better if I’d personally been directing Dr Nelson’s press secretary. What this is essentially about, is the Liberal Party trying desperately to grab members and resources before the Nats disappear into political oblivion. While on the face of it this is a good idea, after all that Nationals haven’t said no to the Libs over anything since the 70’s, when you drill down it’s a potential disaster for both parties.

There are two issues that complicate this issue. The first is that the grassroots members of each party hold each other in disdain, they see the Coalition as a necessary evil to keep us out of power and would find it hard to work within a united party.

The second problem that they have is that the State branches are in such differing conditions. In my home state of Queensland the Liberal Party was essentially destroyed during the Joh years, meaning that the Nats continue to be the senior Coalition partner, something they would loathe relinquishing. In Victoria the parties hate each other so much that they’ve only recently formed a coalition again, having been independent since Kennett was kicked out. There’s no way these states are going to conform to some model proposed by the Federal parties.

This is before you throw the ‘Barnaby Factor’ into the mix, we’ve already seen how effective the new leadership is, so how Mr 7 per cent thinks he can pull off a major structural change to the parties is beyond me. The important thing from my perspective is that they keep talking about it. There’s nothing like having a sideshow keeping the hacks entertained while you go about actually achieving things in government.


3 responses to “Thanks again Brendan

  1. G’day Kev,

    I’m a first time commenter and long time fan.

    This biggest problem with the merger, as I see it, is that all of the hardline Nat supporters will set up a new country party that will challenge both the Nats and Libs seats and with you been a PM for every Aussie rather than just the ignorant, you will be able annunciate what is really the case – that your policies are much closer to the original National Party Policies than those of the Coalition. You may be the best friend of a new country party.

  2. Thanks for your comment Lee. You are right when you say that I am governing for every Aussie and I have no doubt that at the next election rural voters will be drawn the positive messages of Kevin11. I don’t want to appear overconfident, but the National Party is dead no matter what they do.

  3. Kevin, Nice of you to reply so quickly- considering that it’s not Friday you must be very busy. Speaking of the Nats being dead, has there been a politician that looks more like a deadman walking than the Nightwatchman? Do you miss having someone to put the boot into like Sir John Howard. I’d be interested to see your Dear Diary entry on his “I’ll just stand over here on the otherside of the Pacific and foster australia /US relations by telling them how crap the current Oz government is” speech.

    Keep up the good work.

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