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Liberal Strategists Should Start Thinking Post ScoMo & Gladys

The unseemly celebrations from Liberal hacks over ScoMo's recent NewsPoll's ratings weren't just tasteless, they were short-sighted.

The NSW Liberals destroy themselves along with the nation

You had to prove what we all knew. That at heart our rulers are exactly the self-serving, careerist status-hounds you told us you weren’t.

It’s not just the Liberals. It’s the political class.

Articles about personal or intra-party spats write themselves. Take a longer and broader view, however, and what we see is the bipartisan breakdown of political class legitimacy

Liberal Party Councils Provoke Giggles Again

In the interests of transparency, Councils should be held in a restaurant with a lounge attached (and perhaps a back room or two). That way the real business of boozing, gladhanding, number crunching and building ever closer relations with party members of the appropriate sex could occur without the distraction of meeting procedure.

Liberal Party Membership – Where To Go?

Face it. Joining any political party is like choosing between starvation and eating rotten meat. You make the necessary choice, but that doesn't remove the smell or the lingering bad taste in your mouth. It's the price you pay for engaging beyond hashtags and well-applauded snide remarks at gatherings of humanities graduates.

Selling Liberal Party Membership

The latest membership renewal letter undermines the claim that membership of the Liberal Party is more important than ever. Rather, it reveals just how unimportant it really is.

A New Standard is Barely a Standard

NSW Opposition Leader John Robertson has tried to make a splash with A New Standard, a policy and internal process document designed to address the Obeid/MacDonald/Roozendaal and other assorted stinks hovering over NSW Labor. Assessment: some useful suggested political reforms and token internal process reforms. Traction to reinvigorate NSW Labor brand? Zero.

Where is the liberal in Liberal?

Minister Nick Kotsiras' warning to Geert Wilders is another worrying announcement from a Liberal insider class channelling deeply illiberal intuitions. At bottom, classical liberal institutions, rights and conventions limit authoritarian power, and protect individual autonomy. No government likes that. No political class likes that, regardless of their ostensible labelling. Coalition governments need to beware.

A Big Tent Isn’t Always a Strong Tent

Lurked over an interesting Facebook exchange last night that started me thinking about the range of policy views within the Liberal Party membership. The key comment was that the weakness of the ALP has resulted in more Centre Left  youth moving into the left of the Liberal Party. I’m not sure that it’s true. But […]

Political Class Gets It Wrong Again

The members of the political class control communications and campaigns on both sides of politics. Unless they reform to minimise their isolation and arrogance, they will drive further voter disillusion. The NY Times’ David Brooks  raised this recently. He suggested four metaphors for political campaigns: seduction, talent contest, tradesman’s pitch, and warfare. The hard, negative […]

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