IN A LULL THIS WEEK before a busy push into Christmas, The Red And The Blue will be covering some topics flagged in the past few weeks, others becoming timely, and others that deserve no less than the proverbial “special mention” as they relate to politics and associated issues. Tonight’s episode of the ABC’s loathsome #QandA show will form a backdrop of sorts: either as a talking point in its own right, or a farce to be ignored.
Readers will, I trust, forgive the latest incursion of daily life into the ability to maintain a regular series of articles in this space; as ever, each lull in our conversation is temporary, and I have always been upfront that this column is very much something I do in my spare time — and that other events must take precedence.
Even so, it’s that “one day in November” today: the day before the Melbourne Cup, and the day Victorian opposition leader Daniel Andrews would be advocating as a public holiday (in Victoria at least) if it weren’t for the fact his idea of being Premier of Victoria is predicated almost exclusively on juvenile stunts, the antics of a student university “politician,” and the ongoing accommodation of the violent and militant CFMEU at the heart of Victorian Labor.
It means (irrespective of anything the cretin Andrews might champion) that I will have a little more time, in the next couple of days at least, to post here; and perhaps unsurprisingly the Victorian state election — now less than four weeks away — is near the top of the list of topics to discuss.
Will the polls, indicating a reasonably comfortable Labor win over a first-term Coalition government, prove right? Or will common sense win out, and a Labor leader who is perhaps the least suitable candidate presented as leader to an electorate by either major party in at least a decade be forced to deliver the humiliating concession speech he deserves to make on 29 November? Time will tell, and we will be discussing it here in much closer detail as the election draws closer.
But starting tonight (in the shadow of the ABC’s #QandA programme — itself either a talking point in its own right or something to be ignored, with its doctrinaire emphasis on hard socialism and its stacked panels facing selectively screened “questions”) I do intend to renew our conversation.
This week we will start to home in more closely on the reform topics I have flagged, some of which we have already begun to touch on and others awaiting exploration: and by virtue of events, the GST seems the likely place to begin.
We’ll talk about women in politics, and a worthy idea from Tony Abbott’s chief of staff to begin a support structure for women in conservative politics: a group the sisterhood of the Left, with its hypocritical ranting about misogyny and the rights of women, treats with the same contempt it reserves for men.
We’ll talk about the state of federal politics, and with Newspoll due it could make for an interesting feature; even Fairfax’s Ipsos poll this morning is showing the federal Coalition almost even with Labor again (although I take issue with its numbers generally) and I do feel it is simply a matter of time before the polls more broadly put the federal Liberals back in front. Can they stay there when they do?
And of course, as much as anyone can plan, events simply happen; and so, provided my free time remains free this month, there will be plenty more to discuss as we head into the silly season.
I will be back to post again this evening — one way or another — before or after the weekly spectacle that is #QandA.
Oh, and in case I omit this detail later, a tip for the Melbourne Cup (from usually reliable sources) tells me that you can’t go past the Japanese horse (whatever its name is) when the barrier opens at Flemington tomorrow. That said, I wouldn’t know the difference between Phar Lap and some old nag, so how much credence anyone finds in this advice is their own responsibility…
See you all later on tonight.