November Musings: This Week At The Red And The Blue

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.



6 thoughts on “November Musings: This Week At The Red And The Blue

  1. So Yale are you going to talk about why people should vote for the liberals instead of bagging the labor party and Palmer and anyone else you don’t agree with.

    Tell us what is so good about the liberal governments? What are their vision for Australia or the State which they are governing in?

    • Hi John, perhaps you could kick that particular discussion off by explaining what the Liberals’ opponents are offering by way of a constructive platform too, and what other reason there is to vote for them apart from the fact they spend their time in opposition causing infantile political trouble whilst advancing no tangible policy positions of their own?

    • If you vote Labor, you will get more of the governing style of KRudd and Gillard. Abbott’s worst day is 100% better than the best day of recent ALP/Greens governments. The reason for this is the trash that serves on the ALP/Greens benches. Almost 100% unionists lacking in life skills other than organising strikes. So called economic illiterates whose only experience with cash is collecting morning tea money for the morno’s pie run.

      Do you really think the country is ready for the likes of the intellectually challenged Wayne Swan, a man who sometimes has the pull string hanging out his back for activation of short, inane sentences, “there will be a budget surplus.” I hear that old Wayney poo was a non animated extra in Toy Story – a stand in for Woody. Of course his fluffed lines would be dubbed.

      Bill “Steak Knives’ Shorten, a highly skilled knife thrower in the Office of Prime Minister. God help us. Tanya Pleb-in-a-sack, more left than Stalin. What a laughing stock if she ever made it to the world stage and opened her ill informed gob. Again, God help us.

      Aside from all or the above, (which doesn’t answer your question, but was fun to write), hell shall freeze over before I ever vote for this current crop of opposition bench oxygen thieves. If you bring back parliamentarians of the standard of the second mid term Hawke government, you may have dignity, but until then, the ALP are full of incompetent Green leaning puppets.

    • Well John, we could always follow the ALP/ Greens line and go back to the trees.

      Sorry mate, but I read a few of your posts on your site and they are so far from reality that you couldn’t find it with a ouija board and a starmap. India and China turning away from coal? Closing down coal fired stations?

      Why not tell people the full facts instead of lying by omission? China is closing down the old, small, dirty coal fired power stations because they are opening brand spanking new, extremely large, cleaner coal fired power stations. India has plans to build some 480 coal powered stations in the near future and China somewhere near 1,000.

      As for wind and solar, what a waste of money and effort. The Chinese know this and if you had looked at the stats then you would too. China gets roughly 25% of it’s power from renewables, which is great, but 75% of that figure comes from hydro. Wind and solar together make up just 1/4 of 1/4 of China’s power generation, that’s about 6%. But they need to at least quadruple the total amount of power generated to service their people, have you worked out how many million wind towers that would take?

      800 million people have no access to clean water on this planet. 2.3 Billion have little or no access to electricity. 2.4 Billion have no access to proper sanitation. Lord only knows how many don’t have access to decent health facilities. Heading towards 2100 they intend to have them and that will take large scale dams as well as coal and nuclear plants to provide the power that allows for hospitals and lights and toilets and clean water.

      If all of Europe (including Russia) could ship all their generated electricity to India it wouldn’t be enough to provide lights in every house.

      You’d better get used to the reality that there is nothing that will stop the rise in CO2 (not that it really matters). To stop the rise you will have to deindustrialise the West and prevent the second and third worlds from ever developing. Aside from the morality of forcing people to live in squalour and poverty there is the simple fact that it can’t be done. They have nukes too and I doubt that they will be worried about using them.

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