When the left eat their own, buy popcorn

Most of what passes for politics in Australia is an utter snorefest, for a few reasons, not least is the very small pool of talent that thinks to itself, “hmm, what my life needs is the public scrutiny of national politics“. Other countries with larger populations enjoy the availability of more intelligent and capable politicians such as, erm, Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn,

The only really interesting moments in Aussie politics are when the tribes find themselves in internecine conflict. The source of such amusement is often a rude interruption of reality at the intersection of two deeply-held positions that are logically inconsistent.

One current example is the case of the proposed Carmichael coal mine, sometimes referred to by its owner, the Adani Group.

Those on the left are faced with a navigational conundrum; find a safe passage between jobs for their blue collar “base” and the all-powerful global religion of climate change.

The tofu-eating effeminates in the gentrified areas of Australia’s cities will be forced to virtue signal by voting Green if Labor show too much support for the mine while the burger-eating bogans in the rural areas set to benefit most from the new jobs will vote for any number of other parties if the support isn’t sincere enough.

The blogger and journalist, Tim Blair, summarises the leader of the opposition’s amusing bind and hilarious procrastination here. Bodes well for a decisive future Prime Minister, doesn’t it?

But then, we shouldn’t be surprised as he has a public track record of avoiding taking a position on anything as this bizarre exchange from a few years ago illustrates:

One of the most powerful forces on the side of the pro-Adani lobby is the unlikely-looking union bully, Sally McManus, a woman who never knowingly let her face register pleasure or delight:

One suspects the word “compromise” is not highlighted in her dictionary. “Frivolity” and “joviality“, also.

Bill is going to be providing those of us with a desire to see the world burn with huge amusement over the next few weeks.

Bill’s Opinion

As people as diverse as Scott Adams and Bill Gates are loudly pointing out, we have a solution to climate change already.

It doesn’t even matter whether you believe climate change is a problem either; there’s enough people in the world who do and are prepared to cripple the economy to combat it. We need to find a way to satisfy their desires whilst not killing the capitalism golden goose responsible for the modern miracles we’ve had in the last two centuries.

The answer is Generation IV nuclear energy.

Great news for Australians; you’ve got domestic deposits of uranium so could be completely self-sufficient in producing all the dirt cheap domestic energetic you’ll ever need.

Bad news for Australians; the only politician talking about it is Clive Palmer, guaranteeing it will remain outside of the mainstream political discussion for the foreseeable future.

5 Replies to “When the left eat their own, buy popcorn”

  1. In yet another case of private actions not being consistent with public words;

    My home was robocalled Three times last night by the CFMEU.
    The spiel was that several politicians have refused to sign their pro-coal mining pledge.
    “… and the name of that politician who refuses to support the coal mining industry, and has refused to sign our pledge, is [insert name of various sitting LNP MHRs in coal seats])”

    George Christiansen & Ken O’Dowd were the two named in various calls to my house.

    The CFMEU has never intended to hold the ALP to account over mining jobs.
    (note: the opinions of the membership may vary from that of the union executive)

    1. Interesting. So, if Shorten can keep a buttock either side of the fence until the election, he’s home and hosed…. until the CFMEU come calling for their Danegeld.

  2. As an aside;

    In comments under your Tim Blair link, someone mentions the extreme state subsidies to news media in Norway, and how that is working out for diversity of thought.

    An example given is the newspaper “Dagsavisen”, which sells 20,000 copies per year, yet receives $5 million in state subsidies.
    .. off the back of my envelope that is;
    65 copies sold per day.
    Subsidies amount to $250 for every copy sold.

    The wikipedia page on that newspaper includes a sentence noting that the paper would face “drastic problems” were the state subsidy to end.

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