Will the Libs stick with Abbott towards Election Oblivion?
There is a remarkable unhinging taking place in the Liberal Party right now and it extends to its fractious relationship with the Nationals.
Despite the Tony Abbott’s public bravado, cracks are appearing with the ranks of the LNP and spilling over into the public domain as the reality sinks in that the LNP is heading for an electoral annihilation sometime within the next 18 months.
Although the date is yet to be set, consistent polling shows that Labor would romp home if an election were to be held anytime during the past 14 months. The writing’s on the wall for the Abbott government and it’s not going to be pretty.
Despite promising to “end the age of entitlement” and bring the budget back to surplus within its first term of office and every year thereafter, the Abbott government has presided over a period of a burgeoning budget deficit with no end in side for what Treasury calls “decades to come.”
By almost any measure this government has been a failure of unprecedented scale. Pre-election promises not to slash funding for the ABC, SBS, health and education were dumped as soon as they came into power with a fervent disregard towards the public outrage that followed.
The manufacturing industry has collapsed and Abbott’s self-proclaimed title to be “The Infrastructure PM” has seen him preside over a falling investment in infrastructure spending.
Some within the ranks of the born-to-rule mob now find themselves in the unenviable position of considering their respective futures beyond the next election with an impatient public becoming increasingly disillusioned over the Abbott government’s backward position on issues from marriage equality and renewable energy.
Recently, Joe Hockey declared that the Liberal Party “could not be bought” presumably as it has already been sold to the mining industry on a no returns no refund basis.
Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce has been well and truly shafted by the Libs and is now just a walking talking shell of man.
The Bronwyn Bishop scandal has taken a life of its own, so much so that she has becoming a living caricature of the arrogance and born to rule mentality that so accurately characterises the Liberal psyche.
Abbott hoped to pin his hopes on issues of national security and fear mongering over terrorists and asylum seekers but even then, the public can only be bludgeoned over the head with that hysterical rhetoric so many times before it just becomes blasé.
No, it’s all over for Tony Abbott, and the Libs are now beginning to realise they missed the opportunity to oust him when the chance arose earlier in the year.
The question remains as to whether they’ll have the gumption to come close to a challenge again, but with Labor showing no signs of losing its election winning lead, many within the LNP must be becoming increasingly anxious.