I’d just like to congratulate the almost 40% of Tasmanian voters who voted for the ALP, the official petulant refuse-to-participate party of 2010. Says their preferred leader, the man whose promise to advocate for their interests in parliament those 132,000 Tasmanians apparently believed when they entrusted his party with their vote, rejected Premier David Bartlett:
Labor leader David Bartlett has still not conceded defeat but again ruled out negotiating with the Greens or governing with less votes or seats. He has made it clear that if the number of seats is tied and the Liberals have more votes, they should govern.
“I won’t be approaching the Greens,” Mr Bartlett said. “I guarantee you that I’ll stick to my commitment.”
I will sit in the corner with my 40% of members of parliament and sulk. We will snipe at anything the new government tries to do. We will not participate. We will act like spoilt children who have not got their way. We will do nothing to advocate for our voters or their interests.
And then, when our constant sabotaging causes real problems for the other two minority parties that are trying to govern, as we were all elected to do, we will cry to the Tasmanian people “told you so!” and demand that they give us majority control again. Because we are entitled to it.