Buyers’ remorse

Quick question: who voted for Labor last time but the Coalition this time? I’d be fascinated to hear your rationale.

PS: It’s okay, you can use a pseudonym – I understand if you’re feeling a bit of buyer’s remorse this morning.

UPDATE (Sunday evening): Ah, no-one’s admitting it. I can’t say I blame you. (I mean, for being quiet about it. I certainly blame you for putting the rest of us at the mercy of the damn right-wingers again.)

8 responses to “Buyers’ remorse

  1. Pingback: Go ahead and complain, please | An Onymous Lefty

  2. Splatterbottom

    It will be interesting to see if Victorians come to regret electing the coalition. However, it seems that as the Greens get more power and influence people are looking a lot harder at them. Less people will support the Greens once they get a taste of the rotten red fruit inside the pretty green watermelon. A few populist green policies cannot mask the socialist stench within.

    While the Greens may have had a respectable role as a repository for protest votes the closer they get to power the more dangerous they look. Reincarnated communists are not going to impress people as an alternative government.

  3. Thread-shit much? Try turning the record over. We’ve heard this side already many times and it’s very boring now.

  4. Lefty – I’ll have a crack at an honest answer to your question (as someone who has considered switching votes from Green/Labor to Liberal several times).

    As you know I am ideologically Left-wing, but ideology is not the only motivator for me when it comes to voting. There are a number of other factors that can push my vote towards an ideologically opposite party (and I assume that others will be subject to similar motivations):

    1. Competence/Capability: I’ll vote for a Liberal government if I believe the Labor/Green alternative is incompetent or otherwise incapable of governing effectively (even if I believe that Labor/the Greens have better policies).

    2. Management ability: I’ll vote Liberal if I believe they will manage their programs more effectively and with greater success than Labor/the Greens (even if Labor/the Greens have better policy)

    3. Corruption: I’ll do anything to rid government of the stench of corruption and self-interest.

    I would warrant a guess that most of those who switched their vote in the Vic election would have been doing so due to a combination of points 1 and 2 above. It seems unlikely that those swingers would have changed their fundamental world-view.

    By contrast, most NSW voters in the upcoming election will be changing their votes due to a combination of 2 and 3.

  5. Thanks for that, interesting thoughts.

    Personally, I’d rather a government that did nothing than one that made things worse, so I’d tend to pick incompetence over destruction.

  6. mondo rock – forgive me, but I’m a little skeptical about your criteria:

    Are you saying that a Coalition government that efficiently and competently exercises it’s idealogical compulsion to axe public service jobs and cut health/education funding, as well as accept donations from tobacco companies, will get your vote?

  7. Hi Jimmy.

    Possibly, if I decide that I believe the successful implementation of those policies will lead to a better outcome for Australia than the bungled implementation of alternate policies.

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