More effective advocacy

I’m a bit annoyed with myself, actually. Although I spent ten hours in the rain yesterday handing out Greens HTVs, I didn’t point out anything particularly useful to prospective voters. What I should’ve been saying is things like “What are the Liberals going to cut to pay for their prisons and stamp duty promises?” and “Annoyed with Labor over poor public transport? Let them know by voting Green – the Libs are even worse!

Sod the environment – there were much punchier things we needed to be arguing.

The infuriating thing is that Labor did run a negative campaign – but on irrelevant stupid crap like Baillieu’s background. They should’ve run one on the late costings, and the piss-poor explanation the Liberals have given for how they’re going to fund their terrible policies. Far too many people appear to have voted Liberal without thinking about that.

Fellow Victorians, prepare for serious pain if the News Ltd party – disingenuous election-day editorial notwithstanding, the Libs owe a lot to Rupert for four years of utter bullshit about the state of Victoria – gets over the line.

3 responses to “More effective advocacy

  1. Jeremy, there are plenty of good reasons for lefties not to want a Liberal government, but where do you get the idea that the Libs’ transport policies are actually worse than Labor’s?

    The Libs have promised to fix up the management of public transport, they’ll buy more trains than Labor will, and it certainly looks like there’s a much better chance of actually getting some suburban rail extensions built under the Libs than under the ALP. Meanwhile the Libs are at least noncommittal on some of the big roads the ALP has pledged to build, such as the North East link.

    At any rate, that’s why the PTUA decided to score the Libs with a B while Labor got a C. Neither are as good as the Greens, but the Libs do actually have an edge here.

    Come on, there’s got to be at least some good news out of this election result…. 🙂

  2. We’ll see, I guess. Their record isn’t good.

    Still, if Baillieu does win, and “fixes” public transport between now and the next election, then that’ll be something. It won’t make up for all the other disastrous things he wants to do, but it’d be one positive.

  3. If the Libs’ public transport plan does turn out to, contrary to their entire party philosophy, result in building much-needed infrastructure poorly-served areas, then maybe it would’ve been better to say:

    ““Annoyed with Labor over poor public services? Let them know by voting Green – the Libs will be even worse!“”

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