The cynical playing to stupidity in this new Liberal Party TV advertisement is somewhat depressing:
But the waste of money this campaign represents is also amusing, since no matter how much Liberal supporters refuse to accept the results of the last one, the next election is still two years away.
Apparently the Liberals are desperate to capitalise for as long as they can on the poor polling the ALP is enduring while it gets the details for the carbon pricing policy sorted out, in the hope that by the time the legislation is enacted and people find out how ridiculous the Coalition’s scaremongering really was, it’ll be too late.
They’re going to have to keep this up for two years, though – and their lies are going to look increasingly silly as reality catches up with them in the meantime. And I don’t share the Liberals’ contempt for the Australian voters, their confidence that we’ll refuse to update our fearful views even when the evidence to the contrary is right before us.
(I hope Labor’s keeping a good record of the Coalition’s present bullshit that it can compare devastatingly against the reality in 2013.)
Or maybe they’re trying to prompt Labor into doing something utterly stupid, like turfing another leader mid-term. As if Labor really could be dumb enough to follow the advice of its enemies… again.
UPDATE: Oh, I see – Abbott does think he can somehow get us to vote now, on the scare campaign, before we even get the detail of the government’s plan:
Mr Abbott will lodge a bill to force the government to a plebiscite on the carbon tax in a move which, if successful, could force Julia Gillard to junk the tax or go to the polls to seek a mandate.
Because of course once the carbon price is in, he’ll be forced to try to scare people about a very non-scary reality. Much easier to kill it now, while voters are fearful of a plan they’ve not yet seen, but that they have been told by the most powerful media organisation in the country WILL DESTROY US ALL.
PS I don’t recall Tony supporting a plebiscite on WorkChoices before the Liberals passed that legislation.