I’ve been feeling less and less able to to support the Liberal Party for some time. I’ve reached the point where I find I cannot, in all conscience, remain a member.
I was particularly disappointed in Joe Hockey’s attack on the Prime Minister over Christmas. That sort of thing just isn’t necessary in a civilised country.
Then we had the “lovely” Andrew Laming’s recent behaviour, which, as far as I know, has gone without chastisement from his leader.
The Liberal Party’s hypocrisy over the Slipper affair just stunned me.
I can’t support this party with Tony Abbott as leader and clearly I must be the only member who believes he is not Prime Minister material, because no-one else is speaking out!
The Ranjini case is one where the Liberals seem to be awfully silent and they shouldn’t be. Overall, the LNP policies on asylum seekers are not something I can or will support.
An ex-member of the Liberals once called me a LINO – Liberal In Name Only. That person resigned for very similar reasons to mine. I WANT to see the LNP reinvigorated but one person, without a lot of time for meetings anyway, can’t change it and I see little drive within the party to bring about changes. I can’t support it as it is!
Malcolm Fraser, Liberal Prime Minister from 1975 to 1983, resigned from the Liberal Party in 2009 saying, “the party was no longer a liberal party but a conservative party.” I agree: looks, feels and sounds more like the American GOP every day. Mirabella, if you are quoted correctly speaking about Malcolm Fraser, you should hang your head in shame.
Now, I know I have a fair few ALP supporters among my readers. I can see them rubbing their hands with glee as many have said they can’t understand why or how I am a Liberal anyway. They see a conversion looming.
Sorry to disappoint you, guys and gals. Firstly, it is the ALP in power that put us through the trauma that lead to the existence of this website! It is the ALP keeping Ranjini in detention. It is the ALP sending children to Nauru.
I will admit generally the ALP politicians behave in a much more mature manner than their LNP counterparts. MOST of the ALP supporters tend to avoid the rabid, red neck, attack the man style nonsense that I see from LNP supporters way too often. Mind you, lately I’ve seen similar from some ALP supporters. It is what it is.
When I sought assistance from my local representative, an ALP member of parliament, I was ignored.
Yet on Twitter, ALP MPs will actually engage while I don’t think I’ve heard a peep out of a LNP politician!
I’m not here to dissect the behaviour of every MP or the policies of either party. I’d have to write a book to do that and I already have three in the pipeline. I’m simply writing how I feel as an average voter.
If I don’t like the behaviour, I’m not going to be interested in the policies, because the behaviour indicates childishness. Who wants children running the country? I really haven’t seen any LNP policies to consider yet anyway!
I used to say I believed in the fundamental principle of the LNP, individual freedoms, but those seem to not be part of the platform any more! They want to interfere in every aspect of life way too much!
The Greens? Some of their policies I do agree with and I admire that they stick to their guns. However, I do think the Greens can be a little impractical at times.
So, what to do? I’d like to take a bit from each of the three major parties and create what I believe USED to be the old Liberal Party. Yes, all right, you ALP peeps, you will shout me down I know. But you get my drift, don’t you? Yes, you do. 😛
I don’t have the money to start a new party. Some new party asked me to join the other day until I pointed out I was married to an asylum seeker and they ran away very quickly! 😆
I’ll be a swinging voter for a while – IF I vote at all! Derek Macpherson recently wrote (in a comment on this site) that if our politicians aren’t careful, there will be yet another hung parliament as that is the people protesting about the quality of their politicians. He may very well be right. Problem is, if we don’t vote, we get the politicians other people voted for!
Put the country first would be a good motto for some politicians to think about adopting.
Oh, come on – 775 words is more than enough on this topic. You can rip each other to shreds in the comments – go for it!