Over the weekend Malcolm Turnbull went out of his way to celebrate the Islamic festival, Eid. He also promised another $625,000 to fund Muslim-only AFL jobs and a competition open only to Islamic schools.
It’s called diversity.
A short distance away, his right hand man, Christopher Pyne, was telling ‘moderates’ at the ‘Black Hand’ dinner for Liberal wets that they had gained control of the party and would soon be moving to deliver homosexual marriage.
And the ‘conservative’ government was celebrating its success in selling education, electricity and economic policies that all looked, smelled and tasted like they had been formed in the bowels of Labor HQ.
Even if Labor isn’t in government, Turnbull Liberals are delivering Labor policies. All of them.
To top it all off, this is all occurring even though every poll shows that the Liberals are stuffed. They’re not just delivering Labor policies, they’re delivering the Labor Party control of the government as well.
It really is the irony of ironies.
Bill Shorten is likely to become this nation’s next PM because Turnbull is acting just like him.
The only way the Liberals can hope to win the next election is to engage in a self-destructive game known as ‘Assassinate the PM’. It never works but it does keep politicians amused for a while.
The Liberals are also increasingly likely to implode over policies and direction. The truth is that the only thing holding the increasingly divided party together is political self-interest. But with an electoral defeat looming, civil war seems more fun a sham political marriage.
Fireworks are likely.
Meanwhile, Cory Bernardi quietly went about his business today. The Australian Conservatives now have over 10,000 members and have just picked up their fourth MP in four months.
Victorian MP, Rachel Carling-Jenkins, has left the DLP to join Bernardi. She is likely to bring much of the party membership with her and joins Family First and Kirralie Smith (former ALA senate candidate for New South Wales).
As I wrote back in April, Cory Bernardi is uniting conservatives across Australia in a way that no one else can.
This train is steadily gathering speed and heading towards the fractured Liberals.
If Cory times his run right, his train will arrive just as civil war erupts.
This will cause tremendous damage. Not because Cory’s train will knock the Liberals out. But because half the Liberal base will hop on and urge him to leave as fast as he can.
And if that happens, for the first time in a long time, the Labor Party will face real political competition…