EVEN within his oeuvre of dogmatic expediency, Paul Kelly’s Weekend Australian column is one of the most rambling, confusing and amoral I’ve read. The topic is the Morrison government and Net Zero, which we should start referring to as Year Zero given how closely it resembles the clean slate catastrophism of Pol Pot. In turns congratulatory and condemnatory, the tone is either told-you-so snippy or Dark Night of the Soul quietistic; I can’t work out which. Perhaps confounding himself in the voluminous telling, the Editor-at-Large eventually leans on a classic:
Morrison moved to net zero not to save the planet but to save Australia’s economy from serious investor harm. The accusations of betrayal against him from the more populist conservatives must prompt the question: how will helping Labor into office advance your cause?
There it blows: Labor Would Be Worse. How will helping the LNP into office advance your cause? Because the incumbents are not interested in any of the following: sovereignty over “investor” climate gamblers, freedom of speech, religious liberty, privacy, medical autonomy, fiscal non-communism, the honouring of war heroes, the expulsion of woke quislings from the ADF, the unapologetic development and use of our abundant, clean and reliable fuel resources. Etc. Today’s “centre right” is broadly equivalent to the hard left of ten years ago. Many so-called conservatives are starting to play a longer game in which nudging via minor party sabotage may force the spectrum correction without which this country will crash on the Uniparty’s watch.