Nigel Nails It

DESCRIBED by her as the “controversial and outspoken conservative commentator” – just “Nigel Farage” would do – the Brexit hero and broadcaster who made MEP muppets seethe with truth-triggered rage has given The Australian’s Rosie Lewis an exclusive about the state and direction of the Liberal Party ahead of his speaking tour and CPAC booking in Sydney next week. Lewis rightly leads with the former UK Independence Party leader’s insistence that seats lost to the Teals at the May federal election should be written off. “Those electorates are gone. They’re not coming back to the Australian Liberal Party,” he says. Farage argues Scott Morrison lost by pandering to net zero loonies and lockdown thugs. The best way forward for Peter Dutton and the Coalition is to cultivate ambitious skilled and semi-skilled workers more interested in a secure future for themselves and their families than they are in grievances and identity-tripe. Opposition MPs should read Lewis’s article in full. Listening to the line-up at CPAC wouldn’t hurt either.

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18 Responses to Nigel Nails It

  1. C.L. says:

    Liberal seats lost to teals are ‘gone forever’, Nigel Farage says.

    Former Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has declared inner-city seats lost by Liberal MPs to teal independents at the May election are “gone” and the party should forget trying to win them back.

    The controversial and outspoken conservative commentator said Australia was witnessing the end of the two-party political system “to some extent” and the Liberal Party was in danger if it decided to be “Labor lite”.

    Six Liberal MPs in inner-city seats across Sydney, Melbourne and Perth – including former treasurer Josh Frydenberg – lost to teals after the independent candidates pledged stronger action on climate change and a national integrity commission.

    “This is the realignment of left-right politics across the Western world,” Mr Farage told The Weekend Australian ahead of a speaking tour, which culminates in a talk at the Conservative Political Action Conference next weekend.

    “Those electorates are gone. They’re not coming back to the Australian Liberal Party. They are not coming back to the British Conservative Party, they’re not going to vote Republican in the midterms.

    “If the Australian Liberal Party try and pursue that vote in the nice leafy suburbs as it were, I think they’re barking up the wrong tree in every sense.”

    Mr Farage said the Liberals should instead target families and individuals who have traditionally voted Labor and were looking for a political party based on nationhood and national security.

    “The danger for the Liberal Party if they decide to be Labor lite, if they decide to try and go for the teals and please the international community, is there will be more splits than there are already on the right of Australian politics,” he said. “The new people who are conservatives are families who traditionally would have been Labor, much more working class, much more likely to be skilled and semi-skilled workers.”

    His comments will be hotly contested by moderate Liberals, including those who lost their seats to teals and plan to run again. Senior moderate Liberal MP and frontbencher Simon Birmingham has argued the party’s approach on gender, diversity and climate change helped lead to its defeat.

    Mr Farage insisted the Morrison government’s loss was because it stopped being conservative after adopting a net-zero emissions target and “embracing” Covid-19 lockdowns.

    The states were responsible for lockdowns while the federal government controlled Australia’s international border.

    “Morrison’s dash to join the woke capitalists and the international club was profoundly unconservative. The failure to understand I think became obvious as the months went by that the costs of lockdown were far greater than any benefits that could’ve come from it,” Mr Farage said, adding that Australia’s mandatory five-day Covid isolation periods were “absolutely insane”.

    “Australia went so over the top. I thought the effective imprisonment of Novak Djokovic summed up where Australia had got to. Covid-19 is not a threat at the moment of any significant kind at all and it’s about time people wised up.

    “Indeed in Denmark yesterday they stopped all vaccinations for under-50s. Australia is behind the curve on recognising the magnitude of the mistakes we made in dealing with the problem.”

    Health Minister Mark Butler said earlier this week Covid-19 was “still a very substantial risk to the community”, with around 45 families on average losing a loved one each day and immense pressure on the health and hospital systems due to ongoing infection.

    During Mr Farage’s tour he will warn that Western civilisation is under threat externally from China and internally from “woke capitalism”.

    Reflecting on Australian politics, he said one of the Albanese government’s signature election promises to prioritise enshrining a voice to parliament in the Constitution was “incredibly dangerous” and “sounds like a recipe for division and racial disharmony”.

  2. Cassie of Sydney says:

    I’ve just written this on the Oz, it’s still in moderation..

    “The controversial and outspoken conservative commentator”

    Nigel Farage is not “controversial”.

    Secondly, I live in a Teal seat, Wentworth. Farage is right, the Liberals need to look beyond these wealthy and very smug electorates. Whilst I’m not sure all the seats are lost forever to the Teals, because economic downturns can effect votes, the Liberals should never again rely on winning these seats to win government. I regard the unlamented former wet Liberals in these seats, Sharma, Zimmerman, Falinsky and co as a disaster for the Liberals, they were ideological progressive wets who pushed the party to the left on climate change, on religious freedom, on the banning of offshore oil and gas and so on.

    Whilst I mourn the loss of Josh, I care not that Sharma, Falinsky, Zimmerman, and Wilson lost their seats to Teals. Good riddance.”

  3. C.L. says:

    Great minds, Cassie!

    Whilst I mourn the loss of Josh, I care not that Sharma, Falinsky, Zimmerman, and Wilson lost their seats to Teals. Good riddance.

    Yep. I didn’t always agree with Frydenberg but he is a good human being and that’s no small loss to a political party.

  4. Chris M says:

    The controversial and outspoken conservative commentator said Australia was witnessing the end of the two-party political system “to some extent” and the Liberal Party was in danger if it decided to be “Labor lite”.

    We are already way past that point. The only thing controversial is to put it in future tense and to claim ‘to some extent’ it’s a Uniparty.

  5. Chris M says:

    “around 45 families on average losing a loved one each day and immense pressure on the health and hospital systems due to ongoing infection.”

    Should read: “around 45 families on average losing a loved one each day and immense pressure on the health and hospital systems due to ongoing injections.”

  6. Tel says:

    You can say it in fewer words: Labor has abandoned the workers in favour of the union bosses and the public service … Liberal has abandoned small business in favour of the global corporations.

    Both sides don’t care about their base, but they sure keep a close eye on where the donations are coming from. They expect the media and the troll farms to toxify anyone who tries to work around the system, and so far this strategy has worked.

  7. Cassie of Sydney says:

    “Both sides don’t care about their base,”

    Agree but no party spits on its base the way the Liberal Party does.

  8. Foo Fighter says:

    I’m sure this makes people feel good. But the reality is that Farage is pitching a losing formula. There simply aren’t enough seats to target. So he’s really proposing that the coalition should not seek to win government.
    The flaw is akin to arguments about a “base”. There is no value in that argument in a country that doesn’t have the primaries that shape US politics. Let alone one we’re voting is compulsory.
    What Farage is ignoring is the success UK conservatives had with a formula that took advantage of UK labour extremism. That is, a pitch to the majority of the electorate.

  9. John says:

    secure future for themselves and their families

    The Uniparty have gradually termited the family and conditioned most voters to such an extent, that now, the majority would be offended and horrified with pro-family policies as transgressing the network of anti-discrimination laws.

  10. Petros says:

    Dutton had the hide to say after the election that the Liberals were the party of small business. The obnoxious pig. They screwed over small businesses with their mismanagement of the pandemic and they did so knowing full well what they were doing. To think Frydenberg lost to that dimwitted, hypocritical doctor Ryan. This is a seat that could go back to the Liberals if they play their cards right. Doubt they will though.

  11. Boambee John says:

    Foo

    What Farage is ignoring is the success UK conservatives had with a formula that took advantage of UK labour extremism. That is, a pitch to the majority of the electorate.

    You don’t really understand what he is saying, do you?

  12. Riversutra says:

    Let’s not indulge in any fantasies…the Liberals are and will continue to be, controlled by ideological progressive wets who pushed the party to the left on climate change, on religious freedom, on the banning of offshore oil and gas and so on.Cassie
    No embracing of the now unrepresented people who want a life where they are not lectured at and called names all the time. Who want a fair go. You know, the ones who would say a man can’t give birth, well, say it outside of work and not on social media, not that stupid after all. the troll farms to toxify anyone Tel
    And then there’s

    around 45 families on average losing a loved one each day

    Never were the cause/causes of death ever detailed. Died at 98 of half a dozen things? Covid always listed as cause of death. The real death toll will never be known.
    I will never believe the death toll after seeing the figures of how just about nobody died of the flu for two years.

  13. NoFixedAddress says:

    The Liberal Party of Australia and the National Party of Australia are false flag operations beholden to overseas interests and have no concern whatsoever in the people of Australia.

    Witness the devastation and expense of the Covid fiasco whereby Australia blindly followed overseas dictates let alone the blind mindless adherence to some pack of crazies believing the world is going to end if we don’t stop using oil and coal.

    Normally those crazy people would be accommodated in homes for the mentally impaired.

    Fark the LNP!

  14. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    The best way forward for Peter Dutton and the Coalition is to cultivate ambitious skilled and semi-skilled workers

    Yeah, it was pretty clear from the previous election that Hunter for example could be won by the Nats, when PHON got about 20% of the primary vote. The seat has been held by Labor for over a century.

    Unfortunately the Coalition did not capitalize because the coal sector is anathema to them. You can’t win by being Labor lite, the guys will just go back to Labor since at least then they can try to get a bit of buy-in from the unions.

  15. Bruce of Newcastle says:

    Oops, meant to blockquote the first para, which is from CL’s article.

  16. and says:

    Didn’t realize that the Martha’s Sinyard Chamber of Commerce declared the 50 migrant arrivals as a “humanitarian crisis”. It makes sense. The Vinyarders, a posh lot, were traumatized by their brush with commoners. This is the “humanitarian crisis”; on their way to the beauty palour or being fitted for the latest Ralph Lauren polo ensemble, the locals may have had a fleeting encounter with the “unclean” who were somewhere out there. For the sake of the locals, to avert this “humanitarian crisis”, the migrants had to be removed “resettled”… that the Vinyarders could begin to heal from their one-and-a-half day “ordeal”.

    Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Declares ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ over Arrival of 50 Migrants

    https://tinyurl.com/4ud8dv4s

  17. and says:

    The Martha’s Vineyard fiasco is still trending… understandably. TWIP this week has “Part 2”:

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/09/the-week-in-pictures-marthas-vineyard-sequel.php

  18. and says:

    Martha’s Vineyard says

    A Farewell To Alms

    [in record time]

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