Barry O’Farrell Attacks Thatcher & Reagan

I no longer have the energy to write up a detailed post on this. I really don’t. I can’t even say this comes as a surprise or shock to me, that’s the saddest part. So, I just put it up here for you without comment.

“I’m one of those people who believe there is a beneficial role for government,” O’Farrell says. “You know, government does do good things, and government can provide a platform for people to do terrific things. The view that government is the problem and not part of the solution is, I think, old-fashioned. It’s 1980s rhetoric.”

Of course we all know it’s a direct quote from both Thatcher and Reagan that he is attacking, that goes without saying. My only question is this: is there a single policy position on which Mr. O’Farrell is to the right of Labor? I certainly can’t think of one…

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10 Responses to “Barry O’Farrell Attacks Thatcher & Reagan”

  1. Jake the Muss Says:

    Mmm and that will be the dominant direction for the Nsw parl party and for Nsw for the next …15 years at least.

    Why campaign for that? At least the ALP are breeding discontent and disbelief in govt.

    So really, the ALP aren’t the enemy at all, Barry o’farrell is and everything must be done to prevent him becoming Premier.

  2. Michael Davis Says:

    As Peter Collins correctly states the Menzean legacy of Australian Conservatism and Australian Liberalism is not and was not one of free market fundamentalism, nor was it one of government being seen as inherently a bad thing, it was to see the government in its proper light as a facilitator in growing sectors of the economy where profits aren’t likely to materialise over the short-to-medium term, a service-provider in those areas of the economy and society where profits can’t (and indeed shouldn’t) be made and the upholder of the rule of law, a helping hand to the private sector, pro-markets, pro-business, but not completely absent from the marketplace – in a word pragmatic, as opposed to the ALP’s overriding socialist ideological dogmatism of the time. We will be reduced to a rump (a la the federal contingent from NSW from 1993) if we go down this dangerous and divisive path towards a US-style conservative agenda. It suits the national character of the USA, but Australia is a very different beast

  3. Ross Grove Says:

    “I no longer have the energy to write up a detailed post on this. I really don’t. I can’t even say this comes as a surprise or shock to me, that’s the saddest part. So, I just put it up here for you without comment.”

    That’s my comment.

  4. Me Says:

    Tim, this is yet another reason why I’m surprised you continue to disagree with me on the fact that the Liberal Party no longer even remotely stands for what we believe in. This disgusts me.

  5. John Humphreys Says:

    Of course, any person who cares about liberal ideas would support the ALP at the next NSW election. It’s a good litmus test to see whether people support liberal ideas, or just support their “club”.

  6. Matt Says:

    It was pretty amazing that David Marr could write 3000 words about such an unremarkable person with such an unremarkable message.

    Despite unnecessarily shitting on the Raison d’etre for many modern conservatives, at least you can say with confidence that the Liberal Party was O’Farrell’s first choice. You can’t say that about the Wentworth man.

  7. John Humphreys Says:

    Why does that matter Matt?

    Surely what matters is loyalty to the idea of liberalism… not loyalty to a club.

    I don’t agree with Turnbull on everything, but at least he’s better than the ALP at a federal level. I don’t think the same can be said for O’Farrell.

  8. Matt Says:

    John, it’s probably safe to say that I don’t share your commitment to the idea of liberalism.

    It’s silly to dismiss the reality that politcal party loyalty is important in our system of Government.

    It doesn’t keep me up at night that the Liberal party is bereft of any national or state leadership with any tangible commitment to liberalism. However, it’s fairly obvious to most Malcolm Turnbull sees party politics solely as a vehicle for his own ambition, not any ideas to improve the nation.

    The Labor and Liberal parties are fairly tribal groups. Despite knowing that Turnbull was never a creature of the Liberal Party, I think some Liberal Party members would have been a little disappointed at the extent and relatively recent nature of Turnbull’s push into the ALP.

  9. ralphbuttigieg Says:

    G’day.

    Michael, the Menzies era was a time of high tariffs, two airline policies and other economic regulation that strangled the economy . It was the market reforms of the eighties that started with Hawke/Keating , supported by the federal Libs and continued under Howard that lead to the economic boom of the Howard years. If you think going back to Menzies policies of state economic control is going to help I think you are mistaken.

  10. TerjeP (say tay-a) Says:

    It’s silly to dismiss the reality that politcal party loyalty is important in our system of Government.

    Replace the word “important” with the word “prominant” and then I might agree with the statement. Otherwise it is a pretty silly.

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