Turnbull To Resign As Leader

Well, not really, but how else can you explain this statement:

“There is nobody in the Liberal Party who is more associated and connected with taking action on climate change than me. I will not lead a party that is not as committed to as effective action on climate change as I am.”

Fortunately for my generation, the rest of the Liberal Party is NOT with him on this foolhardy notion to sign an economic suicide pact for the country. And if he wants to force massive unemployment on Australians, it looks like he might be one of the first out of a job.

I tried so hard to support Malcolm as Leader. I really did. Even with all my previous disagreements with him, I thought he was the best we had.

Now. I mean. What can I say? This is political foolishness. Contrary to his claims, we do NOT need to negotiate with Labor to mitigate the effects (without our support it will clearly fail). The international experience has proven, without doubt, that fighting such legislation is electorally popular – there is no rhyme or reason to his actions. Look at the US – Cap & Tax had massive support, until the GOP started opposing it. Now, only 30% of Americans support the legislation, and a  clear majority think it will hurt the economy. The more people are educated, the more they oppose this whole boondoggle. In fact,  President Obama’s net approval rating has plummeted from +30 to -8 in the last few months. Despite the adulation of the media establishment, this is one of the worst performances of a President in his first 6 months in office ever, tracking even lower than Jimmy Carter (not to mention George W. Bush).

We could have done the same in Australia, if only we tried. Instead, we are supporting something that will make 23,000 mining jobs would disappear overnight, will force the price of petrol would need to rise to over $5 and perhaps $10 per litre to choke off the demand to the level proposed by the government, and will create a massive economic downturn. Sigh.

I can not – and will not – support someone who wants to sign our economic death warrant. For nothing. No good can come of this.

Politically foolish and ideologically bankrupt. That is all that can be said.

(H/T Tim Blair)

UPDATE:

UPDATE 2: Please read my post on Not Evil Just Wrong, an exciting new movie set to premiere in Australia in under 3 weeks. Not Evil Just Wrong is the first major film to tackle climate change hysteria head-on, and will be a game changer in this debate, so find out more!

UPDATE 3: Welcome Tim Blair and Straight Shooter readers! Am most honoured!

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9 Responses to “Turnbull To Resign As Leader”

  1. Lauren jennifer Callahan Says:

    You can’t do that to me! that heading almost brought me to tears!

  2. Manny C Says:

    I like these developments very much. However, I suspect he may backtrack or downplay these remarks. Unfortunately.

  3. Me Says:

    I hope he goes. He is an absolute joke! If he resigns, it will be the first time he’s ever stuck by what little principles he has.

  4. Tom Says:

    He has dragged the party too far to the centre and it now sits in political no-mans land.

    In fact, this party has lost the swagger of the Howard years believing a conditional surrender is better than a fight for principles and for victory. That kind of leadership attracts support, not differentation in detail.

    Bring back the Self-Belief! Bring back the Conviction! stop being the ‘soft right’ party.

  5. Gary Says:

    He has dragged the party too far to the centre and it now sits in political no-mans land.

    In fact, this party has lost the swagger of the Howard years believing a conditional surrender is better than a fight for principles and for victory. That kind of leadership attracts support, not differentation in detail.

    Bring back the Self-Belief! Bring back the Conviction! stop being the ‘soft right’ party.

  6. Sean Says:

    The ETS should not be the basis for any environmental policy but we have walked into an elephant trap set up by the government. Either we back it completely, stop is completely or negotiate. It is no good having half the parliamentary party room for it and half against it.

    Malcolm should go to the polls and do what Keating did to Hewson.

    Unfortunately, climate change is an issue in many electorates and should have an explicitly liberal policy on climate change that combines joined up thinking on public policy rather than the current ETS-dominated thinking of the government and many sections of the media.

  7. TerjeP (say tay-a) Says:

    The Liberal party has always been a mess in opposition. Don’t sweat it. Half the bumpkins will still vote Liberal half the time.

  8. Clifford Jennings Says:

    I totally agree with you Tim.

    For a long time I was a Turnbull supporter as well and I still believe that he is one of the best chances that the Liberal Party has of getting elected but now…. I don’t think so. At first I thought he was just a populist in his support of climate change but no.. he really believes in it… and doesn’t give a rats ass about how the party feels.

    But who else is there to take leadership? Hockey and Abbot are the two likely to me.

  9. mothyspace Says:

    The general thrust of this post may yet turn out to be prescient.

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