The “leave me alone” coalition

I never really liked the whole left-right political construct. A cadre of who sat to the left or right of the King of France during the French Revolution seems meaningless in our current political climate. A question at the time was whether or not the king should have an absolute veto over the will of the people (through his parliament). How that translates into modern politics, I don’t know.

Its application nowadays is nothing more than a big stick to hit “the other”. To suggest that Labour/Greens are on the left and National/Liberals are on the right is laughable and meaningless. The political framework within the current Liberals/Nations overlaps almost perfectly with the political framework within the Greens/Teals/Labour.

If we must have a linear construct, a more relevant and contemporary construct should be between:

  • Those who believe that government exists to solve everyone’s problems (real or perceived or misdiagnosed).
  • Those who believe that government exists to create the conditions for people to solve their own problems.

I will call the former grouping the Big Government Industrial Complex (BGIC) and it perfectly represents Australia’s major political parties. They don’t disagree on the need for the government to intervene in every nook and cranny of Australian life. They only disagree on the how.

I will call this latter grouping the Leave Me Alone Coalition (LMAC). These are the people, myself included, who just want to be left alone. I don’t want much. I just want less government, less taxes, less regulation and less interference in my life. My political slogan is: “Leave me alone and get out of my life and out of my wallet!”

Creating the conditions for prosperity is not about eliminating government. It’s about right-sizing government and eliminating them from our lives. It means functioning courts and national security, but it does not mean a national program, national broadcasters or national broadband networks. Or national anything (other than security) for that matter.

IPA outgoing ED John Roskam has a very good opinion piece in the AFR. He notes:

If his behavior in the three days since he lost the 2022 federal election Needless to say, the Liberal Party is going to spend the next few years asking itself all the wrong questions.

Yes. Oh yes. Roskam continues:

Normally, presidential-style campaigns are built around popular leaders. The Liberals built their campaign around Scott Morrison. His appeal, such as it was, seemed to go along the lines of “I know you don’t like me – but I’m not as bad as the other guy”.

Not as bad as the other guy. The hole was not in labor costs. It was part of the Liberals’ strategy. In fact in the minds of the Liberal strategists.

Roskam for the last time:

Morrison as prime minister was in many ways a symptom, not the cause, of what plagues the Liberal Party today. A leader with no fixed beliefs for whom everything was just a problem to be solved perfectly reflected the attitude of a party uncertain of its principles.

Roskam is absolutely right about this, but he’s got the timing wrong (in my opinion).

There was a political party representing the Leave Me Alone Coalition. It was the Liberal Party. He represented the forgotten people of Menzian, the Leave Me Alone coalition of the time. Let us solve our problems.

This party was killed by John Howard at the turn of the millennium in his quest for political immortality. The party of Abbott, Turnbull and Morrison represented the Big Government Industrial Complex. No ifs, no buts, just coconuts. Or desiccated coconut, in this case.

And for Prime Minister Abbott’s defenders, please explain the new taxes he legislated and his ridiculous maternity leave proposal… And of course the Knights and Dames.

Unless there is a party that represents the Leave Me Alone Coalition and unless there is a real debate between these two cohorts (BGIC and LMAC), then this country is on the road to Argentina.

And if Peter Dutton is the answer, then again, the Liberals are asking the wrong questions. I’m also just waiting for calls to recruit Peta Credlin.

Stephen Spartacus writes regularly to The cast of Sparty. First publication here.

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