One of the organisers of the Labor Party’s recent election attempt described the caucus infighting in the last government as a gothic horror.
This evening on ABC News 24 TV, the news channel, the 6pm political discussion show The Drum included Peter Reith, a senior member of John Howard’s recent conservative, indeed “radically conservative” govt. He gleefully seized on the phrase as a reiteration of Tony Abbott’s description during his visit to Washington DC, including a “circus” and disfunctional administration; Abbott’s colourful language was internationally cited as diplomatically naive and indiscreet.
Today, a former Pm of WA, Mr Gallop effectively recalled the disfunctionality of recent conservative political rule, which Reith immediately characterised as turning prehistoric. This is what conservative commentators do; they reject historical comparisons.
So let’s for a moment turn prehistoric. I remember the nightly horror show of Melbourne docklands patrolled like an Iron Curtain movie; this was Pater Reith’s administration of maritime unions confronting the despotic rule of Patricks. Truly a gothic horror show. Lest we forget.