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No second coming for the Canberra Liberals

By johnboy - 5 February 2007 27

The Canberra Times has the non-news that Kate Carnell is not going to return to the toytown parliament and save the Canberra Liberals.

More interesting is that the business community is casting around for someone, anyone, who can be a messiah for the conservatives (they’re not much chop as Liberals under Bill Stefaniak). You can be a long time waiting for messiahs and gods tend to help those who help themselves, so you would think they’d be better off trying to build an effective team with what they have.

It’s a bit like the old question: “Did I start drinking because my wife left me? Or did my wife leave me because I started drinking?”

Are the Liberals fragmented because they’re performing badly? Or are they performing badly because they’re fragmented?

Certainly if the people of the ACT want an interfering busybody looking to improve us, rather than represent us, we can do quite well with the devil we know.

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No second coming for the Canberra Liberals
johnboy 9:10 am 06 Feb 07

Just to clear things up, an allegation was made here that we weren’t comfortable leaving up without more information so a couple of comments were deleted.

Sorry about that folks.

terubo 5:17 pm 05 Feb 07

Now you’ve bagged and utterly vanquished all the Lib MLAs, publius, you’re welcome to start on the rank and file.

publius 3:58 pm 05 Feb 07

The Liberals are in dire straits. Z is wet behind the ears and has achieved nothing. He scored zero on “Epicentre-gate”. Corbell was totally cleared. I’d remind readers the Z man went on a trip to Korea just after being elected as an MLA which was funded by the Moonies…some judgment there. Mulcahy needs to clear his name before he attempts to become leader. He just doesn’t want to face the political reality that what he did before becoming an MLA actually matters. He should deal with the AHA matter now, and not drag it out. He is their only shining star – but has this dark cloud hanging over him. Dunne is completely self-centred, too right wing and not trusted by any of her fellow MLAs. Stefaniak is stop gap at best, and bit one track and way out of his depth. Smyth is a dumped leader who must serve more time in the sin bin. The other two Liberal MLAs are very mediocre and simply not worthy of comment. Clearly the Libs need an injection of talent and quickly. If they act now they may fluke a good result in 2012. 2008 is all over for them. Obviously the email fiasco did not help. But it is the lack of an effective cut through leader that is the real problem. All the negative vibes in the community towards Stanhope -and there is plenty – will lead to an enhanced vote for the Greens and a new middle of the road independent emerging. The Libs will probably hold onto seven seats.

barking toad 2:48 pm 05 Feb 07

The heading of this thread unleashed long repressed memories of katie and the wine merchant

Maelinar 1:29 pm 05 Feb 07

He just got my vote with that comment as well.

It’s got more substance than a bowl of All Bran cerial.

TAD 1:23 pm 05 Feb 07

If Phil Thompson (retired Special Magistrate) put his hat in the ring (as he indicated last year) I would vote Liberal for the first time in my life.

An intelligent, honest bloke with common sense in my dealings with him (professionally)

Canberra Times 30.09.06
“Mr Thompson said he had formerly held middle-ground political views, but had been driven to enter politics by the ACT Labor Party’s lurch to the ”far left”. He raised the example of the territory’s human rights laws, saying they were not unnecessary and misused. ”Mums and dads want to see schools and things,” Mr Thompson said. ”They’re not interested in a human rights Act. It’s only used by people who try to access things that they’re not normally entitled to … the lunatic fringe.”

Preselections are supposed to happen mid 07

Mr Evil 1:09 pm 05 Feb 07

Bring back Trevor Kaine!

Sammy 10:45 am 05 Feb 07

I think the Z man has ambitions beyond the odd media release

And hasn’t he been quiet on the media release front of late.

Thumper 10:34 am 05 Feb 07

I think the Z man has ambitions beyond the odd media release and sitting around….

johnboy 10:23 am 05 Feb 07

and far too many of them are happy with that.

terubo 10:20 am 05 Feb 07

“but i doubt sitting around on the opposition benches year after year is on his things to do list either.”

Oh I don’t know…decent salary, pension, odd media release to supervise…quite comfy really.

johnboy 10:15 am 05 Feb 07

I’m sure challenging would play no part in his plan

but i doubt sitting around on the opposition benches year after year is on his things to do list either.

Avacry 10:13 am 05 Feb 07

It would be career suicide for Z to contest this early in his political career.

johnboy 10:03 am 05 Feb 07

Watch out for the Z man I reckon.

Avacry 9:59 am 05 Feb 07

The Libs only real strong leader appears to be Richard Mulcahy. Pitty he seems out of favour with the rest of the MLA’s.

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