As this election has unfolded it’s become clear we’re looking at two radically different approaches to persuading the electorate.
The Liberals are being deliberately down in the weeds. Extra wheely bin this, more parking that, road duplication there.
Labor on the other hand is all about the aspirations. A good example of that is childhood obesity.
Am I agin’ it? Sure why not.
How much am I willing to pay to tackle it? Not sure.
What freedoms am I willing to forgo to free the Government’s hand on the issue? Whoa whoa up there cowboy!
Fortunately ACT Labor doesn’t actually want to be taken seriously on these issues. Their policy initiatives have no real hope of dealing with the matters they raise. Think “No Waste 2010” or “Housing Affordability”. We’re talking government by underpants gnomes here:
It comes down to whether you like big dreams or incremental improvements.
Battista comes to mind:
We fought against the empire of heaven. We were – that I will not deny – vanquished in that conflict: yet the great intention was not lacking in nobility. Something or other gave them victory; to us remains the glory of dauntless daring. And even if my troop fell thence vanquished, yet to have atempted a lofty enterprise is still a trophy.
I like my football team to play like rebel angels. I’m not sure it’s what’s called for from a Government.
Some of you might prefer a Government that chooses its battles carefully and exerts itself on matters it can reasonably hope to succeed with.
That’s up to you as a voter.
But if it helps that’s the clearest difference I can see.