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So what is the difference between Liberal and Labor?

By johnboy - 17 October 2012 30

underpants gnomes

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.

What’s Your opinion?


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30 Responses to
So what is the difference between Liberal and Labor?
Thumper 1:43 pm 17 Oct 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Thumper said :

Thumper said :

To borro somewhat from one John Ono Lennon, ‘what would happen if we held an election and no-one turned up?’

borro….

*sigh*

You know if you were a subscriber to this site you could have fixed that before anyone noticed? #smugnewsubscriber

Done.

Thumper 1:42 pm 17 Oct 12

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Thumper said :

Thumper said :

To borro somewhat from one John Ono Lennon, ‘what would happen if we held an election and no-one turned up?’

borro….

*sigh*

You know if you were a subscriber to this site you could have fixed that before anyone noticed? #smugnewsubscriber

yeah, I know. I just haven’t quite got around to it yet 🙂

colourful sydney rac 1:39 pm 17 Oct 12

Thumper said :

Thumper said :

To borro somewhat from one John Ono Lennon, ‘what would happen if we held an election and no-one turned up?’

borro….

*sigh*

You know if you were a subscriber to this site you could have fixed that before anyone noticed? #smugnewsubscriber

miz 1:39 pm 17 Oct 12

The Libs have rebranded themselves as the new Labor. Not actually hard to do, as Labor appears to have lost the plot, with fractured ideals that no longer speak for the working people. As a former long time Labor voter, I am sorry to say that the Labor party are like ‘children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes’. If only they had just got on with the business of running the joint properly over the last 12 years, people would not be so disgruntled and disaffected.

Jim Jones 1:27 pm 17 Oct 12

HenryBG said :

Deref said :

What’s the difference between Laboral and Libour? Bugger all.

Not true.

Labour gets stuff done, but they don’t manage expenditure too well (eg, AMC and Australia’s worst-performing hospital), leading to the blowout in rates.

The Libs get less done, but they are likely to keep costs down for us.

As far as sacking public servants goes – that wouldn’t be an efficient way of doing it – all they have to do is terminate the army of parasites on $100-$400 contracts and consultancies and vastly more money will be saved without losing any jobs.

The whole ‘Labour spends more’ thing is an utter myth, it’s proof of nothing more than the idea that if you keep repeating something often enough then people will start believing it.

Ditto with ‘Libs get less done’. I daresay the only reason the Libs get less stuff done is because they’ve had less time in government (in local terms anyway – on a Federal level it’s because they’re a pack of reactionary conservatives, and reactionary conservatives don’t believe in *doing* things, they’re more interested in stopping things happening because change is scary and immoral).

Thumper 1:21 pm 17 Oct 12

Thumper said :

To borro somewhat from one John Ono Lennon, ‘what would happen if we held an election and no-one turned up?’

borro….

*sigh*

bitzermaloney 1:19 pm 17 Oct 12

Deref said :

What’s the difference between Laboral and Libour? Bugger all.

+1 …. oh an Laboral have the little green whingy sister sitting behind them.

HenryBG 1:09 pm 17 Oct 12

Deref said :

What’s the difference between Laboral and Libour? Bugger all.

Not true.

Labour gets stuff done, but they don’t manage expenditure too well (eg, AMC and Australia’s worst-performing hospital), leading to the blowout in rates.

The Libs get less done, but they are likely to keep costs down for us.

As far as sacking public servants goes – that wouldn’t be an efficient way of doing it – all they have to do is terminate the army of parasites on $100-$400 contracts and consultancies and vastly more money will be saved without losing any jobs.

Thumper 1:01 pm 17 Oct 12

To borro somewhat from one John Ono Lennon, ‘what would happen if we held an election and no-one turned up?’

Deref 12:30 pm 17 Oct 12

What’s the difference between Laboral and Libour? Bugger all.

New Yeah 12:24 pm 17 Oct 12

Jim Jones said :

A pox on both their houses.

Ergo, a pox on all our houses, as we shall all suffer another four years of these braying nincimpoops. Regardless of who wins.

rhino 12:12 pm 17 Oct 12

Jim Jones said :

The big difference between Liberal and Labor is that the Liberal Party is campaigning using a crude fear campaign (rates will triple) and that the Labor party is campaigning using a different crude fear campaign (job cuts in the public service).

A pox on both their houses.

To be fair though, what would you campaign with if you were either of these parties?
Because saying “look at me, I’ll give you this small thing” won’t compare to the other guy saying one of their actual campaigns. The effect is just so much less severe. So given that you would be assuming the other party would be using the big guns, you would be crazy to hold back with yours.

Duffbowl 11:41 am 17 Oct 12

Jim Jones said :

A pox on both their houses.

Looking at some of their candidates, I fear a pox already exists…

Jim Jones 11:31 am 17 Oct 12

The big difference between Liberal and Labor is that the Liberal Party is campaigning using a crude fear campaign (rates will triple) and that the Labor party is campaigning using a different crude fear campaign (job cuts in the public service).

A pox on both their houses.

neanderthalsis 10:45 am 17 Oct 12

Maybe I’m not your average Canberra voter, being more realistic than idealistic. But I prefer a govt that will get things done, not make lofty statements and proclamations about how they will make me make my life better, whether I like it or not.

Katy’s lunch box inspectors are less likely to earn my vote than a green wheelie bin. That said, I am disappointed that the Libs haven’t been a little more visionary but I guess they feel they are on safer ground promising basic services rather than stopping waste altogether and ending the scourge of fat kids, who are the root of all society’s evil. (I was an obese child before it became mainstream, does this make me a hipster?)

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