Sunday, March 27, 2011
Rupert's Top Ten
1. Labor Loses the Mothership (SPLASH)
A humiliated Labor Party was left surveying the wreckage at the weekend as the party's birthplace in New South Wales was claimed by a resurgent Liberal-National coalition riding a national wave of anger at the proposed carbon tax.
2. Gillard Goes to Ground (SIDEBAR)
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has gone to ground to disassociate herself from an angry backlash from Labor votes in the nation's biggest state and to prepare for an almighty assault in federal parliament against her contentious carbon tax.
3. Heartland Attack (ANALYSIS)
Tony Abbott's Liberal-National Coalition, plugging into the real concerns of working people, took back Labor's industrial heartland at the weekend and threw down the gauntlet to a shamed federal minority Labor government ruing its decision to propose a carbon tax.
4. Voice of the People (COLOUR STORY)
Australia's blue-collar birthplace defied its political heritage at the weekend, turfing out a Labor state government and signalling to Julia Gillard's teetering federal regime that the patience of the battlers will not countenance a carbon tax. Joe O'Reilly is a heavily tattooed building contractor in Penrith....
5. Opinion: Paul Kelly (SPELL CHECK ONLY)
Let there be no mistake. This is a profound seachange in Australian politics. Freed from the shackles of the old class wars, Tony Abbott has made his own imprimatur on a Liberal Party that has reinvented itself as a classless and populist expression of the national soul.
6. Opinion: Miranda Devine (USE THE SMIRK PICTURE)
So much for the bicycling premier. Most NSW voters don't have the luxury of cycling to work to make them feel good about making a carbon impression that is meaningless in the scheme of things. So at last, we can drive our cars and chop down our neighbours' trees with impunity once more. And doesn't it feel good!!
7. Opinion: Janet Albrechtson (LOOKING OVER HER GLASSES)
In relative terms, the NSW Labor Party will say it won the election. Well, at least that is what their agents in the NSW Teachers' Union will be telling your children this week. You see, there are no 'losers' in our schools any more. So there can be no losers in politics either.
8. Opinion: Andrew Bolt (NEXT TO SPORTS)
The defeat of the Keneally government is a mortal blow to those who would claim that immigrants to this country make a positive contribution. Would they have only have stopped the boats when that woman crawled into port 15 years ago.
9. Business: Terry McCrann (HIT UP RIO FOR AD)
Now business can breathe easier again. Tax and spend interventionist government has been given a red card by a community more interested in pursuing profit than killing initiative. The NSW election ends further attempts to tax mining and extract unfair rents from a bleeding fossil fuel industry.
10. Media: Caroline Overington (ADD 'WALKLEY-WINNING')
The power of the fourth estate, led by the probing efforts of News Ltd, has given new power to Australia's proud democracy by exposing the short-comings of a Labor Party on its last legs and undermining the case for standalone action on alleged climate change.
(THE REAL EDITOR'S NOTE: Yes, NSW Labor was rotten and deserved to be tossed out. I didn't vote for them either. But don't underestimate the power of the News Ltd machine to turn this into something else).
Posted by Mr D at 10:23 PM