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The polls and the yo-yo of conservatism

We live in an essentially undemocratic society. We elect our ‘representatives’ for 3 years and cannot recall them.

Ordinary working people have no say over jobs, wages or public services. The bosses – that small minority of society – do.

This means that polls (and the about turns of politicians) are our best  – if not very good – guide to what people are thinking.

Newspoll in Tuesday’s Australian has Labor thumping the Opposition on a  two party preferred basis 56 to 44.

Labor’s primary vote went up 4 percent and the Opposition’s down 3 percent.

The fruitcake faction of the bourgeoisie at The Australian have been telling Tony Abbott this is all because he wanted to tax big business to pay for a 26 week paid parental leave scheme.  How convenient.

People’s perception of Labor as the party to better handle the economy went up four points and the Coalition’s went down 6.  That has more to do with the likes of Barnaby Joyce sprouting his nostrums for Far North Queensland in major metropolitan areas and Abbott sacking him as finance spokesman.

The result this week is a turnaround for Labor. Since December Abbott and the Coalition had been making steady gains on Labor.

This last week has seen almost all of that support wash away.

The polls were taken over the period after Rudd released Labor’s plan to do something with hospitals – it is not clear exactly what – and the opposition announced … nothing.

Rudd destroyed Abbott in the televised debate on health because he at least gave the impression he was doing something about the mess  that is the hospital system.

Abbott could only make lame jokes (one of which worryingly I laughed at and thought was quite clever.  Should I see a doctor?) and defend himself against accusations he ripped $1 billion out of the health budget when he was the responsible Minister.

The important factor for me about the polls is their volatility. Two weeks ago the Liberals were within spitting distance of Labor. Now they are not within a bull’s roar of them.

Our collective unconscious yearns for better schools and hospitals, desires better jobs and pay, wants a world free of the threats of war and environmental destruction.

Neither party offers us much in the way of political and economic salvation.  And so we swing from party to party depending on the particular issue. 

It is the yo-yo of conservatism. This week Labor, next week the Liberals.

The Greens have polled eleven or twelve percent in most polls the last few months, well above their 7.8 percent in the last election.

They look to be a safe harbour for voters disaffected with both major conservative parties but who are overwhelmingly prepared in the end to give their preferences to the ALP.

Labor shouldn’t be too cocky. People are looking for a do something Government on a range of issues.

Because our expectations are low, we swing as voters from one to the other depending on the issue.

Will it be the Coalition’s turn to shine in the next polls?

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Comment from David Stalker
Time March 31, 2010 at 11:34 am

From memory any new initiative appeared to come from labour ranks, the liberals are not for the working class so they appear to do nothing.
So in short labour spends and builds, liberals save and do nothing.
Kevin Rudd does a lot of talking its time now to start producing, that is if Mr Abbott and his bunch of meat heads will get behind hospitals, and education.
Can someone tell me what these people actually do.

Comment from Arjay
Time April 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm

John; nothing will change unless we address the unfair system of fractional reserve banking,ie the ability of banks to create loans of ten times the amount of deposits on their books.This ability to inflate the money supply distorts real productivity and inflates share and house prices.

Both the major parties are toady boys to this corporate ruse.The argument of left and right is the trick we all fall for,while the parasites suck the real economy dry.

Both Labor and Liberal play the public game of championing the oppressed,they really don’t give a toss,since their real masters the corporate elites,call the tune.

Comment from BUNSEN
Time April 5, 2010 at 12:51 am

“What if there was a war and nobody came?”
Yet our war of politics is fought by conscripts.
We are compelled to vote and have no choice for whom we vote in any of the three tiers of government.
Meanwhile the likes of the ABC votes for us by artificially managing the popularity polls and making decisions about whatever item is ‘newsworthy’.
Naturally, anything that happens in Australia outside their ‘guidelines’ is ever published.

Ah ye gods – it all comes down to this device I use to write this note.
“Power corrupts and ultimate power corrupts absolutely” and whether we like it or not the ultimate power in this information age is the power of instant access to information and the management of selective dissemination.
If anyone with the merest intellect looked at our ‘news’ they’d discover soon enough that ‘bad stuff’ happens ‘big time’ overseas – while the outrages in Australia seem to be either small time, localised, and always contained by the civil authority.

Hey – read or view the news – that’s the way it is presented.
Meanwhile out there the truth is different.
And without even mentioning the extremes – there are more homeless, jobless, hopeless – health-less. There are young people migrating from the cities and arriving in the regions and being exploited by utter bastards in every way.
Accommodation costs too much – transport in too costly, employment too patchy, the tyranny of distance and the utter lack of meaningful governance makes for an utterly desperate sub-set of society which I fear will soon decide to eschew civil society.

So what do those who win the raffle for a three year term do about the situation?
Here in Qld I received a note asking me to provide info; my idea about demographics change.
I tossed a coin between demanding they build a well patrolled Mexican Fence OR asking them to consider listening to and acting upon advice given in good faith by Queenslanders.
To date, Qld has no Mexican Fence – nor does its small beer legislature listen to anyone except the Chinese.

Now if someone can find a shining conservative in Qld – then let them be the beacon into the new age –

Comment from BUNSEN
Time April 5, 2010 at 12:55 am

Did it bounce?

http://enpassant.com.au/?p=6862#comments

“What if there was a war and nobody came?”
Yet our war of politics is fought by conscripts.
We are compelled to vote and have no choice for whom we vote in any of the three tiers of government.
Meanwhile the likes of the ABC votes for us by artificially managing the popularity polls and making decisions about whatever item is ‘newsworthy’.
Naturally, anything that happens in Australia outside their ‘guidelines’ is ever published.

Ah ye gods – it all comes down to this device I use to write this note.
“Power corrupts and ultimate power corrupts absolutely” and whether we like it or not the ultimate power in this information age is the power of instant access to information and the management of selective dissemination.
If anyone with the merest intellect looked at our ‘news’ they’d discover soon enough that ‘bad stuff’ happens ‘big time’ overseas – while the outrages in Australia seem to be either small time, localised, and always contained by the civil authority.

Hey – read or view the news – that’s the way it is presented.
Meanwhile out there the truth is different.
And without even mentioning the extremes – there are more homeless, jobless, hopeless – health-less. There are young people migrating from the cities and arriving in the regions and being exploited by utter bastards in every way.
Accommodation costs too much – transport in too costly, employment too patchy, the tyranny of distance and the utter lack of meaningful governance makes for an utterly desperate sub-set of society which I fear will soon decide to eschew civil society.

So what do those who win the raffle for a three year term do about the situation?
Here in Qld I received a note asking me to provide info; my idea about demographics change.
I tossed a coin between demanding they build a well patrolled Mexican Fence OR asking them to consider listening to and acting upon advice given in good faith by Queenslanders.
To date, Qld has no Mexican Fence – nor does its small beer legislature listen to anyone except the Chinese.

Now if someone can find a shining conservative in Qld – then let them be the beacon into the new age –

Comment from John
Time April 5, 2010 at 10:57 am

Sorry Bunsen. Some posts get automatically held up because they use certain words or come from certain sources. This stops most spammers, but sometimes catches legitimate posters.