As a vigorous debate rages within the remnants of the Liberal party as to whether they should allow Labor’s windback of WorkChoices to pass in the Senate, one Liberal backbencher has voiced support, because he’d like to see the economy ruined:
for my part I wouldn’t be too unhappy if they went through because my view is they’ll only damage the economy and cause unemployment figures to worsen.
Anyone from Ryan? How did this lunatic hold his seat?
Maybe the Libs don’t read the Fin Review. They might have noticed that most of the big biz groups have now jumped on the “trash WorkChoices” bandwagon and are admitting that a little bit of balance and fairness won’t send the country broke. The Libs would be very dumb indeed to allow Rudd to paint them as the party of unfairness at work, now, and forever. But they’d also be well advised to stick to the mandate theory, or recognise that the electorate thought WorkChoices stank, rather than indulge in the sort of stupid partisanship Michael Johnson has on display.
Elsewhere: More from Sam at Public Polity.