Monday, July 04, 2016
A thought on the independents
The election has been good to the independents -- but not the same brainless and hypocritical independents as last time. I was mightily pleased that the foul Tony Windsor and Robert Oakeshott went down in a heap this time. They presented themselves as conservative independents to conservative electorates last time and then went on to support Rudd/Gillard! Classical traitors.
Some of the new bunch are real conservatives -- such as Bob Katter and Pauline Hanson. So Turnbull might be able to do a good deal there. The wildcard will be Xenophon. But he might support some conservative measures. His iconic opposition to poker machines could be seen as conservative.