Liberal predicament (letter)by Greg ByrneNews Weekly
, April 18, 2009
As I read about the predicament of today's Liberal Party in Joseph Poprzeczny's article, "The Liberal Party faces moment of truth" (News Weekly
, April 4, 2009), I was reminded of a saying that a friend of mine often uses, "Take a 'reality check', why don't you?"
The Liberals no longer represent the "Forgotten People" that Sir Robert Menzies spoke about in his famous speech on May 22, 1942. Nor do they represent small business, which has long since given up on them.
The upshot has been that the Liberals do exactly as Labor on issues, only they manage things better. They may be left-wing centralists, but they are professional and efficient left-wing centralists.
All of which is leading Australia into a major economic and social crisis. The low-paid blue-collar father today is unable to cope without a second pay packet from his wife. Unfortunately, the Liberals whom Mr Poprzeczny's article discusses don't see that as a problem.
However, my own local member, the Hon. Chris Pearce, federal Liberal member for Aston, does. He said to me that what most people talk about after dinner is how they are going to get through the next month financially.
So here at least is one Liberal MP who has his feet firmly on the ground and who doesn't need a "reality check". It's the Liberal party leaders who need a "reality check".Greg Byrne,