Choosing between Peter Dutton and Scott Morrison as to whom should lead the Liberal party is the most significant decision that most Liberal MPs will make during their entire term in office. For they are determining the future of their party as a viable political entity. Should they elect Peter Dutton to replace Malcolm Turnbull, they will be giving they party the chance to be the dominant political force over the coming decade. Should they elect Scott Morrison, they will have driven the final stake through its heart, the stake that Malcolm Turnbull so accurately and devastatingly has lined up. And Mr Turnbull has even handed them the hammer – its name is ScoMo.
Much will be written in coming days over the failure of the Turnbull experiment. But make no mistake, apart from the (numerous) political and personal flaws of the member for Wentworth, the real disaster has been the strategic decision (take a bow, Mark Textor, among others) to minimise rather than maximise the differences between the Liberal and Labor brands. The sheer folly of this approach (“disillusioned conservatives have nowhere else to go”) was of course compounded by policies that not only harmed but – stupendously – actually targeted those disillusioned conservatives by attacking their superannuation. The author of this economic madness was of course Scott Morrison.
If Scott Morrison is voted in as our new PM, it will be because of the cowardice of the bedwetter class of Liberal politician. The destruction of the party will be assured well beyond the next election. If Peter Dutton is elected, the party not only will be in the healthiest state it has been since 2013. Peter Dutton has the tools with which he can defeat Labor on the three critical issues of energy, immigration and political correctness.
The ABC are rooting for Scott Morrison. Need I say more. If chosen, he will be annihilated by Labor.
This really is the fight for the heart and soul of the Liberal party. And, indeed, of our once great but now fragile nation.
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