I have to work today, helping my 89 year-old and his wife in the wilds of Upper Brookfield. We’ve had rain and you can see the grass grow.
Tonight my son Mark arrives from Sydney, and tomorrow I’m scheduled to do anther largish lawn because my ute is scheduled for repairs on Monday. So this is a quickie Salon ahead of the Wentworth by-election.
The experts say Sharma needs a primary vote of about 45% to be safe, and Karen Phelps could win from as low as 25%. Polling has them both in the mid 30s. However, in single seat polling it is difficult to get the samples right, so who knows?
What we do know is that the Liberals are desperate to the point where Scott Morrison will do anything to win the seat, except change his climate change policy, which some reckon is the most important issue this time around. And asylum seekers on Nauru, where the news just keeps getting more horrific.
What ScoMo has thus demonstrated is that he is not a serious politician in terms of running the country. Perhaps the worst stunt was to throw in the Israel embassy change (“just thinking about it”) which seems to have peed off just about everyone, including the 13% Jewish vote in the electorate. A Jewish woman from the area on the radio said all they want is peace, and changing embassies will just stir up more trouble.
Then the Nats poked up their heads, with Barnaby Joyce saying, I’m here if you want me. Apparently the Nats concern about leadership is real, but about a third of his colleagues do, a third definitely do not. The Libs are apoplectic about them airing this stuff three days out from Wentworth, to which the Nats’ reply was expletive-loaded.
Many of us just wanted to keep our heads under the blankets until this blew over, but the prospect is that after today, even if Sharma wins, the gloves will really be off.