Tony Abbott will be Australia’s next Prime Minister. His ambition to fulfil his destiny will be realised. What Tony Abbott wants, Tony Abbott takes and with remarkable determination will see the idealisation of his destiny become reality. He will wave his hands high on the steps of Parliament House. He will express humility at the honour which ordinary Australians have bestowed on him.
But wait for a moment, isn’t this imaginary scenario all about Tony Abbott and his ambition? For a while let us give a thought to that which follows, and after that “momentous occasion” when Tony Abbott is presented with the keys to the Lodge and his team are dutifully sworn in to serve Australia and her people by Governor General Quentin Bryce.
We have had many insightful articles, (although these are exceedingly rare in the mainstream media) with predictions of what an Abbott Prime Ministership might consist of. There are predictions of huge revenue losses, large scale sackings of people who work in the public service (although Tony Abbott refuses to specify which services to the public), and handouts reminiscent of the Howard years but minus the mining boom, and basically little else. These predictions are quite dire, but surely there must be some reason, something which Tony Abbott is offering which explains why he is heading towards becoming Australia’s next Prime Minister.
I would suggest that which is missing and this includes anything emanating from the mainstream media, is The Benefits of an Abbott Prime Ministership. We therefore have to rely on Tony Abbott supporters for any glimpse into what they perceive as these benefits. And to be honest, these are scarce pickings.
Cancel the carbon tax – because there is no such thing as climate change.
Turn back the boats – because they’re not Christians and will take Australian jobs, plus they’re “illegal”. This same prejudice is the undercurrent – white, married and male flows on to those seen as “the others”; not white, not married and certainly not male.
Anything pertaining to private schools or middle class/upper class welfare is naught but class envy, yet all the while not being a part of the class which will by far gain the most benefit from Coalition policies.
But in the vast majority of comments, the underlying theme is that Tony Abbott is not a red-headed female atheist living in sin with a hairdresser. For my own self this makes Ms Gillard far more interesting than Tony Abbott can ever hope to be..but that’s another story.
This therefore is what Tony Abbott is offering, or at least what his supporters hope that he is offering. There are two strings to this bow, that while Abbott’s policies remain unscrutinised his supporters are also victims of ignorance.
Here is my theory for what its worth: The Abbott Strategy
The Abbott Strategy is to play small target on anything with a vision, a small target on offering anything to anyone.
Therefore Tony Abbott’s vision is anything that you may want; you imagine it and he will deliver it – or at least it may seem so in the imagination of his supporters.
From the Liberal Party website, the words of Tony Abbott.
In the future, as in the past, the Coalition can do great things for our country.
That’s good to know, but for Australia’s future are we going to do anything except “Ditch the Witch”? And turn back the boats? Is Australia’s future nothing more than a momentous occasion where it’s winner who takes all?