It looks like the Australian PM Tony Abbot might get the boot after catastrophic losses in the state elections in Queensland. I haven’t seen a final tally yet from there, but it looks grim for the LNP party.
It is, of course, not for me here in old Blighty to hold many views about who the Australians decide to choose, or not, but allow me a bit of Schadenfreude that another right-winger looks set to lose his job. Maybe the Australians were as amused by Tony Abbot’s knighting of Prince Charles as we were, and decided to act before it got to Mr Abbot’s head and he declared himself King.
The chaos here in the UK doesn’t seem to abate. The conservatives are standing still in the polls, which is odd because their opponent in the Labour party is falling apart to the left and right. And the Liberal Democrats are, as usual, on course for a serious drumming. Tonight they polled at five per cent in a poll released by Opinium.
I can’t think of a time when the liberals have scored lower, and I think we’re looking at a repeat of what happened to the Liberals in Germany at the Federal elections there. The liberals here looks to be practically destroyed in May. We don’t have a parliamentary hurdle like they do in Germany, and some liberal democrats will keep their seats, but it does look like May is going to be absolutely brutal for them.
One of the reasons why Labour is falling apart is the after-shocks of the independence referendum in Scotland. The Scots seems to have gone through an ideological transplant, and look set to switch out nearly all their Labour MPs (of which there are 41 today) for Scottish National Party MPs. SNP have 6 MPs today, but I’ve seen speculations that they might get over 40 this time around. In addition The Greens are eating into Labour’s left vote. It is clear that Labour is going through ‘Pasokification’, a word coined this week which means a mainstream social democratic party falling apart before a more energetic, authentic, and active left-wing alternative. Like with Pasok in Greece, and PSOE in Spain.
In Greece Syriza is shoring up their base, and have flown around Europe scaring Merkel and her friends, while at the same time tens of thousands of Syriza’s allies in Spain, Podemos, have protested in Madrid. Also, the Irish left their houses to protest austerity in their tens of thousands today. 2015 looks like it’s going to be an eventful year all around the place.
Not so eventful, so far, for Mark and I. We are in a dull period of school, homework, and quiet evenings at home. There’s not much to say that would interest anyone. We haven’t even argued any lately. It’s all boringly cuddly and fine.