Bravo! Weatherill slays troglodyte Turnbull

Great stuff today from Australia’s best contemporary political leader, Jay Weatherill:

Jay Weatherill has accused Malcolm Turnbull of intervening to “politicise a state emergency” after South Australia’s devastating statewide blackout in 2016, saying this ultimately led to his demise as prime minister because he was needlessly wedged “between the Labor states and his right-wing partyroom” on energy policy.

The former Labor premier, who lost the South Australian election in March, said the Turnbull government, “for base reasons sought to politicise a state emergency”, and ended up as “the proud owners of a broken national electricity market”.

“And this is quite a feat because constitutional responsibility for energy actually resides with the states,” Mr Weatherill said.

“Malcolm Turnbull walked into the most dangerous of places in Australian politics — between Labor states that he required agreement with and his essentially right-wing Coalition partyroom — and he was trapped. And that’s the story of his demise.”

That is exactly right. While the Australia’s busted Fake Left press is busy bodice-ripping over the dumping of Turnbull and his supposedly fabulous climate credentials, Weatherill’s recollection of SA’s “Enron moment”, as we called it, is spot on.

The federal government did politicise the SA power shock. It was triggered when the east coast gas cartel price gouge forced several SA gas generators offline and they could not be tapped after severe weather disrupted wind power. Turnbull instead ruthlessly blamed renewables.

This was a dark echo of US politics at the turn of the Millennium when Enron deliberately rationed power to California to drive up prices. George W. Bush backed the company and Arnold Schwarzenegger over Democratic Governor Gray Davis and won the state for Republicans in an election boilover. Enron collapsed into infamy shortly afterwards.

Weatherill did a great job then as he is now tearing the federal Coalition a new one:

Following his SA misdirection, Turnbull deployed the renewables slowing NEG which was basically a subsidy for coal power and handed a One Nation controlled senate a veto over climate policy.

Turnbull was not some fabulous progressive leader rolled by climate troglodytes. He was a hollow, do-nothing wind vane who trashed just about every policy he touched, not least energy and climate, and who thoroughly deserved the guillotine.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. DLS, spot on. A gutless man in a time that requires vision with a capital V. The worst jellyback polly Australia has ever seen.

    Groucho Marx: “Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them…well I have others.”

    • And the thing is that if he had the vision and strength to implement change he would have become too popular for the right wing to roll.

      • Correct, but he did not have the intestinal fortitude to take the high road. He’ll end up a footnote in history as a result.

      • Rudd was off the charts popular with the punters back in the day too, but after he got clever and announced a mining tax the minerals lobby destroyed him for less than the cost of a few hours operating profits.
        Malcolm is a smart guy who was always about Malcolm first and foremost, realpolitik meant he was never going to take on the oligarchs, especially with this episode fresh in his mind.

        The only way the public are going to win in the current political game is for things to get so bad some smart masochistic JFK or Whitlam type decides to stand up and take on the system knowing that it will eventually destroy them personally but conceding that the price is worth it.

        Other than that we are left with Dunning Kruder types like Hansen etc.. that hit a few targets in some places but are dumber than dumb in other areas and subsequently create as many, if not more problems than they solve.

        Or we possibly may possibly get an Obama-esque orator that will sell the dream of change and deliver exactly nothing.

  2. Said this about Malcom when he very first took the reigns – much to the chagrin of many. Live and learn.

    LNP and conservatism is a genetic condition – not a political view.

  3. “Turnbull was not some fabulous progressive leader rolled by climate troglodytes. He was a hollow, do-nothing wind vane who trashed just about every policy he touched”
    Maybe he was do nothing, maybe he wasn’t. But the important question is how long would he have remained as liberal leader and PM if he had started pushing progressive policies? This is the reality you are missing. It doesn’t matter who the leader is they simply can’t defy the parties wishes.

  4. I think Turnbull just wasn’t very good at politics, he was popular with the people because he was self-made and appeared progressive, but when it came down to the politics and managing the conservative wing – couldn’t do it. Just shit at managing people in a positive way, he is better at destruction, much like Tony Fabbit.

  5. Bugger off shorten, bring in Weatherill. Progressive policies and a cut to immigration while maintaining the refugee intake. If only it was that simple 🙁

  6. Oh dear, Mal’s presser just now was shameless.

    “Well, I certainly support Steven Marshall’s policies. I think he’s given … He is just an extraordinary breath of fresh air for South Australia. And what he’s doing is making sure that South Australia, which has, as we heard in the presentations today, you know, an incredible renewable energy resource, huge wind resource, has the storage and the back-up to make sure that it’s reliable and I think, you know, with the benefit of hindsight, I think even the most devoted supporters of the Labor party in South Australia would say that it should have been done earlier but, just as I said earlier, you can’t live your life backwards, so Steven is getting on with the job and doing a great job in South Australia.”

  7. I don’t know what the current official state of play for brainfart 2.0 is, but close rumours tell me there’s raised eyebrows throughout SMEC. It’s not like they don’t have years of data to rely upon for the reality of the economics & workability of it, & it’s said to not stack up. But Malcolm wanted his face chiseled out of the side of the mountain so nothing else matters.

    • If it gets up (it has merit for load-levelling and reduced NEM price volatility), it will be for “nation-building”.
      Turnbull will then deserve a Blue Cow ski run named after him.

  8. “Australia’s best contemporary political leader, Jay Weatheril” Is this is a Far Side cartoon?