Steve Bannon sinks the dagger into Labor “elites”

Via The Australian comes Steve Bannon:

Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon says Labor’s Bill Shorten “snatched ­defeat from the jaws of victory” ­because he pandered to inner-city elites at the expense of ordinary Australian families.

“It’s the little guy who is the backbone of civic society but who is not outspoken … they don’t demonstrate but they pay attention,” Mr Bannon told The Aus­tralian in an exclusive interview from Paris. “That’s what the elites have forgotten — they think these people are stupid.

He said there were similarities between the Prime Minister’s victory and that of Mr Trump because, like Hillary Clinton’s Democrats in 2016, Labor was “in the bubble” rather than on the side of ordinary workers.

“They (Labor) came out and gave this big sweeping utopian ­vision of climate change and they were hailed by the media and by the urban elites, but it’s the little guy that knows it’s all going to roll downhill,” he said.

There is no reason why working people should want to see the destruction of the species. But put aside the climate change stuff and this is spot on. In particular, the pursuit of any environmental policy while radically growing your population reeks of the elitest hypocrisy that kills parties in the suburbs. Moreover, both are prime examples of the open borders extremism pushes folks to vote for nationalist parties like One Nation and United Australia Party. QLD went into open revolt, at the AFR:

Queensland has been transformed into a stronghold state for the Coalition, with preferences from Clive Palmer and Pauline Hanson helping the Liberal National Party secure a string of seats.

Labor’s first preference vote was at a record low of 27.33 per cent after Saturday’s federal election, coming as the LNP’s share increased by just 0.27 per cent, to a total of 43.46 per cent, as of Monday afternoon.

Labor’s drop in support boosted the Coalition through preferences from One Nation, Mr Palmer’s United Australia Party and Bob Katter, with the opposition failing to win any marginal seats despite a strong push from Bill Shorten.

There is still little or no understanding in post-Labor’s bodice-ripping for what went wrong, also at The Australian:

Victorian Labor MP Maria Vamvakinou has called on the ­future leadership group to reconsider its franking credits and negative gearing policies, declaring they would have a detrimental ­impact on working and middle-class Australians.

Ms Vamvakinou, a Left faction MP, said Saturday’s result showed the public had rejected Labor’s policies and class-warfare rhetoric.

Queensland Labor Right MP Milton Dick called on the ­future leadership team to immediately visit mining towns in central Queensland and “look people in the eye and hear their ­concerns”.

“I won’t sugar-coat this: it is a really, really tough result for us in central Queensland,” he said. “We have received some of our lowest votes there. We have got a hell of a lot of work to do to rebuild the trust in some of those mining and resources communities.

Do these people work for Labor of the Coalition? The party doesn’t need to abandon all principle. It needs to rediscover it if it is to bring working people back in. Negative gearing reform is popular. Franking credits are not. Coal is doomed no matter what we do as the world fights climate change. But there is nothing inevitable about the bizarrely hypocritical pursuit of population growth at the same time.

Sydney and Melbourne showed a similar class split geographic pattern, at Domain:

Inner-city Australia is turning its back on the rest of the country, swinging strongly to the political left in traditional Labor and Liberal strongholds and forcing both parties into battles across the nation’s suburbs and regional centres.

A breakdown of booth-by-booth voting patterns reveals how the electorates crowded around the centres of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth have taken economic and political steps out of kilter with the rest of the country.

In Sydney, the left made inroads into the north shore and improved its grip on the inner city while Labor shed tens of thousands of votes in the city’s western suburbs.

In Melbourne, the left made up ground in the traditional Liberal-leaning south-east, while losing support in the western suburbs.

These are the winners and losers of open borders ideology. One earning $200k+ and dining out every night on the cuisine of the world while the other watches on in real time as his/her living standards are crush-loaded out of existence.

Yet it is the elites that run the leftie media. Crikey wants to blame complacency:

Well Labor was taking a risk, but it didn’t have the courage or imagination to go further and make a case as to what this was all for, what sort of society they wanted to create. They were running for federal office like it was a state election, emphasising redistribution without talking about the whole picture. As I also noted. They bore the cost of their “big ticket” strategy, and gained none of the benefit from a more comprehensive vision. Which is pretty ironic, for a party that has become so economistic in its manner.

The Guardian campaign failures:

As much as the Liberal party might hate to admit it, independent Zali Steggall had an unbeatable advantage in Warringah – she had genuine grassroots support.

It might have started with a few disaffected moderate Liberal party members but the anti-Tony Abbott movement quickly swelled to a deep local army of passionate supporters. Then they found their local hero in Steggall – an Olympian and long-time resident – around whom they could coalesce.

That army went to work in the community. They held kitchen table discussions (literally) with friends and acquaintances; they pushed messages out on their social media feeds. Their aim was to convince their networks that Steggall was the real deal, and provided a viable way for voters to vent their deep concern about climate change and the direction of the Liberal party.

The mix of tactical policies that a rebuilt Labor Party puts forward are up for grabs. But, strategically, out of touch Labor elites are to blame for their loss. They will need to come down from their ivory towers and breath deeply upon the stink of the people they left behind. What they will find is people that want to put Australia and Australians first.

That should be Labor’s new touchstone as it rebuilds.

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