Demise of the Liberal Party

Is it time to think the unthinkable: that the Liberal Party has run its course?

This concept would send shivers down the spines of many conservatives but can this supposedly nightmare scenario actually be avoided?

The very reason it could happen – and possibly should – is that the Liberals can no longer clearly articulate why they should govern Australia. The best rationale they offer is: you can’t trust Labor so you’d better stick with us. Well, sorry, but a lot of us have decided that is just not good enough.

That said, many are just as certain that Labor does not offer national salvation. Yes, it’s a mess all right.

Certainly, if the Liberals were to come apart at the seams, Labor would be the major beneficiary. But would Labor automatically become the perceived natural party of government and be entrenched for several terms or longer? Quite possibly not.

The rise of disaffected voters and the populist show-ponies pandering to their unease are slam-dunking Western liberal democracy to an extent unimaginable over recent decades.

Having gotten a taste of the energising power of successful protest, those voters who once “knew their place” are not likely to lie down quietly any time soon. Many of them have little to lose so they won’t fret about causing maximum disruption to the status quo. Hear Pauline Hanson roar.

In this climate, it is almost impossible to imagine Malcolm Turnbull regaining his mojo. Tony Abbott left a bad taste in too many mouths to be a realistic prospect of returning. Even John Howard would not attempt a Lazarus with quadruple by-pass (would he?).

The likes of Eric Abetz, Cory Bernardi, George Christensen and their fellow agitators all deserve ignominy. They have no developed platform to offer voters and achieve their media coverage simply by pandering to simplistic protest causes.

The possible demise of Australia’s most successful post-war political party is a sad prospect. Still, it is not providing the quality governance our nation needs desperately in current circumstances. Each day is like a death of a thousand cuts with no-one able to staunch the flow of blood. Thanks for nothing, Sussan Ley.

As for Labor, they deserve to reap the whirlwind of their cynical selfishness. Their infantile gutter-sniping negativity is no help to this nation in an hour of need. With no sensible plan to fix the budget and unite our community, they peddle jingoism and empty rhetoric to demonstrate their unworthiness for office.

We desperately need someone to craft a new, visionary and encompassing gospel capable of supporting another broad political church. The decline of our major parties is a train wreck too appalling to suffer any longer.