It is now likely Labor will win back government in NSW in 2015, after O’Farrell’s double whammy this week of the Great Koala Shoot and the privatising of buses; which will mean, I guess, no buses to Palm Beach any more, and me in my eighties driving an hour to town and endangering life and limb, not always my own.
When will governments learn that privatisation loses votes? It killed Keating, Olsen, Iemma, Keneally and Bligh. It caused anti-privatisation landslides in each Australian jurisdiction. It stained Thatcherism forever, and the mumbling old crone will go to an unhonoured grave now, detested by all for her smashing up of whole communities and her driving to suicide of thousands of honest, decent, coal-mining husbands and fathers. It is slowly killing the Hawke-Keating-Kelty Compromise, as successive Qantas planes fall out of the sky and underpaid Asians load and repair them, and they fall out of the sky again, and tourists come here less and less and the storms of global warming shake and buffet each jerry-built aircraft and our economy shrivels for want of incoming overseas customers. Privatised into trauma getting here, and never coming back again. No way.
It’s never been liked and it’s never worked. People hate it. They hate it. Look at France, Greece, New Zealand and most of Africa. They hate it.
Why do it? Why do it?
O’Farrell will sell off the Opera House next, as a spare gambling venue and luxury flats.