The following article from Spectator Australia
The decrepitude of Victorian politics as the November election approaches is eclipsed only by the obscene self-indulgence of its practitioners.
The state’s political class is comprehensively talentless, comprised of the factionalised remnants of Andrews’ government largely operates absent of democratic or budgetary limitations.
Victoria’s circus-like state opposition is ripping itself apart at the very moment non-Labor voters are in search of someone (anyone) to cauterise the damage inflicted by Labor’s recklessness.
The bovver boys and girls that occupy the government benches sit in Parliament because most are unemployable elsewhere. In this, the opposition is not immune.
Government, in the once massively wealthy state of Victoria, long ago ceased concerning itself with the interests of those who pay for it. Taxpayers and their ‘hard-earned’ dollars are merely a means to a (political) end for Labor.
The benches of both houses of Victoria’s Parliament (yes, there are still two) are littered with time-serving, self-indulgent, visionless individuals comfortable treating voters with contempt. Promises are made and routinely broken, statements are made which are manifestly untrue, and distractions are created to smother a multitude of disasters across government. Hundreds of state-funded operatives are employed by Andrews to hone and target messages that they’ll deliver in the government’s interests.
It’s now inescapable that a core reason Victoria is wallowing in a swamp of debt and mismanagement is the total absence of talent, honesty, and morality across and within the political level of government.
Trust and ability are also absent from the game.
In the eight years Andrews has presided over Cabinet he has politicised the once fine Victorian public service and created fear and loathing amongst its upper echelons. Failure to meet the Premier’s wishes can be fatal to those occupying or aspiring to high office. Wanting more of the same, Andrews has declared he’ll remain a full four years as Premier should he win on November 26.
Many in the Andrews’ orbit (including multiple cabinet ministers) have witnessed close-up the fury and spiteful viciousness of this individual. Remember the merciless undermining of former Health Minister Jenny Mikakos who was then summarily sacked having done the Premier’s bidding at the start of Covid…?
On June 24 of this year, four-time-servers in the Andrews’ circle all quit on the same day in a tightly stage-managed announcement in which wholly insincere and obsequious praise was heaped on each in separate statements by ‘the’ leader. The only thing worse than not being thanked by Daniel Andrews, is being thanked by him. Insincerity is now the hallmark of this discredited Premier.