On the downhill stretch

TWO years ago this week, a mild mannered mayor with very little flare was elevated to the highest office in the state.

Yes, it is the second anniversary of the LNP’s historic landslide victory.

And it’s been all downhill since then.


In just two years the LNP has lost four seats, had one minister forced onto the backbench, one disgraced MP forced to quit parliament and three MPs flee to other parties.

There are also some other fences they need to mend in the 12 months until the next election.

Premier Campbell Newman has personally peed off 14,000 sacked public servants – many of whom live in his now under threat electorate.

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney has peed off the Gold Coast with his flim flaming about the cruise ship terminal and decision to build a quarry where no one wants it.

Treasurer Tim Nicholls has peed off many with his faux privatisation listening tour where only selected, like-minded business types were actually consulted.

Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie is fighting with the entire judiciary AND a furious former solicitor-general.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg is fighting with doctors and the AMA.

Police Minister Jack Dempsey is fighting with bikies.

And Tourism Minister Jann Stuckey is fighting with just about everyone else.

Now dozens of the LNP’s own MPs are panicking because the polls are showing the Newman Government is facing a massive swing which could see up to 30 seats lost.

A shell shocked Premier this week said he is surprised at the level of criticism levelled at him personally.

“I think that more than a lot of political figures, either nationally or in this state, I have had a lot of criticism thrown on me,” Mr Newman told The Courier-Mail.

Seriously? Did he completely miss the whole Julia Gillard thing?

Mr Newman went on to blame the public for not listening to him, particularly when it came to asset sales.

“What distresses me, it really worries me, is that it is very hard to have this debate ­because there are whole ­sections of the community that just switch off,’’ he said.

“It is almost like people are just taking their democracy for granted.”

Nope, they are just fed up with politicians saying one thing and doing another.

Happy anniversary.



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