Credit where credit is due. The newest version of Scott Morrison being presented to the public appears to be well-chosen. Perhaps it shouldn't come as a surprise considering his carer in advertising, but ScoMo (or more appropriately ScumMo) has certainly been received favourably in many corners of the media and finds something of a happy medium (providing you can stomach inhumanity towards refugees and enslavement of the coal industry of course) just by having neither Turnbull’s patronising verbosity or Abbott’s oafish self-caricature- but that is a pretty low bar to judge success on.
Still I hope people aren’t buying this idea that their newest Prime Minister is a relatable man of the people, who kind of fell into the job, acting as a peacemaker between fighting factions. There has been a fair bit of evidence reported (and quickly forgotten) that he orchestrated much of the infighting. Moreover, an honest man of the people has almost no chance being elected leader of the Liberal Party (but still a better chance than a woman of the people I suppose).
Because ScumMo is not a man of the people any more than Alan Jones, Pauline Hanson or anyone else who makes their living out of such a pretence. ScumMo is a calculating deceiver who believes it is better to lie now and hope public interest moves on before he is caught out. He did it all through his time as treasurer, painting a rosy sheen on the Coalition’s farcical economic mismanagement.
He famously did it as Immigration Minister when he lied about Save the Children workers coaching refugees to threaten self-harm (for which he taxpayers later paid over $1000000 in compensation) and he has shown he will continue to do it as Prime Minister with his claims we are on track to meet our Paris Accord targets, and his refusal to accept the federal energy regulators findings about renewable technology or the IPCC’s reports about the dangers of Coal Power.
The man may have a catchy turn of phrase and have a look of earnestness as he speaks, but you can’t trust a word he says. I hope Australia isn’t buying what he is selling.
The country can’t afford to pay for another dud for too long.