Sunday, March 27, 2011

Labor earnt it

Predictably, one of the biggest landslides since federation in the NSW state election.

It looks like the 93 seat parliament will have a maximum of 22 Labor seats, down from 50 in the last parliament.

It's no more than Labor deserved after years of incompetence with arrogance added to incompetence in the final weeks. The Keneally government ended its reign with two fingers to the electorate, pushing through making the Barangaroo development the only project in NSW exempt from planning laws on contamination and dissolving parliament in an attempt to avoid scrutiny of the electricity sell off give-away.

It shows us what politicians think of democracy, but also how useful it is for electors.

Will Premier-elect O'Farrell's government, and his promises, be any better than we've endured for so many decades I wonder. Experience says don't hold your breath.

It's a bad sign that his first comments are the usual pollie cliches - 'we have a mandate'...'we'll govern for all'...'promise to return honesty and accountability to government'.

They all say the same and we're always disappointed.

Think about the governments we've had over the last quarter century for example. They were led by Barrie Unsworth, Nick Greiner, John Fahey, Bob Carr, Morris Iemma, Nathan Rees, Kristina Keneally.

The state didn't go forward under their governments, didn't even stand still. We've been going steadily backwards. Roads, health care, transport, law & order, water, infrastructure in general...someone please give me a clue as to any progress we made under any of them.

Is it now a new dawn or a false dawn I wonder.

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