The Pencil Guy: Hourann's illogical blog

Premier Barnett!

It’s … not a surprise, but it also is a surprise, in that it really wasn’t long ago that Colin Barnett was retiring and the Liberals were screwed. Although I must say that “we’d have to rely on the Greens in the upper house” sounds like an awfully flimsy excuse, unless, y’know, the Nationals plan to push through legislation that sucks.

At least the opposition this time around won’t be so bad. But, given how much the last opposition sucked, and that they are now a minority government, I’m reserving judgement as to what we’ll see. (For instance: “government that has a social conscience”? Yeah, right.)

There’s definitely nothing that makes me hold my breath for anything spectacular out of this government — but then again, it still can’t be as bad as NSW! So I look forward to seeing hundreds of millions of dollars each year be poured into towns of a few hundred people, hospital waiting lists disappear, teachers to suddenly become superbly paid, crime rates to fall through the floor, and stamp duty to be cut.

(Ah, who am I kidding? I’ll be amazed if they pull off any one of those.)

  1. It could be as bad as NSW, in fact it could be a lot worse, but it won’t be simply because it’s a minority govt. Barnett knows that he only scraped in because Grylls was afraid of a revolt if he went with Labor. If the marriage turns out bad don’t be surprised if the Nats switch allegiance at some point. Unlikely, but still a possibility if the Libs continue in govt as they did in oppn.

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