The Disaffected Lib: Harper is No Conservative. In His Black Soul, He’s a Mangy Junkyard Dog Posing as a Conservative.

Richard Benyon, a Tory MP and former environment minister under David Cameron, writes that Tony Abbott is no Conservative.  By Mr. Benyon’s standards, neither is Steve Harper. Mr. Benyon wrote an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald, in which he called out the Australian prime minister for rescinding the country’s carbon tax, pulling government ...

The Disaffected Lib: Australia Churns this Weekend

There’ll be few calm moments this weekend as Australians prepare for Tuesday’s “spill vote” that could see the removal of Tony Abbott as prime minister. Some Aussies are having a lot of fun with it.  There’s a group that blitzkrieged a pro-Abbott twitter account, #ImStickingWithTony. #ImStickingWithTony because gay muslim refugee Aborigines are trying to destroy ...

The Disaffected Lib: Well, They Do Have It Coming

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of Australia.  A new report claims that the ‘land down unda’ will be hit harder by climate change impacts than the rest of the world. It’s a real ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire’ predicament.  Most of the country is already miserably hot.  Adding ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Humiliation of Tony Abbott

Hosting a G20 summit is supposed to be prestigious.  You get the leaders of the world’s largest economies to come to your country, to gather in your town, to discuss the great problems of the day.   As host you even get to set the agenda for the summit.  You get to steer all those ...

The Disaffected Lib: OPEC Sees a Bright Future Ahead. Unfortunately, It’s Not Yours.

As far as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC, is concerned the future looks rosy.  In its latest outlook report, OPEC foresees $177 per barrel oil prices by 2040 and a market that will require an extra 21 million barrels a day over the next 25-years to meet growing demand. I expect you know ...

The Disaffected Lib: The New Republic Slams Harper, Abbott and Canada’s "Government of Thugs"

It’s an American publication so you’ll have to excuse the hyperbole.  The New Republic, in an article entitled, “These Two World Leaders are Laughing While the World Burns Up,” obviously conflated Stephen Harper and his Australian ventriloquist’s dummy, Tony Abbott, with “world leaders.” Canada once had a shot at being the world’s leader on climate ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Green Devil – Australia’s One Man Environmental Wrecking Crew

Tony Abbott is a man going to war.  His chosen target is Australia’s environment and, according to Foreign Policy, he means to do it in. Located at the bottom of the world, Tasmania is a bioregion so unique that it is listed as a World Heritage site by the United Nations for “outstanding universal value.” ...

The Disaffected Lib: Australia’s Senate Drops Climate Change Wrench into General Election

The contenders to form Australia’s next national government have night & day differences on climate change.   The incumbent, Labor’s Kevin Rudd, trails his rival, Tony Abbott’s Liberal Coalition, 48 to 52.  Abbott is a strong climate change denier. Now into the mix comes a bipartisan report from the Australian Senate, “Dangerous Degrees”, that warns Australia ...

The Scott Ross: The Real Problem For BC Liberals

It’s not the low poll numbers or the ethnic voter outreach controversy, the real problem for the BC Liberals is that there are BC Liberals who want a problem. Considering it was just 2011 when the federal Conservatives’ ethnic voter strategy made headlines it’s more than obvious that the current outrage against Christy Clark and ...