Cory Bernardi has left the Liberal party.
Big deal. He never showed up as an down under Keith Joseph nor is he an outstanding orator.
Is he a budding political genius. Nah. I saw him debate Penny Wong on same sex marriage at the Canberra press club. We should remember Penny Wong is a highly unimpressive woman. She comes from the Wayne Swan you must always be on topic political school thus we never know what she actually believes in.
Yet despite all this an despite me being very much against same sex marriage she easily bested Bernardi.
He claims to to a social conservative and economic liberal. Again this should appeal to me however Bernardi has yet to recognise the conflicts that occur when one is both. Most social conservative parties either here or overseas are economic conservative. They see the government as a controlling influence over the market as it was in the 50s and 60s.
As for the political implications. I cannot disagree all that much with Nick Economou.
If he was a man of principle he would resign his seat just as Don Chip should have many many moons ago.
See here for example.
It was highly significant that when asked what policies Turnbull had undertaken that were liberal not conservative ( my paraphrase) he could not name one.
It ain't even interesting