It’s just a jump to the left… then a step to the right
The South Australian Liberal Party today declared it ‘out lefts’ Labor on social justice issues, and will do more to shed its conservative image to “lure young voters”.
In the stampede to the political centre, parties’ traditional positions have been mashed beyond recognition.
In SA, Labor and Liberal have historically been trying to ‘out right’ each other, battling to be seen as the toughest on crime, on hoon driving, drugs and bikies.
But in this new world, where everyone wants to be seen as economically conservative and socially progressive, the Liberals want to “rebrand” themselves, slough off their image as the party for private-school tossers and old curmudgeons.
This is a Federal issue as much as it is a state one.
There are valuable votes to be had in cornering the market of young and not-so-young cynics. Those who are scorning the major parties are ripe for the plucking.
The Greens have benefitted so far, but there are rumblings afoot of the need for another sort of party to fill this important piece of political real estate.
What sort of party do you think could rise up? What would they be called?
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