Damage control in politics is a risky business

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Peter Adamis Abalinx 2 April 2017

What can one say when confronted with the unimaginable and the unexpected? Of course spin doctors get involved and they go into immediate damage control, is that not correct?  The results of the recent state council is but a rout for the three stooges, such as of the Scott Ryan, Mitch Fifield and Kelly O’Dwyer.

They have not gone into a strategic withdrawal as their vanguard of political wannabees such as Caroline Elliott and Fiona Ogilvy have been decimated. The three stooges ran a vicious campaign against Michael Kroger, only to fall on their swords so to speak.

The members of the Liberal Party Victorian Division have finally spoken out against the excessive negative influences of the above trio of recalcitrant. What occurred on Saturday was a reversal of fortunes for the above trio who brought down the likes of Sandra Mercer Moore some years ago. A copy of the article may be downloaded by clicking on:DAMAGE CONTROL IN POLITICS IS A RISKY BUSINESS 

It was Sandra Mercer Moore who should also share some of the credit for the downfall of Damien Mantach, for it was she who brought matters to the attention of senior members of the party. Although her warnings fell on deaf ears as a result of the cake whisperer and his negative character assassination actions, the outcome of the recent State Council redeemed and vindicated Sandra Mercer Moore. Today Caroline Elliott was noticeably absent from State Council and it is assumed that she has sought refuge in the desert amongst the other sycophant outcasts who were caught with their pants down.  Having blotted their political resumes, it is no use running to the three stooges for comfort and succor for there is no political future for Caroline Elliott or Fiona Ogilvy. 

The three stooges along with Matthew Guy and Jeff Kennett should be castigated for elder abuse if you ask me. Fancy trying to bring back Peter Reith who was suffering from an illness and is now convalescing at home after his recent stroke. The members of the Liberal Party, Victorian Division observed all of this and made their own minds up with the influence of the three stooges and their cohort of negative supporters. They are finished. What is need now is to recuperate, regroup, toughen up and work hard together towards supporting Matthew Guy to win government in Victoria. To do otherwise is only courting disaster and members will not be pleased if they observe attempts to bring back the negative forces of the three stooges. It is a time to look forward with confidence, gusto and with the enthusiasm that attracts likeminded individuals to work cohesively in a group.

Pre-selection’s need to be completed, members require to be trained accordingly, review of negative political campaign paradigms, funds raised, bruised and deflated egos massaged and leadership being demonstrated from the top down. Michael Kroger has won not only the leadership battle but also the battle for the hearts and minds of members. Members who for too long were being kept in the dark, watching less qualified and experienced individuals rising up the political structure only to be found wanting when the time came.

No more Old Boys Club, No more Old Guard, no more sycophants, no more recalcitrant, no more political stooges, no more Cake Whisperers, no more dirty deals, no more character assassinations, no more parliamentarians trying to influence and control preselection outcomes and certainly no more devaluation of the Liberal party beliefs. The members want a clean slate. What we hope to see is a new broom come in and rake out the old, the infirm, those glued to their seats as if they and they alone rule the roost. Those who believe that they have a God given right to dictate who is to be in their electorate and who is to be favoured with jobs at the parliamentary level, including their underlings.

I am no political oracle, but what I can see in the near future is a strong conservative centre that will eventually engulf and overwhelm the likes of Kelly O’Dwyer and the seat of Higgins, bringing it back into the fold so to speak.  I foresee Mitch Fifield and Scott Ryan being challenged in 2018 and James Paterson changing his tune as he sees that political structural alliances are not what they seem. We shall see the demise of the cake whisperers and those who have been devaluing the Liberal parry beliefs.  I will even go on record and state that one if not two members on Matthew Guys strategic campaign team are sacked or quietly edged out to some other parts of the Liberal party realm.

Further to the above, the final proof will come when we see the build-up in the eastern Metro region, where Bruce Atkinson is toppled from the roost where has ruled as the top cock of the East for many years. He will be replaced by a more vibrant, confident and younger members who are well equipped to take on the seat of Bruce Atkinson. There may even be an upset and find that Gladys Liu another pretender to the throne left by Richard Dalla Riva lose to her Indian sub-continent opponent.  Gladys Liu has worked hard to rise quickly, but in doing so has attracted the ire of the federal government with her financial backers being identified as being unsavoury towards Australia’s interests and it will work against her.

Even as we speak, Gladys Liu has fallen from favour and it is rumoured that she no longer has the blessing of the top echelon. What this translates into is that Matthew Guy will be able to move forward with confidence a deal that was struck with the Member for Kew, his Indian Sub-continent cobber and a past Defence Force Adviser to a senior Minister. All the Good work of peter Clark will be for nought. His Meet the candidates function held in Eltham in the past month was not a positive one as he had not invited all of the candidates.   Not a good move Pete. I have known Peter Clark since 1990 and although he is a good operator in some quarters, his strategic political analysis at times gets the better of him and sometimes plans go awry. One hope that his long term plans for Eastern Metro do not go the same way as his business dealings which brought him some stress, strife and almost grief.

Not to be outdone in the running stakes is Greg Mirabella who successfully ousted serge Petrovich who has worked hard to bring about some form order, stability and political coherence in an environment laced with political toxins and poisons. Serge will certainly be missed, but not all is lost as Donna Petrovich, Serge’s wife has been brought onto the Administrative Committee. I can see Greg and Sophie Mirabella at some time in the future, reviewing their political ambitions and jump ship to court those whose stars are now ascending.  Sophie may yet be able to return to the political arena should she make the right decisions which will favour her to return. I for one wish her luck and hope that Greg Mirabella will utilise his position on the administrative Committee in a fashion that is worthy of the Liberal party of old.

As for the leader, what can one say other to report that he was a dynamo and the audience rose up to applaud him and support his efforts to win back government with Matthew guy at the helm. There is fight still in that war horse Michael Kroger and now that he has the floor, one wishes him all the best for the political future. The Liberal party now has the political expertise at the top to pull off the unthinkable. Matthew Guy will need to pull his head and begin to listen to others other than the sycophants that have engulfed him and clouded his judgement and long-time vision of becoming Premier. He will not have to contend with people who unfairly hounded him and accused him of misdemeanours only to be brought undone in the court rooms. He will also have to disassociate himself with those who are holding him back from reaching the climax of his career. The top job as Premier of Victoria. Good luck to him if he is able to work with the very people he has sided against and look towards the future with confidence and optimism. Life is what it is. Up one day, down the next. Just keep getting up and fight the good fight. Never give up is my motto.

2015 and 2016 for me were years of reflection, treatment and recovery. Not to dwell on what could have been but to ensure that whatever time we have left is not squander in futile objectives that lead to nowhere. I intend to make life more meaningful and worthwhile, worthy of those who had a hand in making me who I am today.   Life as we know it can only be sustained by vigilance and with that vigilance comes responsibility. Let us hope that 2017 is a good one.

Peter Adamis is a Journalist/Social Media Commentator and writer. He is a retired Australian military serviceman and an Industry organisational & Occupational (OHS) & Training Consultant whose interests are within the parameters of domestic and international political spectrum.  He is an avid blogger and contributes to domestic and international community news media outlets as well as to local and Ethnic News.  He holds a Bachelor   of Adult Learning & Development (Monash), Grad Dip Occupational Health & Safety, (Monash), Dip. Training & Assessment, Dip Public Administration, and Dip Frontline Management. Website: abalinx.com Contact via Email: [email protected] or via Mobile: 0409965538



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