- Sep 29, 2006
- AFL Club
I know that it's very popular to write off partys after huge election defeats like the one we've just seen in Victoria and the one is inevitably coming at federal level but there seems to be a real existential crisis within the Libs at the moment with both factions refusing to concede any ground in the fight for the soul of the Party. If this infighting can be only barely disguised in government heaven only knows what the dispiriting nature of facing a sizeable majority in opposition might bring out. There's a distinct possibility that the Coalition could fracture if the in fighting becomes such that the Nationals feel they're better off going it alone, or the far right of the Libs take control of the Party and they feel that being in coalition no longer represents the best interests of their voters. This would in itself leave the Libs with a sizeable problem retaining power in itself but also if the far right do gain control of the party it would seem that a split by moderates would be a real possibility and vice versa. Whatever happens the post election wash up in the Liberal Party will be fascinating, if they've learned from Labor and let's face it most of us thought they might have learned from R/G/R master class in how not to govern, but no, they will quietly regroup and focus on regaining government. I suspect egos may not allow this and we could see blood letting unseen in this country since the ALP split of 1955.