Face it, the local LNP pollies are being abandoned by their own parties along with the electorate. Warren Entsch, the Minister for Blogosphere, continues to bluster and bullshit about the massive insurance price rises, but it's all hot air. Entsch has so little respect in Canberra, even what previously would be considered a bipartisan issue is instead being ignored by Labor as get-square on Wazza. This was the same reason the government pulled financial support for needed ocean-protection infrastructure in the Torres Strait. MP Ewan Jones, the LNP member for Herbert (Townsville), has reportedly pleaded with Entsch to stay out of the issue and let cooler heads deal with the government - a suggestion Entsch has refused. Leaving Cairns unit and business owners to foot the bill.
Several prominent LNP members have indicated a desire to challenge Entsch's preselection, and a stoush is reportedly underway, according to a former LNP council candidate who's got his eye on this position.
Then Cairns Council, in a series of stunning decisions this week, has shown that disUnity is disInterested in 20th century democratic advancements like consultation, the rule of law, and spending within the budget. We've already reported on the sneaky non-agenda item to remove a vital section of bikeway on the Esplanade, which has been met with an explosion of derision from the public. When the danger of removing this section of bikepath was pointed out to Cr. James, his response was said to be akin to the statement "no facts will change my mind". With secret negotiations now underway for virtually all of the developer court cases, Manning has shown no compunction in discarding the Cairns Plan to shove rejected plans down our throats. Despite the continued statements to the contrary, the previous Schier council had a much lower number of court cases than the previous Byrne years, and most were wins for the people. These operational matters are now being rubber-stamped by city manger-in-waiting Peter Tabulo, who as development manager oversaw the development of the Cairns Plan. Tabulo now can't say "yes, massa" any faster as he tries to secure this job permanently. A real city manager wouldn't be allowing this kind of nonsense, which is leaving the council open to much more costly lawsuits for personal injury (Esplanade) and others. The rest of the councillors look to be asleep or dead, but all hoping it will be catered by Manning's Events Cairns, a step-up from Manning's Pies.
|HAVE YOU SEEN THIS VEHICLE SPEEDING |
SOUTH TOWARDS THE BORDER?
Finally the queen of LNP bad boys in Cairns, Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King. King's response to Campbell Newman as Cairns was stripped of almost $200M - "thank you sir, can I have another"! King's own office staff have been overheard in CBD haunts claiming that "Gavin's in meltdown". With the attacks coming from both outside as well as inside his own party, King must be already planning his exit speech.
His Chinese New Year planning has met with a slapdown from Cairns Council and the Mayor, and King's relationship with most of council is said to be "sickening". King is reported to be under the thumb of an LNP operative named Jeff Popp, who's Chief of Staff for Deputy Premier Seeney. King assistant Steve Grasso is said to have been a casualty of a Popp call to King shortly after his swearing-in.
With polls indicating that King is already on the ropes with the electorate in Cairns, Michael Trout and David Kempton are keeping their distance from King as he's clearly become politically toxic. They have their own Newman issues, with the communities soon to be flooded with alcohol, and the Trout family moving their "operation" to Yorkey's Knob.