Public opinion of the new Cairns Council, Mayor "Sleepy" Manning, and the new local members Gavin "Don't Rape Me" King and Michael "Backhoe" Trout has tanked. Even the usual ignoramus Cairns voter has noticed that we've been stripped of the millions promised to this town. MILLION$ OF OUR MONEY, WITH CAIRNS A TOP-PERFORMING REGIONAL CITY IN FOREIGN INCOME. We bring the dosh in, send it to Brissy and Canberra, and get bugger all.
Even many of the LNP-centric city leaders have attacked these three good-for-nothing's. Finally today, in a moment of desperation, two voices appear to meekly defend these leaders.
Brett Moller. Tony Basha.
Moller can be discounted out-of-hand, after all his phony-baloney attacks on Mayor Schier and bullshit "report" on "explosion hazards on the waterfront". He's always been seen as an LNP puppet, with King now elbow-deep in this guy's arse. Now, Moller suggests we should not go back to "divide and negativity", an ax wielded by him wildly when it suited his own personal ambition. His letter is one "feel good" quote after another - in fact it's the same kind of crap that used to spew regularly from Andrew Griffiths when he, as PR person for CEC Group, tried to convince investors the company wasn't in free-fall.
Tony Basha's letter shows him to be an even bigger clown. Basha implores all to "take a deep breath" claiming absurdly "this scrutiny was not applied to the former members until after several terms of inaction".
Basha was a regular in the John MacKenzie "bash the pollie" brigade, frequently and obligingly putting the boot in Val Schier, the previous council, and the previous state members whenever Cueball snapped his fingers. Many recall Basha's attacks on Mayor Schier in the very first few weeks of her council in 2008 - and a search of Cairns Post archives show regular and vitriolic attacks from Basha in print. Also known in the Cairns restaurant fraternity as "the guy who never smiles". Funny, but his customers leave scowling too, after eating at his overpriced blah-foodery.
Why has the community turned on these new politicians so quickly? Because they have so quickly turned from being "community supporters" to party hacks. King, who was on record against the Entertainment Precinct project at $240M, readily supported it when it was cut back to $157M. This was his position at election. As was Warren Entsch. His party masters ordered him to abandon this position, he turned on his community with nary a concern for anyone but himself. Same as Trout and Manning. Suddenly their election promises went bye-bye, and it's now every man for himself. Politics at its abject worst.
But you've got to ask - why do the local parties keep putting up these blockheads and asking us to choose? What kind of choice for Cairns did we have? Where are the leaders, the visionaries? King, a loudmouth, anti-woman self-promoter, and Kirstin Lesina, a Council cipher with no life experience, an unused law degree, and a scowl. Shame on both the LNP and ALP for serving up these two as the "best of Cairns". And the LNP had to scrape hard for even King, with their first shoe-scraping Paul Freebody even too much for the LNP to stomach. Likewise at Council level. And the new Member for Barron River? The family ethics alone should give party leader's pause.
And then there's MP Warren "Minister for Blogs" Entsch, now a convicted drink driver. The only thing worse for the community than a drunk Entsch is a sober one. He's failed on every issue that should be a slam-dunk, even for an opposition member. Insurance overcharging. Flood protection for the Torres Strait. Safety for the Bruce and Cook Highways. And yet the LNP will put his arse up again in preselection, the ALP will trot out some worthless cretin, and we're expected to make a "democratic choice"? Why hasn't Tony Abbott at least forced Entsch to step down as whip (another job he failed at, hence the famous "run for the door" incident).
The LNP can't even trot out a reasoned, credible defence of these people because there IS NONE. A defence by Moller and Basha is a step backward, not forward.
We have met the enemy. He is us.