Abbott’s Rules of Opposition

Tony Abbott has just destroyed the Labor party in the Aussie elections, but how did he do it when everyone said he was unelectable?

In ripping labor a new one Tony Abbott has essentially written a new rule book for destroying a government.

Tony Abbott is promising again and again that he will lead a “methodical, measured, calm” government. But he’s overlooking something. He’s just finished writing a rip-roaring new guidebook on how to be a successful opposition.

It’s the Abbott model of how to destroy a government. And guess what? The Labor party noticed.

I doubt our own Labour party will notice. They seem to think the best way to destroy National is bad mouth John Key.

Abbott’s Rules are: 

Rule No. 1: Don’t give the government a thing. Fight it up hill, down dale, day in day out. Be strident, be angry, be unreasonable. Apply maximum pressure and see what cracks.

Rule No. 2: Don’t allow the government to control the narrative. Make a lot of noise. Fill the airwaves with angry dissent and maximum outrage. Generate an impression of disorder. If you control the narrative, you control the psychological battlespace.

Rule No. 3: Exploit the deadliest of all contemporary policy issues, the one that was central to the downfall of the last three prime ministers: climate change. This remains a potent issue and will remain so for years.

Angry and useless won’t work though…Phil Goff tried that. Angry and unconvincing won’t work either, David Shearer tried that before quitting. Labour has never control the narrative, they keep ceding it to the Greens when they do manage to wrest the narrative off the government. Labour are wedded to climate change…John Key pretends he is, but the world is changing, who will change first?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.