Could it hap­pen here

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

IT couldn’t hap­pen here could it, a Trumpian revo­lu­tion?

Like most peo­ple, I’ve watched the past week’s events in the US with ut­ter fas­ci­na­tion.

I’ve seen dis­cus­sions here where com­men­ta­tors reckon that such an out­come is not very likely given our econ­omy, fa­mously re­ces­sion-free for an en­tire gen­er­a­tion, is in stark con­trast to the poverty rag­ing, in ev­ery sense, in the US.

I beg to dif­fer, and ex­pect to see that view vin­di­cated at the next elec­tion.

That’s be­cause it’s not just about eco­nom­ics.

It’s also about the cul­ture wars, and the things that peo­ple hold high as their ba­sic values.

The fierce­ness of the slang­ing match that sur­rounds the cul­ture wars sug­gests that for many peo­ple their ide­o­log­i­cal po­si­tion is the mod­ern sub­sti­tute for re­li­gion.

The most ar­tic­u­late and noisy par­tic­i­pants in this bat­tle have dom­i­nated the me­dia.

Trump’s vic­tory has been a mile­stone mo­ment in si­lenc­ing that quar­ter, at least for a lit­tle while.

On the other hand, lo­cally, a whole lot of peo­ple who might have, say, pro Pauline Han­son sym­pa­thies, will feel much more em­bold­ened to ex­press their views and will fell less iso­lated.

We shouldn’t forget how well One Na­tion polled in its first in­car­na­tion. Now, 15 years later, the times seem rather well suited to another foray by One Na­tion.

One Na­tion polled strongly in Queens­land in the last Fed­eral elec­tion, manag­ing to se­cure 7.96 per cent in Dou­glas Shire – and now the next state elec­tion is not that far away.

Pauline Han­son knows how fer­tile her ter­ri­tory is up here, hav­ing vis­ited FNQ sev­eral times quite re­cently and fur­thered the work on re-es­tab­lish­ing her party.

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