Party games playing with our future
FORMER federal Liberal MP Peter Lindsay has been outed as a rat in the ranks of the LNP’s bid to win the next state election. Mr Lindsay leaked private LNP polling to metropolitan media outlets late Friday in a bid to de-stabilise the leadership of the LNP’s John Paul Langbroek. The private polling showed Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman a better bet to lead the LNP into the next election, likely in February next year. Mr Lindsay, in cahoots with LNP president Bruce McIver, is mounting a campaign to lure Mr Newman to state politics to ensure the conservatives win the next election. The LNP caucus has every right to pick and choose its leader. But what should concern the citizens of the state of Queensland is why backroom men such as Mr Lindsay and Mr McIver have taken it upon themselves to de-stabilise the party’s leadership within 12 months of the next election. This is classic LNP politics which will once again play into the hands of the Labor Party. Two old warlords, clearly past their use-by-date, trying to exert their own form of influence on the leadership. Local LNP candidates David Crisafulli ( Mundingburra), John Hathaway ( Townsville) and Sam Cox ( Thuringowa) are entitled to be angry with Mr Lindsay’s botched attempt at playing kingmaker. Cr Crisafulli must now make a decision on whether he wants to keep Mr Lindsay as his campaign manager. Certainly if Mr Langbroek has his way, there’ll be a change. One of the major differences between the Labor Party and the LNP in Queensland is discipline. The ALP has its squabbles but they are kept in-house. The LNP has its tensions and they are splashed across the front page of newspapers and become the hot topic on radio talkback. That type of undisciplined, ego-driven approach to governing – or not governing in this case – is the primary reason the LNP hasn’t been elected to office in 15 years. Queenslanders want a strong, policy-driven Opposition that can take the battle to Premier Anna Bligh and give them an alternative leadership option. They don’t want a factionalised, weak Opposition that is run by faceless men with their own personal agenda. For the umpteenth time, we issue a challenge to the state members of the LNP. Either parachute Campbell Newman or Shadow Treasurer Tim Nicholls into the leader’s role now, or move on and give Mr Langbroek the certainty and confidence needed to be the alternative Premier. Ms Bligh and her Labor Party colleagues must be giggling. Mr Lindsay made a habit of backing the wrong leadership horse when he was a federal Liberal MP. It seems like old habits die hard.