LABOR SERVED A BAD BOWL
IN the last series of the excellent HBO series The Wire, fictional Baltimore mayor Tommy Carcetti finally gets power to be faced with his predecessor’s budget legacy, described as a “bowl of dog s**t”.
WA’S bowlful is the $3.5 billion deficit and potential $41 billion debt crisis, which Labor has to solve. Premier-elect Mark Mcgowan has already said the State’s spending will be investigated, but it is the solutions that should be tackled with vigour, imagination and, one can only hope, a little cunning. Otherwise he will pay at the next ballot box, because voters know they could be paying for debt for generations. The Liberal Party has lost, but now its remnants need to have clear heads, back measures that clear debt or voice plainly and loudly what will not work. They may almost be a rump party now, but should consider the lesson in history of a small group of MPS in the English Civil War’s post-1648 Rump Parliament that was cohesive enough to help create legal and trade reforms that endure to this day.
Jon Bassett - Reporter