Parties need to branch out and engage grassroots supporters
OMPHALOSKEPSIS. It’s more than a killer Scrabble score. It’s a word literally meaning “navel-gazing” in a meditative, self-reflection kind of way. But you don’t need to ask a Buddhist monk about its finer points.
Look no further than your average political party after yet another humiliating election loss.
This year, it’s the turn of the Queensland Liberal National Party as former premier Rob Borbidge and his treasurer Joan Sheldon pick over the entrails of defeat in a 15-page report released last week.
As far as internal assessments go, it’s admirable in its frank and candid honesty. There’s no point gilding the lily when you’re sitting in irrelevance on the opposition benches.
In many ways, the Borbidge-Sheldon review (we hope its title is never shortened to initials) was predictable in detailing the bleeding obvious. We didn’t need to drill too deeply to find that unexpected public service sackings, an unpalatable asset privatisation policy, a seeming lack of public accountability and an arrogance and hubris borne of the Newman government’s huge majority were all factors in the LNP defeat.
But the report did offer