Mar 7, 2013

Right, said Ted, Liberal factional gangs have me done

Why did the Liberal Party cut Ted Baillieu loose? You have to examine the factional background of conservative forces in Victoria. The Right rump never much liked him.

Charles Richardson — Editor of The World is not Enough

Charles Richardson

Editor of The World is not Enough

Ted Baillieu

To understand yesterday’s political assassination of Ted Baillieu, you have to understand a bit about the factional background of the Victorian Liberal Party.

For about a decade — say 1997 to 2007 — two groups fought for control of the party organisation. I call them the Krogerites and anti-Krogerites, but you could just as easily call them “Team X” and “Team Y”; they were just groups of people, bound together by complex webs of history and chance personal factors, who competed for positions and jobs and preselections.

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53 thoughts on “Right, said Ted, Liberal factional gangs have me done

  1. Carbon Footprint

    I wouldn’t attribute too much of this to policy and ideology. Poor opinion polls and a Victorian recession endangers all leaders. Ted’s moderate positions-usually to the left of Brumby was accepted as long as he could win elections.

  2. Sharkie

    Steady decline in Liberal party members and a takeover by the lunatic fringe right allows the likes of Shaw to get preselected.
    Usually the wing nuts only get put up in un-winnable seats. Given the current federal polls, we are likely to see some genuine tin foil hat wearing freaks heading to Canberra after the election.
    Throw in their facebook pages, twitter accounts and blogs and its Good news for political satirists.

  3. Peter

    Yep – nobody can hold a candle to the right of the right when it comes to hating.

    Nothing much positive to contribute, just fear and loathing.

    You could see this coming a mile off when Baillieu won. Way too moderate – useful to win an election for them, but once in, the road was clear for News Ltd to start waging the regime change campaign on behalf of the malignant underbelly of the Libs. Whatever it takes.

    Kind of funny though how the Liberal Party hates both liberalism and old-school responsible conservatism.

  4. Gavin Moodie

    Except that Baillieu’s response to Gonski was mischievous, negative but hopefully not as destructive as it was designed to be. Surely that would have attracted the support of the Victorian Liberal Right and Murdoch’s mouthpieces.

  5. Jimmy

    Interesting that Tony Abbott today said this was very different to Gillards disposal of Rudd when what seems to have caused it are a dysfunctional leadership style that paralysed the govt,the sniping of some factional leaders against someone hwo is essentially unaligned and extraordinary pressure form News Ltd.

  6. Jimmy

    Gavin Moodie – I think the GOnski thing, and even perhaps the resignation, was just Ted acting on instructions from the Feds.

  7. Gavin Moodie

    I suggest that like Labor, the Liberals have different organisations in each State and federally which act significantly independently of each other. Baillieu’s destructive attack on Gonski was far more astute than anything Pyne or anyone else in the federal Coalition has expressed.

  8. Jimmy

    Gavin – Just because Ted was more astute than Pyne doesn’t mean the orders didn’t come from Abbott and co.
    FOr mine the Liberal premiers have been instructed to make life as hard for Gillard as possible, fit her for every inch and let the boys in News ltd describe her popular policies as embattled. I mean why else would Ted say we don’t want over $1b in funding, we just want you to contribute to this $400m?

  9. Gavin Moodie

    I suggest that Liberal premiers would prefer a Liberal prime minister and seek to undermine federal Labor to achieve that end. It is something they want to achieve themselves – they don’t have to be told by the federal parliamentary Liberal leader. If Liberal premiers are beholden to anyone, it is to their State Liberal organisation.

  10. Jimmy

    You may be right Gavin and in the end the result is the same, however there are plenty of rumours doing the rounds that Ted was told by the feds to go so that he stopped hurting Tony’s chances.

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