Libs did not win, Labor lost

Peter Matters writes: Re. “Abbott: from ‘unelectable’ to Australia’s 28th prime minister” (yesterday). You are giving Abbott too much credit.  He would not have got anywhere with his obsessive and malicious abuse of Julia Gillard without the generous help of Murdoch’s baying hounds joining his attack from the front nor without a generous dose of back stabbing from Kevin Rudd. Like all successful pollies, he has had the luck of circumstances going for him — he did not make that luck.

As for beating Rudd at the election, he had the luck of facing a Labor Party bent on its favourite sport — self-destruction.

The men in dark glasses

Alex Tewes writes: Re. “First Dog on the Moon” (Friday). Dog is first thing I look for in each day’s email, and the item that generates the most discussion either on Facebook or with other subscribers. However, Friday’s edition left me chilly as I remembered living through times like those illustrated by First Dog. My family escaped from Argentina in 1973, just as the Dirty War was just getting underway. I remember when the father of one of my friends from across the street was “disappeared” by the men with dark glasses. Nobody would talk to the family; nobody would even look at them for fear that you might be associated with them. Some weeks later the family moved away. I never saw them again.  Pity that god doesn’t exist, because if he did I would ask fervently that such days never come to Australia.

The lesser of two evils

John Richardson writes: Re. “Crikey says: it was Labor wot lost it” (yesterday). So, Crikey opines that Tony Abbott will become Australia’s 28th prime minister “because he never really buggered it up like many thought he would. And the other mob buggered it up at almost every step”.

In other words, we now have a prime minister and government elected by default or, as others might put it, “the lesser of two evils”.

Either way, the only thing that is certain is that politics in this country continues to put appearance ahead of substance … that 20% of the primary vote didn’t go to either of the major parties surely speaks to that truth and the lamentable health of our so-called democratic system.

Just like the old story of the two butcher shops, the big end of town owns and runs both major parties, who offer the same steak knives but regularly change the packaging and pricing to keep the punters busy running up and down between them, in the vain hope that they might one day get a better deal!

“Australia open for business” indeed.

The real flavour of the new PM

Mary Sinclair writes: Re. “Richard Farmer’s campaign bites” (Friday). Political TV cooking. Abbott was wooden and unrelaxed, and his interaction with his daughters was stilted and cold. Not sure what you’re used to in the family kitchen preparing a meal and dinner table conversation if this presentation changed your opinion of him. Rudd on the other hand, as weird a guy as he is, was relaxed, open and candid. His daughter, Jessica, is intelligent and savvy and she obviously has a warm and loving relationship with her dad.