Jul 29, 2014

PUP could be a force to be reckoned with in 2015 Qld election

Although some of Clive Palmer's aspirations remain unrealised, there are historical reasons to expect his Palmer United Party will prove a contender when Queenslanders go to the polls next year.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

With four seats in federal Parliament to his party’s name and a government that sweats on his every move, Clive Palmer has good cause to feel pleased with the progress of the party he founded barely 18 months ago. Nonetheless, a number of Palmer’s stated aspirations continue to go unrealised. He is not, contrary to the ambition he proclaimed before the federal election, our nation’s prime minister. Nor did his party succeed in making its lead candidate at the Tasmanian election in March, one Kevin Morgan, the state’s premier — despite claims Palmer was making at the time from his secret internal polling.

But as any Palmer watcher can tell you, these are trivial details next to the ambition that really motivates him to get out of bed in the morning — ending the political career of Queensland Premier Campbell Newman. That particular date with destiny looms when Queensland’s state election comes due in the first half of next year.

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4 thoughts on “PUP could be a force to be reckoned with in 2015 Qld election

  1. zut alors

    ‘…Palmer would do well to keep his enthusiasm in check, alien to his nature though that may be.’

    Further bad behaviour at a federal level may taint Palmer; the value of PUP remains to be seen over the next few months and Palmer’s own antics, in particular, could ruin his chances. A few challenging interviews (such as the one with ABC’s Sarah Ferguson) where he displays petulance and arrogance may bring his sunshine-fuelled juggernaut to a stop.

  2. klewso

    Some of the things he says? Why can’t you “kid the media” to get them in a lathery tizz? They do it all the time.

  3. Bill Hilliger

    Klewso: those in the MSM that just about pass as churnalists, stenographers and typists most times would not know when they’re being kidded.

  4. AR

    Money talks but it does not listen.

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