The longer we go without Carps, the less I miss him, but the Barnett Government has been a revelation. You can understand a Government being accused of being asleep at the wheel after several terms, but I’ve never heard of one falling asleep as it was taking power. It seems that Colin is having it both ways (as they do in Asia), becoming Premier and going into retirement at the same time. And the first time he wakes up from his ancient slumber, he finds Noel Chriton Brown syphoning his petrol, helped by one of his own ministers.
What happened to this young go-getter in the picture? I quite like the asleep at the wheel approach in some ways. The best thing about the Barnett Government is the things they’re not going to do, particularly the foreshore embarrassment, and not giving money to country bumpkins after all. Not doing those two are worth a lot. Snatching the theatre from Heath Ledger’s dead hands was pretty good too.
I am actually more scared of Colin doing something. Why is he threatening to stick his clumsy hands back into resources and the midwest, when he was a complete disaster in the Court Government? Everything he touched in resources fell into an expensive heap. And why throw money down the toilet that is the midwest? The Sydney preferred to sink with all hands rather than visit Geraldton, and the Chinese won’t want that poor grade iron ore now anyway.
On the other hand, Carps was a bit of a “New Bastard.”