The Fight For the Drinking Class Vote
Fred Plodge, the doyen of public bar politics in Australia, expresses his concern over the populist movements masquerading as political parties who are trying to plunder the drinking class vote away from his soon-to-be-launched Public Bar Party.
I don’t know what politics is coming to. Lately it seems like any tin-pot politician who can’t hack it in the major parties throws a wobbler and launches a pointless new populist party.
The Australian Sex Party turned out to be a one-night stand which thankfully never became Palmer United.
The Motoring Enthusiasts Party didn’t drive far with Ricky behind the wheel and then there were the PUP fallouts. Jacqui has built her party up to a confirmed membership of at least one but the Brick With Eyes failed to get enough of his mates cemented in to become a wall of support for his party.
Nick Xenophon has succeeded in getting enough of his party members into parliament to become a tedious nuisance and they are arguably the most reliable source of wind power in South Australia.
I’m especially ropable about Pauline. She’s pinched many of my Public Bar Party policies and as you would expect they’re proving to be the premier populist portfolio.
Public bars are the traditional breeding ground of the drinking classes. Further than that however they’re the forums of populist politics where so many ordinary men and women reach political puberty.
Now Pauline is presuming to snatch away a whole generation of public bar patrons that has taken me twenty years to build into a great political renaissance.
Her anti-Muslim policies are an exact copy of the Public Bar Party’s response to the Muslim boycott of all our meetings and social events
I still believe the Public Bar Party has what it takes to crush One Nation because of our superior on-the-ground network across every pub in Australia. Our potential party candidates lead political discussions in public bars every night of the week while Pauline’s people only turn up once every so often and rarely shout.
Cory Bernardi’s new party is not much of a threat to us because most of his potential supporters frequent non-populist lounge and cocktail bars.
I’m still open to the idea of a coalition with Pauline but the fact is she’s not at all the sort of person I’d normally choose to have as a trusted drinking mate.