Cheryl Kernot exposes the insidious evil of former Liberal Party operative Lynton Crosby, now destroying British democracy:
In 2001 I was seeking re-election to an outer Brisbane seat as a Labor candidate, having won this second most marginal constituency in [Australia] by 176 votes in 1998. In both campaigns I experienced first-hand the “under the radar” Crosby tactics.
Kernot prefers to keep her tactics under the covers.
While the Westminster village has been preoccupied with the big picture of national issues, Crosby will have been orchestrating campaigns of personal attacks and innuendo in marginal constituencies: that the Labour sitting member is not a local, that they are more interested in seeking a place on the frontbench, that they are soft on crime/immigration/abortion.
What if they are soft on crime/immigration/abortion?
And in the background of the national campaign Crosby will have been conducting a war of attrition against the public broadcaster, claiming bias and unbalanced coverage.
Think he’ll be able to prove anything?
An Australian newspaper freedom of information request revealed that, during the 2001 campaign, 75 per cent of all complaints from all political parties to the public broadcaster, the ABC, had come from Crosby. BBC take note. And constituents, even those with unlisted numbers, should prepare themselves for automated message calls from Michael Howard. Ask him where he got your number.
Good luck getting answers from an automated message.
Having improved my vote by 6 per cent prior to the focus on asylum-seekers, I still lost my seat in 2001, but thanks to my Scottish grandparents I’ve been fortunate to have lived and worked in the UK for two years now.
Is Kernot suggesting that she was expelled from Australia? If so … yay us.
Crosby’s tactics represent a truly serious threat to the civility and robustness of British democracy and the way most politics is conducted in this country. It may be all downwards from here on. A “colonial” legacy of the worst kind.
Please never come back.
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