The Lamentable Lidia Thorpe

Having been there, done that, Thorpe's move to the cross bench is for all the wrong reasons.

The Lamentable Lidia Thorpe

Watching the lamentable Lidia Thorpe quit the Greens political party brought back plenty of memories.

It was in 2017 I decided to leave the Liberals while sitting as a senator. It was one of the toughest things I have ever done in politics and I have no regrets.

It was also an eye-opening moment about how tribal politics has become.

Previous 'friends' were now openly hostile and it proved a great filter to find out who your true mates were.

Of course the real pals were disappointed but, in my case at least, many understood the reasons why I felt the need to leave.

Some felt I should have left the Senate altogether upon quitting the Liberal Party.

That was certainly an option I considered, but in the end, I chose to try and effect reform through external pressure within the parliament rather than leave.

Depending on your perspective, it may have worked, or been an abject failure.

The Liberals eventually dumped Turnbull (who was destroying them) but his departure killed off any electoral prospects for the fledgling Party I started.

That became publicly clear with the election result.

Thorpe however seems on a different path.

I presume she will start her own political party or movement.

That will mean, for the first time in history (that I know of) Australia will have a genuinely race based party in parliament pushing openly racist policies.

That's not good for Australia and I hope her efforts are a dismal failure.

It was also telling how the usually vocal and attention seeking Thorpe refused to answer any questions from the media immediately after making her announcement.

It was an act of cowardice from someone who loves the limelight but hasn't got the courage to be truly accountable for her public statements and actions.

Perhaps that's because she can't truly explain why she left the Greens.

Sure, her colleagues didn't like her and that feeling was reciprocated. She claims they had policy differences over the Voice but she stopped short of saying she wouldn't back the Voice. She also said she's follow the Greens on other policy matters.

That demonstrates what a lazy thinker Thorpe.

She's essentially committed to following the decisions of a political Party she just dumped.

There was no mention of principle or a value set she would subscribe to, just ranting about further dividing the country along racial lines.

While some may consider my next comment to be self-serving, I shall make it anyway.

After I made my announcement to the Senate that I was leaving the Liberals, I fronted the media and told them I would stay there until I had exhausted their questions.

That process took nearly an hour but it allowed me to explain why I left and what my goals in doing so were. For me. it was about being as transparent as I could be during a very emotive and tense time.

I felt that was the right thing to do.

Perhaps because I was always being challenged by the media for even the most innocuous things, I thought I might as well be as upfront as I could. It's called being accountable.

Thorpe has never been accountable.

Because she's a Lefty with a childlike mind prone to petulance, she's largely been given a free pass for her lamentable views.

Now she'll feel freer to champion them in an even more offensive fashion.

I hope that results in everyday Australians seeing the poison that's really at work within these race-based activists.

They hate our country while taking as much as they can from it.

Perhaps now the media will do their job and expose this terrible agenda for what it is.

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