Tim Harrington, Lennox Head
In response to Lindy Stacker’s letter, taking a swipe (January 8), without the benefit of deep breathing and chamomile tea, I am pleased to learn that an Echo contributor (Phillip Frazer) is ‘an educated jurno with a professional approach and a capability for deep, analytical, political commentary’, and is perplexed at the voters not in agreement with his outlook.
Presumably the Hillary Clinton and Bill Shorten deplorables don’t have the capacity for any of those fine qualities, which are generously spread throughout the left wing media.
The deplorables, do have, at times, the ability to read and remember, and importantly vote.
As Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by some three million votes, apart from ‘Russian interference’, there appears to be other factors in her loss. The same happens in Australia, where, in the 2010 Federal election, an Abbott led Coalition received 5,365,529 votes and the Gillard led ALP only received 4,711,363, a shortfall of over 650,000, however, Julia Gillard became Prime Minister.
As for the claim that the media staged an anti-Bill Shorten campaign, it is difficult to reconcile with Bill Shorten having won 30 opinion polls verses Abbott, and over 30 verses Turnbull, and also won the final poll before the 2019 election.
It must have been a very last minute ‘anti-Bill’ campaign, when the usual left wing media suspects, Fairfax, Guardian, ABC, The Echo and Mungo and the Billi front bar etc led the Bill Shorten cheer squad.
Fortunately the deplorables, despite their lack of education and capability for deep, analytical, political commentary, still have the right to vote.