My former student colleague NSW Liberal Party leader Barry O'Farrell finally rejects proposed electricity privatisations in his state and sides with the union thugs while Federal Labor's Ear Wax Monster, Kevin Rudd, endorses earlier Liberal proposals to put schools of incentive contracts - money will be withheld if they do not provide decent academic outcomes - inviting attacks from his Labor state Government colleagues and the neanderthal teacher unions.
I am not sure if the ideological inconsistencies here are an instance of 'Tweedledum-Tweedledee' convergence or just opportunism. Farrell is desparate to win power in NSW and Rudd is suffering the perception of being a big talker but not doing much. Where are the computers that were to be provided to every school student?
O'Farrell's rejection probably means that the NSW electricity sector will not be privatised which should please those in the union movement who want high wages but low production efficiencies. This move seems blatantly political - as Catallaxy points out it runs against Liberal Party philosophy - there is widespread popular opposition to the privatisations.
I support Rudd's revisionist attempt to reinstate Liberal Policy although it is clear he faces opposition within the State Governments. If the States cave in and support the Rudd proposals they will be revealled to be the party-political hacks and hypocrites they are. Of course ingenuity is required to get the contracts working efficiently but the suggestion in the Rudd proposal to pay good teachers more if they work in underperforming schools sounds a promising way of offsetting the inefficiencies that will be intensified if poor performing schools only attract the worst teachers.