WHAT AN AMAZING election result … although, I had always felt it would be a lot closer than everyone thought. Now many people are now asking how the pollsters could have got it so wrong?
In actual fact, they weren’t that far out. Rather, it was more a heavy bias in media coverage which fanned the Labor fever.
So, How DID the Coalition Manage to Win?
This week, there has been much analytical dissection of the issues leading up to the “surprise” win.
However, there was ONE fundamental underlying reason – which is explained in a fascinating book I read about 5 years ago, called Pendulum.
It explored the re-occurring 40-year Cycles of change throughout Western society – which dictate the overall mood and communication style people prefer.
To help you better understand this, I managed to find a short video clip to provide you a quick overview.
At the moment, you are in a WE Cycle – which began in 2003.
And at the height of the previous ME Cycle (which peaked the mid-1980s), you saw the excesses of business gurus like Elliott, Skase and Holmes a Court. All very much ego-driven, arrogant individuals – some even considered to be bullies.
Whereas in the current WE Cycle, you find disparate groups of people banding together against a “common enemy”. That’s why films like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings have proven so popular.
People are now responding to authenticity, instead of arrogance and insincere puffery.
Back to the Election Campaign
One of my son’s closest friends went through university with Bill Shorten. About 6 months ago … Bill Shorten told him what would happen, as soon as he got into The Lodge.
Apparently, the plan was to invite the journalists in to help him drink every bottle of Penfolds Grange from the Wine cellar.
At the time, I was amazed at the arrogance. It was like Bill Shorten was already starting to pick the colour of the new curtains.
The Arrogance continues …
A key part of Labor’s campaign was the attack on Franking Credits. However, Geoff Wilson quickly mounted a strong defence on behalf of his 80,000 self-funded investors. And then thousands of other retirees around Australia rallied to the call.
After several weeks of attempted justification, Shorten and his Shadow Treasurer simply retorted: “If you don’t like it – don’t vote for us!”
Once again, a display of sheer arrogance. Here was Bill Shorten trying to instigate a class war.
However, what they didn’t realise was that from those 80,000 investors … 47% of their children and grandchildren had also Indicated they would be voting against the Retirement Tax – seeing it as a threat to their inheritance.
Shorten Failed to Reach Out
During the voting coverage on election night, a young female journalist for Channel 10 was asked to compare her experience with Morrison and Shorten, during the election campaign.
She said during the first half (spent with Morrison) he would attend 6 to 8 meet-ups with people in factories, pubs and strip shopping centres every day. And he also provided unfettered access to her and the other journalists travelling with him.
By comparison, Shorten attended only 3 or 4 tightly-scripted appearances and was quite guarded in his communication with journalists.
At the very end, Shorten was seen (in a suit) drinking beers with Daniel Andrews on the Friday before polling day. And announcing he was expecting to be voted in with a clear majority.
Whereas, Morrison travelled to Tasmania on that Friday – to be there to campaign with sleeves rolled up, right until the very last moment on polling day.
Bottom Line: The voters saw Morrison as … Real, Raw and Relevant – and keen to champion the cause of the so-called “Quiet Australians”. And it looks as though they will reward him with a comfortable marjority.