The promise was unambiguous, and made four times before the last election:
There will be no carbon tax under the government I lead.
Such a fundamental betrayal of trust – such a cheat – should be condemned by anyone who values democracy. At the very least, the public fury at this betrayal should be understood as legitimate, natural and utterly predictable.
But to a warmist such as the Sydney Morning Herald’s Lenore Taylor, the cause is so great that excuses must be found for even the most outrageous and dangerous deceptions – even if those excuses are so feeble that they seem to die on her lips:
By dint of endless repetition, the antithesis of truth has become incorporated into the Prime Minister’s very name.
The unspun truth is, as always, more complicated. Yes, Gillard promised before the last election that there would be no carbon tax, but in the retelling, that is widely misconceived to have been a promise not to have a carbon price at all.
Really? No, the fury as I see it is almost entirely over the tax. Red herring.
In fact, if you cut through Labor’s spin at the last election – which admittedly requires secateurs and a mattock – ….
Did Lenore or likeminded others “cut through Labor’s spin” at the time – or swallow and excuse it?
… it was promising to have a carbon price, but it was a floating price, not a tax.
Exactly. But we now have a tax for three years, followed by a fixed floor price that will still be double the present price of carbon permits overseas. Hence the fury – not just at the betrayal but the economic vandalism.