Martin jumps the fence
Incredible news today about Liberal MP Martin Hamilton-Smith leaving the Liberals and joining Jay Weatherill's Government as an Independent and a Minister.
I can understand his frustration and vision for getting things done.
He can now deliver his plans for SA in his portfolio areas; initiatives that the Liberals failed to embrace at the recent State Election.
This will shore up Labor's numbers and provide more stability (of the Government) over the next 4 years.
An update later in the day ...
Tonight there have been claims by the Liberals of MHS being a traitor.
If the Liberals were in Labor's position, then such a defection would be seen as a major coup and Labor would be branding their deserter a traitor.
I think that our parliament and the Government will be better for MHS' defection. He is branding himself as an Independent Liberal and he will be able to exercise his skills in his core portfolios over the next 4 years. The State will benefit.
Is the average voter really that concerned? I doubt it? Is he seen by the public as a traitor? I doubt it? Will the State have a better Government? I believe that to be the case?
And my big forecast ... If MHS stands at the next election, will be re-elected? I believe that he will.
I stand by my belief that any Government is richer by the inclusion of independents and others who may defect.
Political pundits are talking about a major shake-up in the ranks of the Liberals and an over-haul of their policies.