The French have a saying, esprit d'escalier
, that, loosely translated into English, means "the spirit of the stairs". It's the moment when you realise what you should
have said in a certain situation, but too late to be of any use to you. I had an argument on this blog during the last election with a rather committed Liberty and Democracy Party member (now misleadingly rebadged the Liberal Democratic Party) over their decision to preference Family First ahead of the Greens. He said they had to choose one or the other based on the alignment of policies with them. I should have challenged him to show where the LDP's policies mesh with FF's, but ristin
has found a spreadsheet that does it for me
. You'll note that LDP have a strong alignment on their stated policies with the Greens on gay, lesbian and transgendered issues (which puts them directly at odds with FF), not much correlation with FF elsewhere. Supporters of LDP would be justified therefore in asking them why their preferences in every state are going to the Family First ahead of the Greens
. I fear they won't have any answer beyond cynical political expediency. The Liberal Democratic Party has no serious prospect of getting a Senator elected in any state, whereas we have seen from Victoria's example that Family First does. Whatever policies the LDP claim to uphold, in reality they are acting as a more respectable front for the bigots at Family First.