It’s with some amusement that I read about the result in the election being a major shock, an upset. It was a shock to pollsters who have been paid for getting it wrong for too long. It was a shock to some in the media who apparently believed the polls without listening to voters directly themselves. And it is a terrible blow to those who live in the leftist bubble of superiority that assumes a righteousness which would put Billy Graham to shame.
However, a harder head would say that Australians are not wildly left or wildly right. We are in the middle, give or take a bit either side. Hence, every election is up for grabs. Has everyone forgotten PM Kevin Rudd, who was invincible in February and a backbencher in June? What about 1998, the year after John Howard’s annus horribilus when Labor had out the tape measures to decide who would get the biggest ministerial offices and the Coalition went to the election promising a new tax and won?
Sometimes, albeit rarely, one thing swings an election. There are plenty of Lego pieces to this win, but one thing is undeniable: Scott Morrison decided which pieces would go where. He worked tirelessly to build what he wanted. Most in the media wrote him off. They told us he would lose. There was a lot of opinion masquerading as inside knowledge. Morrison pressed on regardless.
He remained true to himself. Knowing Australia’s diminishing commitment to organised religion, he was happy to let us all see his commitment to his faith over Easter. Being the real you is the key to genuine happiness. It is also the only way to be authentic. The comedian George Burns apparently said if you can fake authenticity you’ve got it made. It’s funny because we all know you can’t fake it. Morrison has it in spades. Unfair as it may be, Bill Shorten just doesn’t come across as genuine. If Australians like anything it’s the real deal.