What passes for conservative thought in Australia

No names, but this has just come up on my inbox from what is supposedly Australia’s most conservative “market-based” organisation:

Donald Trump would not have been my first (or second or third) choice for Republican nominee for US president. My personal preferred order was Rand Paul, then Scott Walker, then Ted Cruz. Others also liked Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. As I said a few weeks ago I’m not sure Trump is a conservative (in the American sense of the term). He doesn’t support free trade for example. But at the same time, some of Trump’s policies are conservative.

Who knew that free trade was a conservative principle, although with Trump we will get a lot more of what is actually free trade. It is no wonder that our right-of-centre government is as clueless as it is with this kind of ethos infecting so much.

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