Abbott’s apocalyptic loyalty lies with ‘the West’, not with Australia

Why is Australia set on increasing tensions with a power we are hopelessly outclassed by?

Tony Abbott (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Whoever or whatever Tony Abbott is loyal to, in my opinion, it’s not Australia. The ink was barely dry on the AUKUS agreement — or the one-page announcement that constitutes the totality of its visible existence — before Mr Tony had got himself to Taipei to identify with the island’s ad hoc status. See a pattern here?

The British-Australian has already distinguished himself by becoming trade negotiator for the UK as regards Australia, after having been prime minister¬†of Australia.¬†During that brief fever dream, his most urgent self-set political task was to restore British honours — and give Prince Philip one.

But those expressions of imperial fealty are really just a subset of a more overarching loyalty to the West, as represented by the participants in the AUKUS alliance, with us as the junior and wholly expendable element. There’s a whole crowd of them on the right, from the Anglomorphs, who believe that only English-derived political entities should run the world, to “clash-of-civilisations” secular supremacists, and sheer political opportunists who would trash tenuous regional dialogue for a wedge.

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