Teal and Loathing

by lechblaine

“Scott Morrison was on a slippery slope from the Promised Land to rock bottom. To win the 2019 election, he invented the focus-grouped “ScoMo” persona: a suburban strongman with a soft spot for fossil fuels, home-cooked curries and speaking in tongues. A vote for him was a protest against inner-city elites. But in pulling it off, the one-trick phoney might have built a coffin for the Coalition.”

So begins my 11,000+ word essay for The Monthly about the 2022 election campaign, which you can read here. I travelled around for six or so weeks to try and gauge what the hell was about to happen. I reckon it will genuinely go down as one of the most interesting in Australian history.