Conflict between the mainstream of the No Carbon Tax movement and the extremist Jacques Laxalle is boiling over into conflicting dates for the next Sydney rally and a fight over the future of the group.
Insiders with the grassroots movement – that has impressively signed up no fewer than 22 different right-wing organisations to support its popular cause – have told VEXNEWS that Laxalle acts like a “jumped-up dictator” who won’t listen to advice from those trying to ensure public rallies build opposition to the carbon tax not provoke sympathy for its proponent, Prime Minister Gillard.
Laxalle was repeatedly warned, insiders say, of the need to be strict with extremists who were carrying or wearing offensive messages that would be exploited by hostile elements within the media who were desperate to pain the anti-carbon-tax movement as being controlled by the ultra-right.
The concern about Laxalle is such that Liberal members of Parliament, from the Leader of the Opposition down, are reluctant to appear at future rallies unless and until they can be assured that responsible, sensible and pro-Coalition people are firmly in charge.
“There can be no repeat of the farcical situation where the area behind the speakers at the rally was not cordoned-off and protected from people carrying stupid signs that don’t reflect the mainstream of the anti-carbon-tax movement and only served to help Gillard,” one worried insider said.
“Laxalle has come from nowhere and suddenly wants to be the control-freak in charge. He’s certainly a freak and many are worried that he is basically a lunar-right type who is intent on setting up his own fringe-dweller political party under the banner of Consumer and Taxpayers Association,” they explained.
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Laxalle has made no secret of his anti-Liberal political ambitions to get into Parliament under his own self-promoting banner, exploiting the carbon-tax issue as his springboard to power. The fact that this is regarded as the raving as someone totally disconnected from the Liberal party and barely in touch with reality offers mainstream conservatives no comfort, we’ve been told.
His lack of organisation and contempt for the advice of the more politically savvy contributed to the sign fiasco and apparently caused considerable inconvenience to many older people about the logistics of getting to Canberra on the rally’s buses and so on. “All the seniors wanted to string him up,” one close observer explained.
Insiders tell VEXNEWS that they have built a mighty grassroots movement with literally tens of thousands of email contacts and hundreds of people who’d like to volunteer and take part in opposing the Gillard government.
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The view of mainstream conservatives is not surprisingly that the single best expression of opposition to the tax is to get behind Tony Abbott and the Coalition, not play games with fringe-dweller, lunar-right groups that are the notorious haven of crooks, psychopaths and those with an obsessive wannabe-dictator complex that is best treated by counselling.
Dictatorial Jacques Laxalle is considered to be a serious impediment to the movement continuing to gain momentum and stop the tax. While pretending to be vehemently opposed to the Prime Minister, many no-carbon-tax insiders believe his foolish leadership have played right into Labor’s hands.