As I slowly get used to the departure of Julia Gillard and some of her formidable team the notion that we will have an Abbott led government is making it's way up my spine and into my cerebellum. And it hurts.
What are the positives?
Dangerously running on "trust me" it won't take three years not to trust the whole crew.
Meanwhile Rudd may have ;lost his seat and the ALP will have the time to reorganize it's base and constitution to make itself more transparent, accessible and open to all comers that sign on to the Labor platform.
All this has been in reports and recommendations to the Caucus over the years and was rehearsed in the report that John Faulkener did. Time on.
Groups like Getup are focused n making sure that the LNP don't hold majorities in both houses and therefore making it impossible for them to repeal the swags of Ms Gillard's nation building over the past six years.
It will also make it harder for an inexperienced, arrogant lot to ignore the advice of Treasury and take a wrecking ball to the best managed economy in the world.
At the same time the contracts for the NBN will be costly to get out of as will the repealing of the clean energy targets and fund.
Who are these people and how have they (appeared) to get some much support from our voters? Obviously having the daily support of 70% of our print media helps. Add in the almost universal absence of journalists in all media that ask tough but informed questions and you begin to see the difficulty that the Gillard-led government had in getting it's message heard.
So we may be faced with a number of issues for the next three years. Reform of the only reforming party, a campaign to undermine the Murdoch Press and to hold the rest of the media to account in the way they say (and don't) hold the politicians to account.
And finally take back to citizen's the power to deal with the important issues even when the pollies won't.
We should look to the courts as a way of keeping them honest but more than this we should initiate more of our own direct action campaigns issue by issue.
While the global warming deniers saddle up there are people working directly with industry to make their processes more efficient and save them money at the same time as reducing their carbon footprint.
On a local level more people are growing their own food and joining buying co-ops that deliver locally grown, in-season, organic food.
I am surprised by the number of people I know that have embraced a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle over the last twelve months. I am now a vegan and it has given me lower body weight, more strength and stamina and I sleep better.