The Gillard government celebrated a great victory yesterday. Normally when politicians achieve such a victory it is against powerful lobby groups, opposing ideologies, vocal minorities and parliamentarians on the other side of the house. These victories establish their image as strong-willed people with limitless leadership skills. On this occasion however, the government achieved a victory over the Australian people. When Gillard and Rudd embraced yesterday, it was to celebrate their triumph over Australians. While politicians do not wish to appear weak, in the face of such massive public disapproval, they must take a step back. It is how a democracy is supposed to work. Going against the overwhelming wishes of the Australian people such as this serves only to demonstrate their disrespect for the electorate. It is not only an insult to the two-thirds of Australians who oppose the carbon tax, it is a stupid political move because, guess what? There’s an election around the corner. Whether we have to wait six months or two years, the Australian people have long memories. They may have won this battle, but we shall win the war.