EDITORIAL COMMENT: WHEN the people of the Sunshine Coast put Clive Palmer into power, they did so because they wanted someone different; someone who would shake up the two-party system and offer a genuine alternative to a political system that they felt had become tired, shabby and unrepresentative.
That's what the man promised. He has failed miserably to deliver.
He's shown himself to be a shallow, big-mouthed political lout - seemingly unaccountable to anybody and anything but himself.
We've had enough - enough of this headline-chasing buffoon, a man more intent on attracting the attention of the Canberra press gallery than representing the real issues we face here.
His anti-Chinese tirade on television on Monday night was simply shameful. He made a fool not only of himself, but of the thousands of Sunshine Coast men and women who took him at his word, and gave him a chance.
He seems to have forgotten that he's in Canberra to represent us - not his business interests.
And, most certainly, his role as our federal member, or even as the head of a political party, does not provide him a stage to vent his anger at a business deal presumably gone wrong.
When an MP labels Chinese government officials as "mongrels" who "shoot their own people", millions in China - our most important trading partner - will reasonably believe his views to be those of this country - and certainly those of the people he directly represents.
As his critics have been quick to point out, that's not helpful - not helpful at all.
So, let us declare here, loud and strong, that his views are not ours, and not those of the people who elected him to office.
When he sought our vote, Clive Palmer talked about the need to create jobs.
Then he turned around and sacked most of the staff at his Coolum resort, rendering it almost a deserted, white elephant. He sacrificed the Australian PGA golf championship - our most significant national event.
What he says is not what he delivers.
It has become abundantly clear that his motivation in running for office was a personal vendetta against Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, as evidenced by his childish Goodbye Campbell TV ads.
He's entitled to dislike the Premier - but he's not entitled to use the people of his electorate as pawns in a campaign against him.
It's time Mr Palmer stopped the foolishness. He has become an embarrassment to us all.
It's timely to recall that he won the Fairfax election by just 53 votes after securing only 26.49% of the primary vote. What would be the result, we wonder, if another election was held today?
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