For a while now Kevin Rudd has had a regular spot on Sunrise on a Friday morning where he can field questions from the public.
On the face of it this sounds like a pretty good idea PR-wise and gives the public a sense that they can engage with the Prime Minister directly.
The was always the chance that this could degenerate into a spin-fest, but surprisingly I think it has worked out really well with the PM giving the best answers he can with the information he has at hand and promising to return with more detailed information when necessary, which he by and large has done.
The problem I have seen with it is the question selection. I’m sure they get a butt-load of questions delivered to them, but in true MSM style they invariably go for the most controversial or hot button topics.
The big surprise is that Rudd handles them very well. When the questions are obviously not up to Channel 7’s standards of “journalism” they invariably get their attack dog Kochie to present a question on the media beat-up du jour.
What always cracks me up is that Kevin will slam him down totally and you can always tell when Kochie has the shits because he’s been shown up for the pretender he is…he’ll cut the PM off and say “that’s enough of that one”. Never fails to amuse.
This morning was a perfect point in case. Kochie questioned the PM on the RSPT, stating that because of this the share markets went down, blah blah blah (cue the usual talking points). Kevin pulled him up short with the classic “Kochie, as a financial journalist you would be well aware that these points are completely wrong” and then went on to bust his delusion bubble.
Comedy gold. I’m sure he was being sarcastic with the “financial journalist” dig but you neven know.
I think Kevin’s getting his mojo back. If only he can get the opportunity to take on more of the vacuous talking heads.
1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0!!!
Now that’s out of the way, more on the game itself.
As expected NSW really struggled to get any combinations working at all. The Qld outfit pretty much dominated from the 15 minutes mark right through until 10 minutes to go when they relaxed a bit.
Once again NSW paid the price for picking players out of position. Lyon might as well have not been on the park at all, Hayne was a liability on the wing and Gidley did pretty much nothing (except whine when Thurston pinched the ball) until the final 10 minutes.
The scoreline totally flattered NSW as it didn’t reflect the dominance Qld had through out the game…and if Creagh didn’t knock that ball on in the last try the video refs must be kidding themselves.
Good news for Qld is that they can keep pretty much the same team for the next game…with maybe a swap of Ballin for Smith…I wouldn’t change a single thing at all.
As for NSW, who knows what they’ll do. If past history is anything to go by we could expect at least 6 changes…all of them the wrong players. If we’re lucky they’ll put Gallen back in…..
Well it’s that time of year again…the “Festival of the Boot” as Roy & HG used to say.
As usual the various press in each state have been talking up their own team’s chances, but I think NSW have put their foot in it again.
Once again they have picked a team of superstars instead of a superstar team. They like to pick decent players, then invariably play them out of position and wonder why they aren’t as effective. Then of course the players themselves are under enormous pressure to have a blinder because they know the selectors will axe them given even the slightest hint that they aren’t performing.
Contrast that with the Queensland team that has pretty much the same core as it has for the past 4 series, barring injuries. Of course those injuries are in key positions…Cameron Smith, Justin Hodges,Ben Hannant, Steve Price. There are some good replacements there to fill-in, but you know we’ll miss them (yes I am a Queenslander).
From what I have seen of the past couple of years, NSW are very much a confidence team. They invariably come out full of vim, but if a couple of things don’t go their way you can see them drop their shoulders straight away. Just look at what happened after the Hayne out-of-bounds thing in the first game last year. Unless you were blind (or from NSW) the replay showed his heel clipping the sideline. I know they took a long time to determine it, but I reckon they were actually looking for a way to give him the try not deny it. When it was turned down they just crumbled and it was all over.
Queensland will guts it out all night and never give up. I reckon they’ll come away with the series win this year to make it 5 in a row…not confident about tonight’s game though.
One thing I am not looking forward to is the repulsive commentary from the Channel 9 team. Over the past few year’s they have been becoming more and more strident, to the point where they are now blatantly pro-NSW…it’s quite disgusting to listen to. Even the normally neutral Ray Warren kept talking about “we” whenever he mentioned NSW…never a good sign. And the less said about Phil Gould the better. I wish there was another place to watch it but unfortunately 9 is the only game in town. Might be time to mute the telly and turn up the radio…I just wish Roy & HG were back on.
Some links to contrasting parochial viewpoints: