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Media war ramps up

Once again the media have ramped up the war against the Government…we’re now currently at Defcon Ridiculous.

With the Slippergate “scandal” now at full speed, despite his ability to produce the mentioned cabchrage dockets, Steve Lewis of “Utegate” fame (yeah no form for dodginess there at all) has decided that it”s not good enough and now has to bring in a handwriting “expert” to throw more confusion into the mix by stating that there are two sets of handwriting. Of course, you’d have to be a complete moron to take any of this at face value, but that’s the calibre of our media these days…truth takes a back seat to controversy and the need for sales…they are effectively print versions of Today Tonight and A Current Affair.

Now that the PM has asked Slipper to stand down from the Speaker’s chair until all has been resolved, and has gotten Craig Thomson (yes him) to stand down from the ALP until his shit is sorted out, the catchcry is that she is simply governing by opinion poll. The irony is completely lost on them that until a few days ago they accused her of not listening to the public by ignoring opinion polls, and yet are now screaming that she needs to call an election RIGHT NOW because some Galaxy poll has a slight majority of people backing the notion that the Independents should be onside with a no confidence motion.

Of course this will never happen because Tony Abbott is a gutless turd who can’t bear to has his tough guy image shattered by a motion not passing…basically showing him up to be the incompetent clod that he is. Mind you he will get the full coverage of the media, so if it goes down it will be spun as “the fault of those dastardly Independents and their lust for power, because they know they’ll be kicked out next election”, and if it gets up it will be “a political masterstroke and vindication of the right to rule fo the Liberal Party”.

It was highly suspicious that Slippergate happened at this particular time as well…just after the Government had finalised the budget, bringing in the surplus they had promised and in the lead up to the delivery of it in a week or so. It’s funny that it appears to be Tony’s final chance to seize power without earning it by getting the budget to not get through and blocking supply. Once the carbox tax goes through and people start to realise that it’s not going to affect them that much his scare tactics lose their bite and he will be seen for the screeching monkey he really is. It’s also funny that the “scandal” includes stuff from 2003 when he was in the Liberal Party…why wasn’t that dealt with then?

Anyone with an ounce of common sense can see this for the beat up it truly is…the fact that it includes a lot of the same players as the last great failure Utegate should be food for thought for everyone.

  1. April 30, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Sorry MS but your entire premise is a desperate example of trying to get hope to overwhelm the facts of the matter, Gillard is simply a dead PM walking and no appeals for clemency are going to save her.

    • April 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      It’s funny that you couch it in those terms Iain, because absolutely nothing you have said in your comment if factual…it is all speculation.
      I’m looking forward to you eating your words when yet another round of “Gillard is dead” is done by the media…after all every week for the past 18 months hasn’t worked either now has it?

      • April 30, 2012 at 12:38 PM

        Surely you can’t believe that Gillard can come through this amount of scandal and incompetence and continue to lead the party to the next election? If you do think that she can survive you must be one of the very few who thinks this.

        I’ll eat a whole jar of Vegemite (which I detest) if she survives in the leadership to the next election but some how I think that I have any chance of having to do so.

        I think that she will be lucky to survive until the budget

        • Tom R
          April 30, 2012 at 2:12 PM

          What ‘scandal’, apart from unfounded allegations.


          What ‘incompetence’? Unless getting us through the GFC practically unscathed is incompetence.


          • April 30, 2012 at 2:29 PM

            there are none so blind as those who will not see 🙂
            Neither of your citation make the slightest bit of difference to the average vote at this point in time Labor are just so on the nose now that I doubt that Jesus Christ himself would be able help them reattain office at the next election. Frankly Had there only been one scandal hanging over the head of this government I reckon that they could have toughed it out but there are so many stuff ups and missteps From both Rudd and Gillard that they face a generation at least in the wilderness .

          • Tom R
            April 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

            lol, so ians weasles out of his accusations by saying that this is what the punters think happened, as opposed to what really happened.

            Great way to run a democracy, by perceptions created by a hijacked media

          • Neil of Sydney
            April 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

            I still think Howard was right about interest rates in spite of what point one says in your link. They would be lower under the Coalition. Swans deficit budgets are pushing up our interest rates. Whether that is good or bad is another question. Higher interest rates are good for retirees with money in the bank.

            But our interest rates are way above the rest of the world. In fact they are sooo much higher it looks like something is wrong. Cash rates- Canada (1%), England (0.5%), Japan (0.1%), Europe (1%), US (0.25%).

            Australia (4.25%)

            Why are our rates so much higher??? Ours was similar to the US in 2007. They all crashed due to the GFC except ours.

  2. Tom R
    April 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    “It was highly suspicious that Slippergate happened at this particular time as well”

    slippergate wasn’t the only diversion the hacks were trying, it was simply the most successful

    “THERE is a strong element of wishful thinking attached to the rumours that have recently begun swirling around business, financial and Labor circles that Wayne Swan will quit politics.”

    and, today 😯

  3. May 1, 2012 at 8:40 AM

    I still think Howard was right about interest rates in spite of what point one says in your link.

    Neil, it doesn’t matter what you think, it matters what is true.
    His statement has proven to be spectacularly wrong…end of story.

  4. Neil of Sydney
    May 1, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    So our massive budgets deficits are due to the GFC and our interest rates are due to the genius of Wayne Swan.


    How do you explain US interest rates of 5.25% in 2007 which was similar to ours and the US rates are now at 0.25% whereas our are at much higher levels??

    I still say Howard was right. Interest rates would be lower under a Liberal govt. Whether this is good or bad is another question.

    • Bacchus
      May 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

      Still got no understanding of economics I see Neil – you can only blindly bleat Lieberal party talking points! Why does the RBA drop interest rates Neil? Is it because the economy is going gangbusters? What’s the unemployment rate in the US? How’s the growth rate in the US?

      (The Australian economy is 7% larger than it was before the GFC. The British economy is still 4% smaller, the United States economy is back to where it was before the GFC.)

      You may well be correct Neil – interest rates may possibly lower if we had a Lieberal government through the GFC, but that would also mean we’d have an economic basket case to deal with – recession, unemployment with an 8 or 9 in front of it, small business going bust at record rates – yep, that sounds like a bonza idea!

      • Neil of Sydney
        May 2, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        The only time I remember unemployment with an 8 or 9 in front of it was during Keatings recession we had to have. In fact we had a number one in front of the unemployment numbers for 28 months. That is unemployment was 10 or 11% for 28 months.

        The ALP has no idea how to create a job.

        One reason interests rates can be high is if they are high overseas. That is why cash rates were at 20% when Howard was Treasurer. They were 20% in the US as well. If rates were say 9% in Australia and 20% in the US, investors would place their money were they could get 20% interest and money would flow out of the country. So interest rates had to be high during Howards recession.

        However it is strange our rates are so much higher than the rest of the world at the moment.

        • Bacchus
          May 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM

          So just ask yourself one question Neil – Why? Then go and research the answer. Until you can answer that, you’re just flapping your gums in the wind, spouting meaningless crap regurgitated from the bowels of the Lieberal party machine…

          • May 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

            Bacchus, Neil and the Libs have been singing from the same songbook for so long that I can’t remember who started first.

  5. BSA Bob
    May 1, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Hi Massive, good to see you again.
    Particularly like your take on Abbott’s no confidence motions, or at least the lack of them. Wanting someone else to kick it off for him in case it goes awry, in which case it’ll be nothing to do with him, no siree. Reliant on a media support crew who could take him down before lunch if they wanted to. Knowing it & owing them.

    • May 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

      Interesting notion Bob, but I can;t see the press vultures ever turning on Abbott…he is one of their own after all. Plus he’s always guaranteed to provide good theatre…hardly a day goes by without a brain fart or photo op…unless he’s hiding of course.

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