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Death Throes of Australian Democracy

It’s been quite a long time since I last posted. I gave it away because I got sick of writing the same thing every time…media is crap, Opposition are nothing, Rudd is white-anting, blah blah blah.

However, after the insanity of last night I thought I’d saddle up the keyboard once more and dive right in.

We the Australian public should be disgusted and mortified by the calibre of media we are forced to put up with.  Without a shadow of a doubt they make the crapulence of Fleet Street look like Woodward & Bernstein in comparison.  For the past 3 years they have blatantly ignored their role of keeping the public informed on what the Government is doing and how it affects them, and have instead turned Australian politics into a reality show by focussing on gossip and speculation instead of policy and substance.

The past two weeks has been a perfect example of how crap they really are.  Despite it being well known that Rudd backers were making crap up and leaking to the media, they still accepted it with no hesitation or any thought of verifying it…you know, doing their job.  Couple this with them actually believing that Christopher Pyne has sources within the ALP and that he gets phone messages from ALP supporters and there is a yawning credibility gap just begging to be filled.  The cherry on top was the absolutely appalling interview Leigh Sales did with Craig Emerson…the transcript is pretty much documentary evidence that the media are all actively working against the Government in any way that they possibly can.

Which all finally leads to the events of yesterday, starting with the mystery “petition”, or as Possum Comitatus coined it the “ninja petition”…no-one had seen it at all but it was apparently still there.  It’s not hard to work out that the Ruddbots had floated this out there to the uncritical and complicit media in an attempt to use “popular opinion” i.e. media beat-up to force the PM’s hand and cause the spill.  Unfortunately it worked, and because certain  ALP politicians have the testicles of tiny little girls they folded and believed that Rudd was the answer to all their polling woes and would lead them to the Promised Land…sacrificing one of the best leaders the country has had to date who performed superbly under extremely trying conditions.

Now the ALP have effectively rewarded someone who has betrayed and actively worked against them for the past 3 years by giving them the leadership.  This is the same as making Graham Richardson ALP President…a ludicrous proposition in anyone’s language.

I’m confused as to why they think that Rudd will be their saviour at the election…surely it can’t be because of some shonky polling about alterntive PMs?  Surely they are aware that the figures would be gamed by LNP supporters throwing a cat amongst the pigeons…much the same way that ALP supporters do the same for Turnbull?  Surely they are aware that the LNP would have reams of anti-Rudd propaganda ready for a campaign, including his own behaviour over the past 3 years?  Surely they are aware that this just reinforces the LNP/MSM meme that Labor is not fit to govern because they can’t keep their own house in order?  Surely they aren’t so blindingly stupid to think that these events reflect in any way favourably on them in anyone’s eyes apart from Rudd fanatics?

Of course the answer to all those questions above is Yes, they really are that stupid.

I want to congratulate the mainstream media for finally achieving the goal they have worked so hard for over the past 3 years on behalf of their LNP partners…the removal of our first female Prime Minister.  Of course they were supposed to achieve this by Christmas 2010, but better late than never hey?

They ran a really strong campaign and were rarely burdened by things such as ethics, facts or even a modicum of self-awareness.  How else do you explain them predicting “Gillard gone” every week for the past 3 years, resulting in 1.5 spills up until the end last night?  Not the best strike rate in the world, but that lack of self-awareness comes in really handy in these situations…how else can they pat themselves on the back otherwide?  Reading Twitter last night was a window into the tiny little minds of the Canberra Press Gallery.  Chief Arseclown Phil Coorey was his erudite best with a sarcastic “so that #leadershit stuff was all made up huh”…conveniently “forgetting” that he has been peddling the same brand of crap every week for the past 3 years…hell even a broken watch is right twice a day, and his strike rate was well below that.

He (and by extension the entire CPG) are either blissfully unaware that they have been well and truly used by the Ruddbots to force this issue, or as is more likely they knew what would happen and didn’t care because of the theatre of it…never mind what the ramifications would be for the country, it would mean sales/hits/ratings.

You can never rule out good old revenge as a motive as well, after all they have been permanently pissed off that Gillard never sucked up to them and in fact made a point of calling them out on their shit…not that they tried to improve their ways or anything, they just tightened the spiral into the gutter that they were on.

Anyway that’s it for me.  At one point I briefly considered joining the ALP to show my support for Gillard, but now they can get fucked.

I will never vote for or be associated with a party that rewards self-interested, betraying narcissists and gutless poll watchers.  They get my second last preference…LNP will always be last. It’s time for the Independents to reap the rewards…who knows we may get another Windsor or Oakeshott.

You’ve done your dash.

  1. Kevin (not Rudd)
    June 27, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Good spray, I personally believe that all this Rudd getting mobbed at the mall stuff was just bullshit, probably from people who wouldn’t vote Labor in a blue fit. Ms Gillard was all class and showed great strength and dignity in the face of an absolutely disgusting display of sexism. I don’t give a shit if people think she shouldn’t have played ‘The Gender Card’, bacause it was certainly used by the MSM And their ABC to beat her relentlessly. She did not fold but stood the test. Rudd has big shoes to fill in the character department.

    As much as I dislike Rudd, the focus must now be the defeat of Australia’s own Tea Party,the LNP and Mr Rabbit.

    Thanks for your effort, Massive, I do hope you start blogging again, always a good read.

    • June 27, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Thanks Kevin…I agree Rudd is all vapour and stage managed. I read reports that the people who mobbed him were bussed in…apart from them there was no-one else around.
      I agree about PM Gillard’s strength…Rudd folded under the merest hint of criticism during the Pink Batts issue…and he was in the right! He wouldn’t have lasted 5 seconds in this environment.

  2. June 27, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Admirable sentiment! At the real heart of the matter is the fact that the Rudd faction are not interested in saving the party from ‘total annihilation’ as the MSM would have us believe, but in saving their own backsides, not to mention their parliamentary pensions. The victory is pyrrhic. Rudd will most likely go down with the ship while claiming that while he is the saviour of the party, it was far too late for him to save it but he did the best he could. The hypocrisy of the bastards is breathtaking. What we are witnessing is the modern Australian politician – not interested in the ideals of the party (they’re simply the vehicle to ride in on), not interested in the needs of the electorate (they’re just the mugs who vote for you), but simply interested in themselves.

    • June 27, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      Exactly right edward…I thought Shorten only changed sides to save his job.
      How ironic would it be if he loses his seat as a result?

  3. reb
    June 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Interesting perspective as always Massive, and nice to see you back on the blogosphere. 🙂

    Here’s a question though; would you have preferred to see Gillard lead Labor to certain election defeat, a move that would see Labor decimated for possibly ten years?

    At least Rudd gives Labor a glimmer of hope to win the election… Gillard didn’t.

    • June 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      It wouldn’t have been “certain electoral defeat” at all. Gillard has continually dominated Abbott and would tear him apart in a campaign…all it would take is one debate.
      Rudd is smoke and mirrors…his support is ultra-soft and mostly LNP shitstirrers.
      Plus his degree of sociopathy should never be rewarded, no matter the consequences.

  4. denese
    June 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I went to bed thinking the same then I heard abbott say the alp have done nothing

    done nothing so nothing is NDIS GNOKI and nbn and 500 bill, I then thought I will vote for my country not rudd, I will vote for my grandchildren I will vote for their grandchildren

    Julia s legacies will always be with us. and so will the history of rudd
    who do you think future generations will look up to
    not rudd so I will be voting for JULIA and her legacy

    abbott will destroy all of Juilia memories and policy just because he want to

    think again people I did

    • June 27, 2013 at 12:01 PM

      I agree denese, Abbott continually spruiks the ALP have done nothing, but the MSM will let him get away with it as long as he likes.
      Now that Rudd is back in play he will be their new plaything and Abbott can skate in completely under the radar.

  5. BSA Bob
    June 27, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Welcome back Massive, & I’ll point out that the MSM aren’t even as good as a broken clock, they’ve been right once in three years.
    It’s easy to get despondent & disillusioned, I’m writing from that perspective now. But the task at hand is to prevent an Abbott government. There’s a lot at stake here, including Julia’s legacy. Some hope with Rudd, fuckall with Tones.
    Agree with edward eastwood about the modern Australian politician. How tragic that this is seen through the ALP whilst far superior practitioners get away scot free.

  6. June 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Maybe the media aren’t perfect but surely some of the blame for labor’s media coverage lies with labor?

  7. BSA Bob
    June 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Agree with your last paragraph in reply to denese, Massive. Double plus dispiriting.

  8. gorgeousdunny1
    June 27, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    I guess the conundrum for Rudd with his “communications skills” is overcoming his own ego. Apparently (I couldn’t bear to listen to the rat) he made some reference to the government’s performance with no reference to Gonski and NDIS, presumably because they were Gillard’s programs. Hawker better get to him really fast on that matter.

    FFS, he’s there as the leader of the PARTY, and presumably there to defend and promote the party’s achievements and values. That’s where he has a huge advantage over Abbott – the programs, even the carbon price (“the greatest moral challenge of out time,” Remember, Kev?) are in place and popularly accepted. The only reason Gillard wasn’t miles ahead in the polls was the success of the personal sabotage of her character, by the MSM, especially Hate Radio, Abbott-Credlin, and Rudd’s white-anting and playing the martyr.

    If he can’t win with that program advantage and a general popularity in other than Labor circles (needs some way of getting the disgusted ones back) he’s even more overrated than he was. But he will need to swallow his pride and start selling those programs.

    Can he do it? Buggered if I know, and don’t really care. I’ll vote Labor only because I fear the other side worse. It’s almost campaign time now, and something he’s more comfortable in anyway, provided he can make that adjustment. But if he does pull it off, it’s just the beginning of Labor’s conundrum. They’ve still got to govern, and they’ll either need to keep him on a very tight leash, or turn his position into a more ceremonial one.

    Mind you, rewarding that Cardinal Bowen with Treasury isn’t the brightest start he could have made. I’m out of politics, apart from voting from now.

    • Kevin (not Rudd)
      June 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      Yes, after watching QT today, it was obvious that a few Labor MPs have had a nice big shit sandwich, and no amount of tomato sauce will remove the taste. A few surprises, Kate Ellis, Penny Wong, and Tanya Plibersek still in the ministry, but the focus should now be on defeating the LNP (and keeping Rudds huge ego in check). Abbott didn’t really know what to do, but his MSM cheer squad will get the wheels turning ASAP!

  9. June 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    ‘Wouldn’t it be ironic if he also loses his seat?’
    Just desserts is how I’d view it. I know politics is a very rough game, but Shorten’s move was nothing short of treachery – ‘e tu Bill?’ What is really needed is a third force to emerge in Australian politics, or at least one which does not base its platform on privatization or ‘free market’ philosophy of the neo-libertarians. No point looking at the Greens. They’re too busy covering their own backsides and trying to reinvent themselves in the mould of the Democrats. (A wasted effort, as the Democrats disappeared largely due to the fact that they based themselves as an alternative to swinging voters without having any real policies to back it up).
    In the meantime, -and while we’re waiting, remember the last words of turn of the 20th. century political activist Joe HilI; “Don’t mourn -organize.”

    • Fed up
      June 28, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      Did you notice the body language of Talya, when Rudd put out his hand. She actually shrunk away from his touch.

      Rudd is destroying too many Labor people already. I believe the PM has told them, not too sacrifice themselves, because it will change nothing.

      Labor needs these people plus some up and coming new brigs sparks on the back bench to rebuild Labor, when Rudd is dismissed for the second time.

      What Gillard and those who have struck with her, need to do now, is to ensure that the best is standing for the next election. No place for seat warmers at this time.

  10. Fed up
    June 28, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    When one looked closer at those video, there was no mobbing. In fact the opposite was true. There was a large number of photographers and reporters, that stood behind a small number of people. If one took their eyes and look over their heads, one seen people walking by entering shop and going about their business, without a glance Rudd’s way.

    This was particularly the earlier versions.

  11. Fed up
    June 28, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Yes, Gil lards greatest sin, was that she refused to cultivate the MSM. She made one short visit to Murdoch. No one has ever said what happened at that meeting.

  12. Fed up
    June 28, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    By the way, knowing what we now know for sure, that is Rudd’s stalking of the Gillard, and the media choosing to use him, to bring down Gillard. how much credit can be given to Abbott.

    None from where I am sitting. Another failure on Abbott’s part. That credit belongs to firstly Rudd, then the media. I believe that Gillard well and truly had the measure of Abbott.

  13. Fed up
    June 28, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    I would say, reading many blogs, most true Labor supporters are going to waste time with anger. Most are still for Labor, and saving Gillard’s legacy, which benefits us all.

    Rudd can be dealt with later.

    The only one not a loser, in this sorry plight, is Gillard. No one else has much to be proud of.

    Then politics can be seen as a moving feast, The caravan moves on, often to better pastures., We will be ready and able

    • June 28, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      I’m sorry but I don’t really have it in me to reward Rudd’s behaviour with my vote.
      When he was first PM I believed in him, even though my father had some nasty behind the scenes stories about him, I think relating to the PM plane stewardess issue. Of course at that stage I didn’t believe him, but soon came around after the mass slagging off that happened later. He’s the type of person who cannot change and he quickly proved that with his actions yesterday, refusing to give Gillard anything but a perfunctory acknowledgment and not paying attention during Stephen Smith’s speech.
      The man is a snake….

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