While watching Sunrise (yes…I know) this morning I came across yet another example of political media fuckwittery that set my blood boiling. To top this all off, it was compounded even further by the lamest of lame appearance by a politician on their “Big Guns of Politics” section. Let me explain.
Sunrise started with Kochie’s “serious” voice declaiming that the government is going to send asylum seekers to a five star resort on the Gold Coast. Now this statement has very little relation to the actual facts which are:
- The resort has been closed for years.
- The resort (Kooralbyn) is 1.5 hours from the coast so hardly counts as “on the Gold Coast”
- Any people there are unlikely to get maid service and play golf all day.
Of course reality doesn’t get eyes on screen or boost ratings so beat-up has become the method for any and all political stories on these shows…even though they are only going to be superficially covered.
Then the political douchery upped itself a notch when Joe Hockey and Tony Burke hit the screen. Not missing an opportunity to push the talking points and wheel out a 3 word slogan, Joe hooked in to the asylum seeker debate with the tired old
One Nation Liberal lines that Government has no clue, boats should be stopped, Nauru should be back on the agenda yada yada yada….basically everything we’ve ever heard before.
Now you’d think this would be easy stuff for Tony Burke to dispatch considering it’s all been heard before, but does he? Pigs arse he does! When Joe trotted out the tired old line that the boats stopped when Nauru was active, in the biggest display of soft-cockery I’ve ever seen Burke let’s him get away with it. No rebuttal that world wide asylum seeker numbers had dropped at the same time, no recitation that Australian asylum seeker numbers are proportional to world numbers, and no reiteration that the percentage of asylum seekers arriving by boats is miniscule compared to the visa overstayers or those arriving by plane.
The Government should stop being scared of how they are portrayed in the media and use these live opportunities to savage these bullshit talking points of the Opposition. They should be laughing off their crap assertions and countering with facts and figures at every chance instead of letting them drag the conversation into their own right-wing parallel universe.
You’d think they would have learnt by now that the Australian public doesn’t respect a pussy…show some guts and take the fight back, especially when you absolutely have the facts on your side.
Once again the Opposition has shown that there is no measure to how low they will go in their attempts to force their way into Government.
Noted humanitarian Scott Morrison has been polluting the airwaves with his notion that the Government shouldn’t have “wasted” taxpayer dollars flying the families of those victims of the Christmas Island drownings to Sydney for the funerals..after all those refos are rolling in it, why couldn’t they pay for their own ticket.
Frankly this just turns my stomach. The cost of the airfares would probably be substantially less than what this arsehole has for a stationery allowance in a year (especially toner 🙂 ) and he has the nerve to raise this. Of course he’s attempting to pander to the Liberals’ loyal following of mouth-breathers and Alan Jones listeners, and has a really good go at it by conflating two of their main (only?) talking points: refugees and Government waste. Naturally not wanting to miss a media grab (especially as Mark Riley wasn’t around), Abbott jumps in as well, because as we all know the Independents are simply frothing at the mouth looking for a chance to dump the Government and by golly a few thousand bucks for flying refugees to a funeral sounds like the perfect opportunity. Arseclown.
Daring to be different, Uncle Joe Hockey pops up with a faux-compassionate take in an attempt to differentiate himself from the raving lunatics in his own party. Couple this with his attempts to get back on Sunrise on a regular basis and it looks like he’s laying the groundwork for his own tilt as the next big Liberal failure when Abbott get knifed/self-combusts/implodes/gets staked through the heart.
But before we all go into raptures at the thought of a “moderate” Liberal leader, we shouldn’t forget that Joe is the man who:
– was part of the chain of clueless that comprised the Opposition’s budget reply last year
– thinks that having an accounting firm check that your spreadsheet totals add up is an audit
– thinks that $11 billion of bullshit pre-election costings aren’t really that important
Luckily for the Opposition the media has their back and you can expect them to be fully covered by spin and FUD whenever their true incompetence comes to light.
Tony, Tony, Tony…ah he’s the gift that just keeps on giving.
Since the beginning of year it’s been one brain fart after another for the Mad Monk, leading us all to realise just how tightly controlled he was during the election. Frankly I’m surprise we didn’t have photos of Brian Loughnane with his hand up Abbott’s back working his mouth in that period.
Tony’s recent outstanding performances have really come to light since the rains and flooding in Queensland, and he’s just powered on through ever since.
Firstly, he’s opened up with a lovely duet with Bananaby Joyce of “government didn’t build dams so the flooding is their fault”. There’s so much fail in this statement it’s hard to know where to begin, but the obvious one is that it’s impossible to dam a FLOOD PLAIN YOU MORON. Also the fact that his state counterparts were against the dams should have given him pause, but that’s for weaker, more logical minds than his.
Next, in the peak of the floods he’s come out with the gem that he wasn’t going to politicise the disaster, but instead was going to go up there and make sure the government didn’t waste any money. This shows us exactly where his priorities lie…not assisting people after a natural disaster, but money. The man’s a positive saint! How he didn’t get elected PM with that caring, all-inclusive attitude I’ll never know.
He then proceeded to return to his holidays…not necessarily a bad thing as it left the people who would actually be useful helping out at ground zero. Of course he then saw Kevin Rudd getting press coverage by helping out (in his own electorate) so thought he’d get some of that. He rocked up somewhere muddy, washed a couple of walls WHILE WEARING SUIT PANTS and then pissed off again once the cameras had finished “accidentally” catching him at work. Truly a man of the people.
He then doubled-down in the hypocrisy stakes by whinging about the one-off levy the Government is going to impose to rebuild Qld infrastructure by:
a) Stating that people wouldn’t want to pay twice and lying about the fact that the levy is for rebuilding and not for giving to people directly.
b) Ignoring the fact that his Government imposed 6 levies during their time in office, none of which were to fund infrastructure programs, and most used to compensate for ideologically driven programs like the deregulation of the milk and sugar industries or Ansett failure. I do agree with the gun buy back one though.
Which finally brings us to today.
To continue with his meme of responsible government by opposing everything, Tony has decided to try to block the levy legislation in Parliament. After all why should everyone pay for those bloody Qlders…it’s not like he ever goes there (outside of an election campaign).
For the final nail in his coffin he has sent out an email to his army of trogodlyte acolytes stating that he is going to oppose this levy with all his might so they don’t have to waste $400 on money that could be used to get their BMW’s detailed, but at the bottom he asks for a DONATION to fund this campaign.
It’s staggering to think that any rational human being (I know I shouldn’t say that in reference to the Monk) would think this is a good idea on any level. Of course he’s immediately invoked the Howard defence…”it wasn’t me, I didn’t hear anything, must have been a staffer”.
Surely this sort of tin eared approach to populism must prompt the “brains” of the Liberal party to consider a fast exit stage right for him…but then again they’re not exactly bulging with talent to replace him are they.
I say Pyne for LotO…at least we’d get some good comedy out of it.
Just catching up on Grog’s Gamut this morning and I found out he has been outed by some scumbag at the Oz.
Hopefully this won’t deter him from continuing with his excellent blog, but swing by and offer him your support.
I’d also suggest you try to stick one up the Oz, but we all know they won’t publish it anyway.