dear leader .....
Whilst recently watching our ‘dear leader’, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, flicking his tongue in & out like one of those scary marine iguanas that inhabit the Galapagos Islands, it suddenly occurred to me that his many strange behaviours might be redolent of something far more serious – like brain damage.
My initial thoughts were that the damage may have been done during his boxing career but I can find virtually no information about that career which, according the Melbourne Age, appears to have consisted of only four fights. Nevertheless, as we all know, it takes only one punch to do lasting damage & the possibility cannot be ruled out. No doubt he was also hit many times during training.
Of course, another possible source of brain damage could be his rugby career. According to the same article, he played as a forward for Sydney University in first grade when he was only 19. That suggests that he was playing rugby at a high level for probably four or five years (say 18 to 22) or even longer & perhaps whilst he was at Oxford. It is fair to assume that he would have received numerous blows to his head from much bigger players.
Whilst I’m no neurologist, I believe that Tony’s slow speech, marked by long & inexplicable pauses, coupled with his incoherent, erratic & often inconsistent policy pronouncements & an apparent overwhelming desire to retreat to non-intellectual physical pursuits, such as cycling, surfing, the bush fire brigade & never-ending fancy-dress playgroups staged in factories & workplaces throughout the land, all lend support to the possibility. In spite of having two degrees in economics, he is demonstrably ignorant in matters economic & often appears innumerate, further suggesting a breakdown of normal brain function.
Then there is his clear speech battology involving the needless, tedious, tiresome, patronising, deceptive & misleading repetition of simplistic but highly emotional slogans such as ‘baddies vs baddies’, ‘repay the debt’, ‘axe the tax’, ‘end the waste’, ‘stop the boats’ & ‘hope, reward & opportunity’.
Abbott’s behaviour & tactics as Opposition Leader were reminiscent of his boxing tactics, suggesting that this is the only strategy that he is capable of & represents the total extent of his ability. We should also not forget that he got where he is by default & many members of his own party are horrified by their creation.
Whilst Abbott might think that ‘a bit of body contact never hurt anyone’, his behaviour would clearly suggest that he is an exception to that rule.