Sunday 9th of August 2020

going back in time with the mediocre hubris in the amateur hours...

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In an article for the Monthly, Robert Manne explains how the former PM’s memoir fails to reckon with Malcolm Turnbull's "fatal belief that all Australians shared his vision"…

 

 

Gus would like to apologise beforehand for having plunged the knife into Malcolm’s back a long time ago and about to carry on with the said political assassination nonetheless, though Malcolm is out of the general picture, despite having written his novel… 



In Malcolm’s PMship, there were many forces at work to reckon with. The main ones which taint this best of the best countries are latent racism, political amateurism and religious hubris, and Abbott — and lack of visions. Even Malcolm did not have any. If he had some he hid them very well… 

The best politicians in Australia have always been those on the left — or those with a sense of social justice, with a reckoning of the way siphoning money works. All of the underlying forces plus a sunny disposition led Australia and the “whiteys” to believe they were the ants-pants by being glorious lazy bastards like lizards on Bondi Beach and surfing like dolphins on the blue sea. Nothing wrong with this, but intellectually midgettish.

As a foreigner from the dark side of the world, I was amazed (horrified) to see kids being released from school at 2:30 or 3:00 PM so they could go and fry on sports fields and drown in swimming pools. I had learnt to swim in the sewers. We used to learn far more than our little brain could cope with, toiling daily till 6:00 PM, then cramming more historical facts, scientific experiments and poetry with homework that would see us to bed by 9:00 PM. My memory was crap. The next day I had no idea what I had learnt the day before. I could not recall, but it never left the back of my head.

I had arrived in this great country, the day after that John Gorton, a moderate conservative Prime Minister, threw himself out of government. Was this a blessing or a curse? Auguring nonetheless…. Not for me but for the country itself… At the time, the “waspish whiteys” in government could see an opportunity to make more money by sucking more blood out of the workforce, while Gorton had a tinge of social vision, opposed by the ultra-conservatives in his cabinet. The vote was 50/50 against the moderates. I believe that, having the final casting vote, John’s fateful decision to go against himself let the ultra-conservative have their wish. This was the start of the present political rot. The rorts and rot started way before this, probably with invasion day and the Rum Rebellion, but these are the modern times of Gus in Aussieland...

At the time, though the Liberals (ultra-conservatives) were Protestants (Anglicans), the Labor Party was mostly Catholic — but on the surface this distinction did not seem to count for much, except in pre-selections and which cricket team to support on Sunday. But the religious hubris ran deeper than this. 

Gorton was thus replaced by McMahon — a useless little straw-man remote-controlled by the ultra-conservatives in his party. With McMahon having nothing much to say, by the next election, the formidable Whitlam, who had been the powerhouse of the Labor party for quite a few years — fighting the somnolent granddaddy in his rocking chair Menzies years — took over. Even Mr Murdoch was on his side. 

There was an air of adulthood finally coming to Australia. Three short year later and the guy is booted out of the government by the GG, who under pressure from the Liberals (CONservatives) did the deed… We’re awaiting to see the correspondence between the GG and the Queen at the time, to be released by the end of July 2020. Crap… 

See, one of the other major problems, this lovely country has, is its immature constitutional monarchic governing apparatus designed to keep the socialist away from the levers. And with the Queen/King comes the religious hubris. Queen Liz is the head of the Anglicans. The Pope is the head of the Catholics. Prince Charles in the head of the Freemasons, which have been a discreet meeting point for the CONservatives and the Labor mobs to rule according to the “system"...

Though not exclusively, the Anglicans/CONservatives had mostly inherited the Royal red-coat structured mentality of the English army, while the Catholics/Sunday-socialist/Republicans had been transmitted from the convict days, by the boorish Irish. And each had their drinking holes. The Criterion pub in Sydney, a stone-throw from Trades Hall, was the Labor Party major headquarter, which I visited a few too many times, trying to make sense of all the political shit-fight — a luxury, in a “free” country. 

I say a “luxury” because in the country I came from, should you show some inclination to oppose the government you would end up in prison. Freedom was a novelty — a political novelty that seemed to be completely misused by all Australian political parties concerned. It was amateurism on all front as long as the cash cow was milked: the sheep, then the ores...

It would take many books to explain what I understood of this “poor fellow, my country” including racism and sexism, the to and fro amateurism that was wasting a lot of potential for real improvements without destroying the place. Let's skip a few scene from this theatre of the absurd, and Malcolm comes in with his baggage of ideals, which he never showed to anyone, except himself — probably not. 

Here is Robert Manne:

As Abbott’s reputation sank, Turnbull noticed that the number of flags at his media appearances rose. The record was 10 [see toon at top]. When Turnbull texted Craig Laundy about Abbott’s decision to knight Prince Philip, Laundy thought he was joking. Abbott’s supporters were by now becoming increasingly unhinged. Alan Jones screamed at Turnbull: “Don’t you know, everybody hates you? … You don’t love [Tony] as I do.” Turnbull felt he needed “to take a shower some days to wash off the indignity … of being part of such a shambles”. When it came, Turnbull’s inevitable coup against Abbott – 54 votes to 44 – was pleasingly “elegant” [see: http://www.yourdemocracy.net.au/drupal/node/30824]. He promised that his government would be “positive, rational, appealing to people’s hopes rather than their fears”. To his later regret, one of the reasons Turnbull gave for challenging Abbott was his government’s loss of 30 Newspolls in a row.
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Ahahah! Here comes another element in this kiddy political landscape: the POLLS. and not just any poll, but the one run by the media run by the formidable Mr Murdoch. Mr Murdoch anoints PMs and presidents… The only one Uncle Rupe did not grant rights-of-being-in-charge what Ms Julia Gillard. He hated that fact. 

Julia herself had to make some unsavoury contortions in order to accommodate the ultra-religious mob (stirred by Mr Murdoch) in her Labor Party…

Abbott only got the Primeministership because Mr Murdoch had decided this unelectable prick was the only way to get rid of Julia. Mr Murdoch played Rudd versus Julia in the Labor Party. Politically, they killed each other, leaving the dork-in-chief, Abbott, the shifty mug, standing tall in the mud. End of story. 

Not quite. The saga was that Abbott was going to massively loose the next elections and the Labor “socialists” were going to win. Horror! Abbott was a massive loose dick in politics. His puppet-master, la Madam Credlin, had her hand up his arse and he nodded like a dummy. This is not the way to do politics in the best of best countries. Mr Murdoch shuffled the deckchairs and pumped up Malcolm’s ego so he would have the courage to challenge Abbott...

This was a neat trick to keep the CONservative in power. Malcolm believed in his “destiny” to lead, but overall he was yet another amateur with no idea. Please look at his $1 billion “Innovation Nation” programme. Great idea! Soon (actually straight away) one could see that this was a programme designed by accountants to find new ways to do accountancy, especially tax fiddles. In order to get a foot in the door of this great innovation idea, one needed a degree in accountancy and an army of accountants to manage the minefield of accounting hoops and tax traps. Not the way to run an efficient country or invent a better mousetrap. Taxing the mining industry would have been much easier. But this had been tried by Julia and she'd got hit for six. Taxing the mining industry is seen as the equivalent of nationalising the dirt underground (which it should be). 

So the amateur hour continued… The religious mob and the advertising executives of the CONservatives got their day. Malcolm was soon replaced by someone who is more savvy but far sneakier than Abbott… My view is that the sooner we get rid of Scott Morrison, the better for everyone. But becoming adults in this infantile political system? We can hope. Malcolm failed miserably at his elitist Republic… John Howard knew how to play the better childish game of deceit in this political landscape of little brats and young louts… 

We’re still suffering…

Meanwhile the Yanks are about to shoot themselves in the head, whichever way they vote… Strangely, the Trump might be the best option to go down the drain with caustic soda, than go flush with the hypocritical Corporate Democrats… It’s wicked… Weird...

more abbotisms...

The Media

The media were in love with Tony Abbott's visions...

 

economy

The Australian economy was run (down) by Abbott and his lackeys...

 

 

poor petal

One of the problems for Malcolm had been the same for everybody else...

At least Julia has been able to maintain a smile without a smirk or a single complaint since having been booted out of office by Democracy herself (see human loneliness and health are connected in evolution... in voter ignorance has worried political philosophers since plato till trumpism...)...

the way the statues should be...

Shrouded in black, the vandalised busts of Tony Abbott and John Howard await the restorer. Photo: Twitter

 

jwh and ta

 

It comes as Victorian police are also investigating the defacing of statues in Ballarat.

The statues of former Australian prime ministers Tony Abbott and John Howard were sprayed with red paint on Saturday morning.

They have since been covered and fenced off and a conservator will assess the damage on Monday.

 

Read more:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/indigenous-news/2020/06/14/cook-statue-a...

 

John Winston Howard should be in prison for declaring an illegal war on Saddam and Tony Abbott statue should have been thrown out at sea in a shaff-bag...