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Scary Stuff: Meeting Clive Palmer And Co On Weekend TV

And as for Jacqui Lambie?

As I said at the outset, she’s the only class to emerge thus far from the Palmer pool; she might be unpolished, and she may be rough (in the gemstone sense), but there is an authenticity about her and intelligence of sorts that is difficult to discern from anything else released publicly by Palmer’s eponymous little outfit.

She’s told Willesee the areas that matters to her: Veterans’ Affairs, the Tasmanian economy and parliamentary standards generally. I’d make the observation that if standards are important to her, she’s likely to be sorely disappointed in the Palmer United Party, and disappointed very quickly.

From her words it seems inconceivable that she’d ever join the Liberal Party; as far as I’m concerned, this broadcast should be interpreted by the Tasmanian Nationals as a green light to go and talk to her, find out what she wants in more detail, and persuade her to jump ship.

This is something I agree with wholeheartedly Yale , Lambie seems to be the only one of the PUP senators worthy of any respect and at all likely to do the right thing for the country rather than just towing the self interested Palmer line.
Cheers Comrade Yale

The Red And The Blue

I’VE JUST SEEN Mike Willesee’s piece from last night’s edition of Sunday Night on the Seven network; by now it’s well known Palmer arranged to meet Willesee in Boston, only to stand him up. Even so, Willesee spent time with Palmer’s gaggle of emergent Senators — including the Motoring Enthusiast Party’s Ricky Muir — before catching Palmer at his Coolum resort. If this is indicative of the true calibre of the Palmer team, then God help Australia.

I have long maintained that the only class in the Palmer United Party’s team of elected representatives is new Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, and that some attempt should be made by the Coalition to poach her; more on that a little later.

Tonight’s is a short post (with QandA screening imminently) mostly just to post and share vision from a truly eye-opening edition of Sunday Night that broadcast last night on the Seven network…

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  1. Ray Dixon says:

    Lambie seems to be the only one of the PUP senators worthy of any respect and at all likely to do the right thing for the country

    I think I’ll have to go out and buy a new calendar, Iain. Mine is obviously several months (or years) behind because it tells me that today’s date is the 10th of June 2014 and that the PUP senator elects you and the reactionary Yale have already written off as useless have not even taken their seats in the Senate and won’t do so for a few weeks yet – 1st of July to be precise.

    That being the case (let’s assume my calendar IS correct – I mean, just humour me), how can you and Yale pre-judge this new group before you’ve even seen them in action and before they’ve had the opportunity to deal directly with legislation presented to the Upper House?

    Of course they come across as a bunch of inexperienced novices because guess what? That’s what they are. Look, at least two of them – Palmer himself and Lambie – already demonstrate a fair bit of political nous so you never know how much of that might rub off on the other three. As for Muir’s embarrassing interview, I’d put that down to nerves. I’ve heard him speak before and he struck me as being a fairly straight forward and genuine ‘average Jo’ and a refreshing change. In fact I think you’ll find the PUP will be just that.

    Oh, and as for PUP being all about Palmer’s interests, well blow me down with a feather – I had no idea that people went into Parliament for their own ends. Arthur Sinodinos anyone?

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Ray

    Lambie seems to be the only one of the PUP senators worthy of any respect and at all likely to do the right thing for the country

    I think I’ll have to go out and buy a new calendar, Iain. Mine is obviously several months (or years) behind because it tells me that today’s date is the 10th of June 2014 and that the PUP senator elects you and the reactionary Yale have already written off as useless have not even taken their seats in the Senate and won’t do so for a few weeks yet – 1st of July to be precise.

    Well it goes down to what sort of people they are doesn’t it? Really do you think that the brightest lights are going to shine on for an ego maniac like Palmer?

    That being the case (let’s assume my calendar IS correct – I mean, just humour me), how can you and Yale pre-judge this new group before you’ve even seen them in action and before they’ve had the opportunity to deal directly with legislation presented to the Upper House?

    They can be legitimately prejudged by any elector because they have become part of the public life of our country and they did so from the moment the polls were declared even though they do not take up their seats until next month

    Of course they come across as a bunch of inexperienced novices because guess what? That’s what they are. Look, at least two of them – Palmer himself and Lambie – already demonstrate a fair bit of political nous so you never know how much of that might rub off on the other three. As for Muir’s embarrassing interview, I’d put that down to nerves. I’ve heard him speak before and he struck me as being a fairly straight forward and genuine ‘average Jo’ and a refreshing change. In fact I think you’ll find the PUP will be just that.

    The PUP are and always will be a total farce Ray, good for entertainment value, in fact they are the epitome of satire made manifest They are our very own version of the Monster Raving Loonie Party but the sad thing is that Palmer takes him self totally serious.

    Oh, and as for PUP being all about Palmer’s interests, well blow me down with a feather – I had no idea that people went into Parliament for their own ends. Arthur Sinodinos anyone?

    Yawn!
    that is a totally false comparison

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    it goes down to what sort of people they are

    What sort of people are: Arthur Sinodinos, Bob Katter, Fiona Scott and half the Coalition nongs that got elected for the first time in 2013? Not the brightest or best, are they? Still, they represent the great mix of society, just like the PUP people do. There are no qualifications or IQ tests required to qualify to be elected, Iain. Warren Truss is proof of the IQ part. The only qualification is that you don’t have a criminal record and you are not a bankrupt. Sinodinos might be in trouble on both those fronts pretty soon.

  4. Ray Dixon says:

    Case in point, Iain: I know a bloke who is a local councillor. When he first ran for office he was regarded as a joke, a drunk who didn’t even have a job and spent most of his time at the pub. He also smoked weed, copiously. His greatest claim to fame was driving all the way to Sydney to bring back his dead brother’s body in the back of his ute to save on funeral costs. Got the picture? He was swept into office on the back of the ‘yobbo’ vote and by those who just thought ‘oh, he’s a nice enough bloke, why not’. He was the accidental councillor for sure. Even became the accidental Mayor when the other councillors outsmarted themselves in a complicated Mayoral vote. He then lost his driver’s license for 2 years in his first term while Mayor (no, not for carrying a dead body, for drunk driving and refusing a second breath test – left the scene, no less and lucky not to be jailed). Guess what? He actually turned out to be very good at the job, very helpful to citizens and fair-minded. He’s since been re-elected … twice!

    Moral of the story? Even derros can make good elected representatives. You need to understand that more people are like those PUP members than unlike them. They’re actually more representative of ‘the great masses’ than most pollies are.

  5. Iain Hall says:

    Ray
    while I agree that people can “grow into the job” how likely do you really think it is that all four of Palmer’s stooges are going to emulate your anecdotal Councillor? Frankly I reckon that if one turns out OK rather than being a constant joke like that Field fellow from Family First?
    Frankly I reckon that a 25% success rate would be doing very well which brings us back to the suggestion from Both Yale and I that Jackie Lambieis likely to be the most significant and credible of the four. The WA fellow is a total sycophant, Lazurus is a meathead footballer and Ricky Muir is already way out of his depth……

  6. GD says:

    she’s the only one with class to emerge thus far from the Palmer pool

    I’m not sure about that:

    http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2014/s4008557.htm

    Sarah Ferguson on their ABC asked, ‘you said that the Federal Budget proves that the Liberals are a bunch of gutless sycophants lead by uncaring psychopaths’.

    ‘On reflection, did you go too far calling them psychopaths?’

    Jacquie Lambie: ‘I don’t think so’.

  7. Iain Hall says:

    GD
    The pool itself does seem very deep but that does not mean that she can’t be just a TINY bit better than the others… 😉

  8. Ray Dixon says:

    the Liberals are a bunch of gutless sycophants lead by uncaring psychopaths

    She’s just what we need – someone who tells it like it is.

  9. Iain Hall says:

    Gee Ray you are beginning to sound like you have sold your soul to Clive…

  10. Ray Dixon says:

    No Iain, I’m just keeping an open mind until I see what they actually do and how it works out before I make any judgements. Unlike, um, others.

  11. Jeff G. says:

    If you sold your soul to Clive he would probably eat it.

    As for his senators, I wouldn’t give you ten cents for the lot of them. Yes, I have seen Jacquie a couple of times and she seems OK, in a straight down the line, Pauline Hanson (minus the abject racism) kind of way. But Lazarus is a muppet and Ricky Muir is a brain dead bogan. But like the saying goes, “people get the government they deserve”, so perhaps it’s appropriate that these jokers have ended up with the balance of power.

  12. Ray Dixon says:

    Lazarus is a muppet and Ricky Muir is a brain dead bogan.

    So they’re representative of a large slice of the populus then? So was Hanson, for a while.

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