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Bob Hawke and crackers

HawkeStrewth its getting to be a daily ritual for the ALP to drag out a new dinosaur to try to extort money form the party faithful in support¬† of the ever more desperate Rudd campaign. Maybe when it comes to the Labor government now would be the time to remind readers of that wonderful Monty Python Sketch about a certain Norwegian Blue…

Maybe Kevin is just pining for the fiords…

Cheers Comrades

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Of selfies and lies

As i wait for this game to arrive in my PO box from the UK * I can’t help thinking that the launch trailer says a lot about the ALP campaign thus far. Right have you watched the trailer (this means you Ray ūüėȬ† )yet? The save the world speech, although laden with profanity very much reminds me of our new Again Dear Leader¬† who would have the nation believe that Tony Abbott is an alien invader and that only he can save the country by putting his underpants on over¬† his trousers and spreading the word that¬† the nation will be destroyed under an Abbott government.

For a man who declared that he was opposed to negative campaigning  we are seeing a great deal that is negative coming out of Team Labor  but worse still we are seeing a great deal that is fake as well like the ads staring Susannah Hardy that purport to be a struggling housewife asking the hard questions of Tony Abbott. You probably recognise this:

Her posts on her blog reveal a woman who loves to live with style - rather than fretting about the number of nurses and teachers employed by governments like the hard-working mother she portrays in the attack ad. The 44-year-old boasted on her blog last weekend that her lawyer husband and their two daughters, aged 5 and 2, had been living with her parents for the past 10 weeks while undertaking renovations.   "Being a Parent Never Ends - at least not for my parents,'' she wrote. "I've cooked about three meals in 10 weeks and yet have enjoyed countless gourmet dinners. "Apart from one vacuum, I've done no cleaning and not really sure if I've changed our sheets or towels. My parents wine supply is slowly diminishing because my husband and I have whole-heartedly embraced the pre-dinner drink and chat.'' Hardy's parents are also helping by looking after the children. "Friday night, they babysat our children and I think we're going out next Saturday night as well," she wrote. But life can be hard when you've got renovations to worry about - even if you aren't concerned about whether Mr Abbott has got something to hide. "I was furious!'' she wrote earlier, referring to a misunderstanding over a bill. "I hadn't been told about a courier charge, which would add another $15 onto my expensive Spanish handmade tiles. Not a lot I know but it's the principal [sic]."

Her posts on her blog reveal a woman who loves to live with style – rather than fretting about the number of nurses and teachers employed by governments like the hard-working mother she portrays in the attack ad. The 44-year-old boasted on her blog last weekend that her lawyer husband and their two daughters, aged 5 and 2, had been living with her parents for the past 10 weeks while undertaking renovations.
“Being a Parent Never Ends – at least not for my parents,” she wrote. “I’ve cooked about three meals in 10 weeks and yet have enjoyed countless gourmet dinners.
“Apart from one vacuum, I’ve done no cleaning and not really sure if I’ve changed our sheets or towels. My parents wine supply is slowly diminishing because my husband and I have whole-heartedly embraced the pre-dinner drink and chat.”
Hardy’s parents are also helping by looking after the children. “Friday night, they babysat our children and I think we’re going out next Saturday night as well,” she wrote.
But life can be hard when you’ve got renovations to worry about – even if you aren’t concerned about whether Mr Abbott has got something to hide.
“I was furious!” she wrote earlier, referring to a misunderstanding over a bill. “I hadn’t been told about a courier charge, which would add another $15 onto my expensive Spanish handmade tiles. Not a lot I know but it’s the principal [sic].”
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It reminds me of several other campaigns run by the ALP over the last few years, like the one for which the built an expensive set  that pretended to be an average Aussie Kitchen at the cost of many thousands of dollars to promote the Carbon tax compensation when they could have just used the real thing for just a couple of grand. Sadly this dedication to artifice and faux reality is all too common and you would think that given the clear intention to try to use social media in its campaign that  the ALP would have grasped the fundamental importance of veracity when it comes to their advertising. Surely there must be some real people who are actually afraid of an Abbott government  rather than a professional liar sprouting her lines for a fee.

Ah well that leads me to a question for our dear readers, which is to ask what political ads have struck you as being above average or real clangers. More importantly which ads do you think have been effective in selling their message?

Cheers Comrades

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*This little black duck does not want to have a censored version of the game¬† ho hum…

Plants vs Zombie Rudd

When I having something of a “senior”¬† moment I have been known to¬† say that “I’m on drugs”¬† in reference to my pain meds. Well watch this and I invite you dear reader to consider just what kind of drugs¬† the New Again Dear Leader¬† is on in this video:

Besides the unbelievable LITURGY¬† suggesting that¬† victory is possible for the ALP¬† what I found so irksome was the New¬† Again Dear Leader telling this bunch of children that the “ALP build things and the Coalition Knock them down “ which is bollocks¬† because the truth is that the ALP plan to build things and then fail more often than they succeed in making anything worth while. .

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Any way the reason I’m posting this is because the ¬† New Again Dear Leader¬† distinctly says that he is “is not gong to draw breath” for the next three weeks until the¬† election. Now the last time I checked a human being can survive for a couple of minutes with out breathing and after about five minutes you have irrevocable brain damage so imagine the state of the New Again Dear Leader ‘s brain by the time that the polls open on September 7… this must mean that we already have a Zombie PM in the lodge

Cheers Comrades

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Fairfax just needs a murdered schoolgirl…

The report in today’s Oz raises an interesting moral question about the nature of journalism,¬† namely is it morally acceptable for a journaist to break the law to get a story.

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So after breaking to the ALP database in a flagrant breach of the law this troika of Age journalists are trying to suggest that it was their god given right as “journalists” to flout the law in pursuit of some “great truth”? Is it any wonder that the profession is held in such contempt by the public? The thing is if these three get away with hacking¬† the ALP how long will it be before we have members of the fourth estate¬† hacking the computers of ordinary citizens ? Of Bloggers, like you and I dear reader, just because we may happen to express opinions that they dislike?¬† The laws that protect the ALP in this instance¬† protect us all and no one should be exempt from prosecution when they get into our computer systems¬† because they are “journalists”.

It has just occurred to me that Fairfax has taken such delight in the woes of the British branch of the Murdoch press in relation to the “hacking” scandal that saw one tabloid shut down in shame and journalists facing criminal charges and here they are with their own little “hack-gate”¬† sadly for the general public there is no great heart string puller like the victim being a murdered school girl in the Australian example but morally is this act by Fairfax journalists really that different?

I don’t think so,

Cheers Comrades

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Of mandates, promises and the inevitability of the Carbon tax being repealed

I have repeatedly suggested that when it comes to repealing the carbon tax that the ALP¬† will not be at all obstructive in the upper house because they will have to concede that Tony Abbott will have a mandate to do this. Now I find in today’s Oz the same suggestion from Tony Abbott himself:

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My friends from the left have been fooling themselves if they think that the incoming government will not be true to their word, after all being untruthful to the electorate is what will be buying Labor’s very long lease on their wilderness accommodation…
Cheers Comrades
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Labor’s Light Brigade and the coffin makers union

If there is one certainty in this country  it is the simple fact that The Fairfax press will always give any Labor  government the benefit of the doubt for  far longer than it will do for any Coalition administration. Its just what we expect from them because most of their journos are sympathetic to leftist thinking  and ideology. Thus when you have a lead story suggesting that Gillard resign from the Prime Minister position then things must be really crook with the government:

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Some how though I doubt that Gillard will go with any dignity, that she is capable of making the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of the party. She is just arrogant enough to think that her losing face by resigning would be less preferable than leading the party into the blazing guns of a well disciplined opposition who are not in the mood for showing any mercy to a government as bad and incompetent as her administration.

One can only think that Gillard is imagining  this poem,

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley’d and thunder’d;
Storm’d at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro’ the jaws of Death
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

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and imagining that she will be redeemed in a  political afterlife  as one of the glorious dead who went down fighting. We are not however any longer in the age of Alfred, Lord Tennyson where we glory in the noble but stupid and pointless sacrifice. We are in an age of pragmatic politics where we expect that the sacrifice for the greater good should be as bloodless as possible. Of course I agree with Fairfax press insofar s they are suggesting that Gillard has used up all of her electoral good will frankly it no longer matters how she tries to present her self, no matter what sort contortions she tries  hers is a lost cause  and she can only drag the entire party  down further with each extra day she stays in the lodge.

¬†Ray must be just as despairing as all of the all the other¬† ALP tragics¬† at this point in time because even Kevin “I’m here to help” Rudd¬† will lack the power to¬† retain office at the election. You see I used to think that Rudd “could save the furniture” but now I’m not so sure,¬† because the party brand has been so tainted by the Gillard crew that even many of their “true believers” will either vote for Abbott or, as I think more likely, just abstain by making an informal vote on September.

Of course the coffin makers union are delighted at the prospects of such a large surge in business  from the  Labor light brigade  but they are , like so many unions, being short sighted and self focused because for the sake of our democracy we do actually need  two parties who are both relatively competent in government and who will deliver to the people good governance and sound administration and the real tragedy of the Gillard government is that they have demonstrated that the ALP are not only unfit to govern but also that they are also not going to be capable of providing a respectable or credible  opposition for a a very long time  either.

Cheers Comrades

Gillard (seated) and her most trusted advisors

Gillard (seated) and her most trusted advisers

Congratulations to Mal Brough the new LNP candidate for Fisher

Mr Abbott is the odds-on-favourite to win the next election and is already under pressure to promote a bevy of rising stars to the frontbench. But none of his existing frontbenchers has indicated a willingness to step aside and the jostling for the spoils of victory has already begun.
Apart from the recently minted NSW senator and former right-hand man to John Howard, Arthur Sinodinos, who is certain to be promoted, others in line include Scott Ryan, Jamie Briggs, Simon Birmingham, Paul Fletcher and Kelly O’Dwyer.
The former West Australian Liberal treasurer, Christian Porter, is also set to join federal Parliament and will be expecting rapid promotion.
Mr Brough was elected in 1996. He entered the ministry in 2001 and the cabinet in 2006.
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While the minions of the left struggle to find reasons to describe the coalition as evil incarnate they are in fact being offered some very hard working and dedicated talent in the candidates that have been chosen to stand for the party at the next election. There is an interesting contrast between the ALP and the coalition here. At the last state election our oldest political party struggled to get enough people to pull on the ALP jersey as candidates and they struggled even more to get anyone to man to polling stations (only one very depressed chap on the verge of tears at the one I voted at) Yet on the conservative side we have just seen a very spirited competition result in Mal Brough winning the pre-selection for Fisher, The Phil Coorey piece I cite above seems to be missing the point that its better to have lots of talent to draw a ministry from than to have too few in your team that are worthy and able to take a seat at the big table.

Cheers Comrades

Tell Julia what you think of the ALP

The ALP want to know what its “members and supporters” think about it and to that end they are running a survey:

click to tell Julia what you think about our oldest political party

Of course as I get their email I did the survey….
Cheers Comrades

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