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Leon Bertrand and I have a face to face meet up with Scott Bridges planned for today which should be quite interesting to say the least, because how often do you get a chance to meet up with your online “enemy ” after a decade long blog war?
Hold on comrades this could be an interesting ride
It looks to me like Rudd is finally warming up just as Labor’s fortunes are at their lowest ebb with Gillard about as popular as a bad case of gangrene. the question is will the party take that one last gamble with Brother Number One?
True believers Like Ray are holding onto the possibility that Rudd might save some seats but I have my doubts simply because I think that having abandoned Labor and have gone to the coalition already most of those mythical “swinging voters” will not be easily lured back from their decision to support Abbott over Gillard with the possibility of a recycled leader. Those who have decided to vote Green are irrelevant because their preferences will mostly go to Labor anyway. In any event before Rudd can go to the people as leader of the ALP he has to convince the caucus to vote for him, they certainly have to be desperate but I just can’t see them falling over themselves to abandon Julia Gillard no matter how many pre-emptively empty out their offices in Canberra start making plans for a life after politics. No I just can’t see a leadership spill happening in the next 9o odd days what I do think we are seeing here is Rudd positioning himself to take over the leadership AFTER September 14 when he can be a new Labor Messiah and set them on the path out of the wilderness.
To be honest I doubt that many of the current government really care that much who leads them at the moment.and when apathy is the order of the day the incumbent will always be the winner no matter how loathsome the incumbent, Labor already knows that it is dead and all that we will see is a Zombie shuffle between now and the middle of September.
Over to you Comrade Ray
This is my 3000th post here at the Sandpit, isn’t it amazing just how quickly this milestone has come around?
I like to think that this blog functions at many different levels and its contents is as varied as life itself .
Its primary purpose has always been to keep me entertained and to give purpose to my morning cruise through the daily news reports and blog updates , to that end I like to write about the issue de jour that has taken my fancy as I sip on my first brew for the day. Of course I have also shared some of the events that happen in my own life when I have thought them notable enough and I have tried to do that with a little bit of wit and my rather wry sense of humour.
So for the next three thousand posts I hope to continue to provoke and stimulate thought and words from you, my dear readers, even if those thoughts and words are entirely focused on telling me that I have got it wrong in the most fundamental ways! Sometimes I even get feedback affirming that what I have said is correct, frankly either response pleases me though naturally the later has a somewhat sweeter effect on the palette.
As blog master here it is my duty to approve new commentators here and mostly its something that I do with out much thought, If I don’t think that comment is generated by a spam bot it usually gets an easy pass and I welcome a new player into the Sandpit. It is after all more fun for all if I encourage lively debate and lively debate needs differing points of view so I don’t usually care at all what someone believes in as long as they can be civil to others in the comment threads.
In the many years that I have been playing the blogging game there has been a rather long “conga line of suckholes” who have tried to silence me because they think that I am evil incarnate, or at least a” very naughty boy” that they wish to teach a lesson too. In the process I have had a number of individuals who have reinvented themselves many times under different pseudonyms. Usually I pick them rather quickly and either give them enough rope to hang themselves or just put them on a watching brief if I am less certain. It does not take most of them long to return to the tropes and memes that got them banned in the first place others who have been more devious have stayed under my radar for longer until their own arrogance and hubris gives them away.
Imagine my surprise when I saw this piece in the age a few days ago:
You have to love the way that the Internet makes such tools available to everyone and just how useful those tools would be to someone who has been repeatedly stalked and harassed by individuals flying different flags of convenience. Surely some of the worst offenders should be less than than sanguine about having to own the words and bile they have sprouted over the years. Now if only I could be bothered to use the software that I have downloaded…
Welcome to a brave new world Comrades