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Just a quickie this morning as I very soon have to get my number one child up and ready for school. I find this story rather sadly amusing:
The man knows that he has no reputation and that he is loathed so much in his own seat that he will be turfed out at the next election and clearly he is not seeking any sort of redemption in the eyes of the public with nonsense like this.
So much for the Gillard‘s government being “progressive” if they are willing to countenance nonsense like this.
This blog has previously noted that Greens supporter Jeremy Sear has a far more favourable view towards left-wing protests than he does right-wing protests for no real reason other than that they belong to the same political tribe as himself.
True to form, Jeremy in his latest post disputes that the Australia Day Aboriginal ’embassy’ protest, apparently inspired by the Prime Minister’s office, involved violence.
Let’s look at the facts of this protest:
– the angry mob barricaded the PM and Opposition Leader inside a function centre, yelling obscenities and acting aggressively.
– there was pushing of and jousting with police.
– Julia Gillard’s bodyguards deemed the situation dangerous enough that they grabbed and moved the Prime Minister off.
– Protesters followed the PM and Opposition Leader to their cars, forcing police to push them off. One even jumps in front of their vehicle.
If Jeremy disputes the meaning of the term violence, perhaps he should consult a dictionary:
1. swift and intense force: the violence of a storm.
2. rough or injurious physical force, action, or treatment: to die by violence.
3. an unjust or unwarranted exertion of force or power, as against rights or laws: to take over a government by violence.
4. a violent act or proceeding.
That last definition would seem to cover what unfortunately occurred on Australia Day.
Presumably, Jeremy’s view is that there’s no violence unless someone is seriously or wilfully assaulted. What an absurd position to take.
I bet that if an angry mob presented itself outside the home of Mr and Mrs Sear and carried on in such a manner, that our friend would be quick on the phone to the police, as any sensible person would.
Here’s an indication of the calibre of some of Jeremy’s readers:
Don’t you know Jeremy: Angry people = riot = an excuse not to do anything about what made the people angry in the first place. Unless the angry people are Coalition voters of course.
It’s called realpolitik or political opportunism. Take your pick. The neocons are world class practitioners of it.
The optics of this situation are not good, but can you blame them? Abbott was being a dick, like usual, speaking without thinking
Unlike the objective intellectual dishonesty debunker that Jeremy imagines to be, he is little more than a partisan observer who cannot see things as they are if they conflict with his world-view. No wonder his readers are all of the left, and similarly blinded by their one-eyed view of things.
To this humble scribe our politics is rather like a soap opera writ large and run on every channel. From day to day we see the new drama high point as rival groups of script writers try to get their message up to the public and frankly there is some wry amusement to be found in the Australia day kerfuffle that Ray so kindly reported to the Sandpit readers as events were unfolding. Now that Julia will apparently get her shoe back (according to Britain’s Daily Mail) although you would not blame her for wanting to burn it if she does get it back. However the cutest plot twist of the whole sorry incident is the fact that it was one of the PM’s own staff who started the ball rolling on the nasty event by (dog) whistling up the land rights loony tunes from the tent embassy and misrepresenting Tony Abbott’s entirely innocuous comemnts as something far more provocative.
Of course the staffer involved has fallen on his sword, as we quite rightly expect, however you have to ask just what sort of judgement led to him being engaged in the position in the first place if he was so lacking in good sense to have done something so stupid. His lack of judgement has exposed the PM to global ridicule and set of a course of events which has set back the cause of indigenous people, destroying a huge amount of good will that they enjoyed form the general public.
Hmm it seems to me that instead of employing young lefty ideologues in her press office Gillard needs to have some wise and cautious heads who don’t actaully believe the propaganda that they sprout about the opposition leader. but then again at this point in the government’s fortunes what wise head would want to work for a PM who has the ignoble prospect of being our worst Prime Minster since federation?
Tony Hodges, who has worked in the Prime Minister’s office since 2009, told an unnamed source that Tony Abbott would be at an awards ceremony near to the Aboriginal tent embassy in Canberra on Thursday.
The PM’s office said the information was passed to activists angry at Mr Abbott just before an ugly protest led to a dramatic police rescue of Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott.