AT A SMALL and sedate gathering of friends last night, the old year ended as it should, with folding money clutched for luck at midnight’s stroke and a toast to what Australia needs most of all just at the moment: an election.
May it happen soon, and may it see this appalling government’s press enablers proven wrong once again. The wisdom of the moment says Gillard’s crew is safe until 2013, its hold on government cemented by the shabby deal which installed the even shabbier Peter Slipper in the Speaker’s chair. Don’t bet on it.
No OdourEater is large enough to dispel the stink of this Slipper’s rorting, so expect the next parliament to be an endless knife fight of calls for investigations of his expenses, ethics and publicly funded private pleasures. Gillard’s only option will be to apply the gag, to close down debate and have her way by force of numbers alone. It will not be a good look, her rabble’s every arrogant refusal to provide answers a reminder that this a government which puts a much higher premium on its survival than the national interest.
And then there is that other Prince of Pong, the brothel-creeping Craig Thomson, who must sooner or later take a break from changing his new baby’s nappies and report for parliamentary duty. He will be gone before too many months have passed -- gone, perhaps, from backbench straight to dock. He’s another of the reeds too thin to support Gillard’s hope that, if she can only hang on long enough, the public will grow accustomed to the stench, come to regard it as the norm and vote her back for another term. As game plans go, that one is right up there with the belief that her carbon tax will lower global temperatures.
Fasten seat belts, it’s going to be a wild, wild year.
Happy New Year to you Professor! And may your salient comments continue to be my first port of call each day. The "meeja" in this country pales into insignificance compared to your considered tomes.ReplyDelete
And a Happy New Year to you too Professor. Thank God for your sharp mind and clever way with words and the willingness to call things as they are!!ReplyDelete
Arghhh! I just woke from a time warp nightmare. It was 1969 and I was among the young radicals manning the barricades against the "pig state" that had dragged us into the Vietnam War. Suddenly it was 2012 and the young radicals had become a leftwing "pig state" that was attempting to grind the proletariat into the dirt with new taxes and loss of jobs and 1984-style doublespeak in which taxes are good for us, free speech is bad for us and plant food is pollution. Lucky it was only a George Orwell fantasy.ReplyDelete
Rumour has it that you will get your wish around March/April, Professor.ReplyDelete
The local servo/PO/Eatery/truck stop have just received cartons of electioneering pamphlets from the parties concerned...
I understand the catalyst is the National Credit Card about to exceed its $250 Billion limit, and Swan taking the fall for it.
Oh Winston and very good Professor, would you were right. Sadly, I fear this heap of slime and bluster will not be daunted by any issue of morality or precedent. They care not at all. They will surely also try somehow to steal the next election. Vigilance needed.ReplyDelete
Winston - I am a god fearing person and I earnestly pray you are bang on with your rumor.ReplyDelete
Professor, may your blog continue to prosper during 2012 with its unerring aim,smiting those Philistines in our midst with Fairfax's arse bone - well,to me they do have their arse bone poking out of their threadbare pants.