Abbott: When I grow up

20 Dec
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59 Responses to “Abbott: When I grow up”

  1. silkworm December 20, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    The only thing he is doing in London is avoiding questions about Ashbygate. In fact, he was asked about it, and he ran away, saying he would only answer questions if the Ashby case was not asked about. Tony Abbott, you are a chicken. Buck buck buckaaaah.

    • Jennifer Wilson December 20, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      Did he really say that? He’d only answer questions if they weren’t about Ashby?? What an idiot, does he think it will go away if he pretends it didn’t happen? Honestly, he really needs to go.

      • Poirot December 20, 2012 at 9:38 am #

        Jennifer,

        First report was that Abbott was standing by Brough even though he hadn’t read the judgment.
        Apparently he commented “Mal’s a friend of mine…” – and he was confident that he (Brough) “acted rightly at all times.”

        http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-19/abbott-stands-by-brough-despite-not-reading-ashby-judgment/4435478

        • Jennifer Wilson December 20, 2012 at 11:11 am #

          “Any friend of mine will always do the right thing.” LOL

          • Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

            TRanslation:
            “Mal is a {Catholic} mate.We can have all indiscretions,misdemeanour’s and unsavoury events surgically removed with a quick trip to the box,where the adjacent event eraser(priest) scrubs the slate clean.Unless God tells you personally,we are innocent until we say otherwise.”

  2. gerard oosterman December 20, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Why would photos of a possible leader always doing sport things be seen as proof of being exceptionally gifted in leading. Ok, perhaps on a bike or may be running through the surf but in politics? Is he going to give bikes to refugees or will he help them wade through pounding surf when a boat crashes against rocks? I just don’t see what is the attraction.
    Why do we hardly ever see photos of our leaders reading a book or in an art gallery?
    I would run a mile from any politician wearing a helmet or carrying boxes of tomatoes.
    I’ll make an exception on photos with potential leaders playing healthy outdoor chess sport.

    • Jennifer Wilson December 20, 2012 at 9:20 am #

      Have you heard about what Putin does? The Russian Iron Man.He can show no weakness. But alas, he did his back in flying with Canadian geese or something

      • helvityni December 20, 2012 at 9:54 am #

        Two of a kind then ?

      • Hypocritophobe December 20, 2012 at 10:04 am #

        I wonder if you could tell which was goose which was Putin, from the ground?

    • Hypocritophobe December 20, 2012 at 10:03 am #

      And can you imagine what the paper-nasty would say if Gillard donned the lycra?
      Look what was made of JG in short coats.

  3. doug quixote December 20, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    .
    In the clearing stands a boxer
    And a fighter by his trade,
    And he carries the reminders
    Of ev’ry glove that layed him down
    Or cut him till he cried out
    In his anger and his shame
    “I am leaving, I am leaving”
    But the fighter still remains . . .

    But how much longer this particular boxer will remain is unclear.
    What is clear is that the Abbott experiment has failed.
    He had until the middle of 2012 to force an election, and he failed.

    Only the stubborn polls have saved him to date. And that appears no longer to be the case :

    http://www.roymorgan.com/

    Expect Christmas dinner in Warringah to resemble the Last Supper. :)

    • Hypocritophobe December 20, 2012 at 11:27 am #

      About that last supper.

      *Anyone (coalition) who was in on the Slipper Ashby stunt + Salmonella = justice.*

    • doug quixote December 20, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      attrib : From “The Boxer” Simon and Garfunkel.

      • Hypocritophobe December 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

        I don’t think Abbott will be having any last supper now, after the Swan Song delivered today.A coalition Christmas bonus.
        I cannot think of one economist who ever believed the promise, and similar numbers have said the decisions is months overdue.The damage for delay could be telling.

        No doubt Abbott will cash in.
        In fact most economists who spoke today actually said they had factored in a deficit,such was their respect for Swans foolhardy pipe dream.It says a lot when the number one money manager does the opposite to what all the others had almost unanimously decided.
        At least he has made Garrett and Wong look a smidgeon better.
        Poor Wayne.I guess the did it now so TA would not humiliate them in parliament.(When I say ‘they’ I mean whichever female front-bencher draws Tony’s short straw.)

        • doug quixote December 20, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

          Maybe Labor are trying to save Abbott’s hide?

          I’ve said before that I’d like to see him stay as Opposition Leader for the rest of the decade. :)

          • Hypocritophobe December 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

            Faux Labor have enlisted Abbott to water-board them, while faux Labor water-boards us.
            It’s excruciating.I want (Australia needs) an election as early possible,now, because I know the result will be the same.It’s just that the period of torture will be shorter.
            We could wait for another ten Labor back-flips, but why?

  4. Poirot December 21, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Just came across this article by Chris Uhlmann on Abbott:

    http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2012/12/17/3656062.htm

    • hudsongodfrey December 21, 2012 at 9:39 am #

      Uhlmann came across very poorly I thought. This is a lacklustre effort overall, and fails to capture the true character of the man who is perhaps the most transparently ambitious and narrowly focused among Australia’s current crop of political wannabes.

      • helvityni December 21, 2012 at 10:26 am #

        I read it but agree with Hudson, very disappointing.

      • Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 10:38 am #

        It’s political fellatio.Uhlmann feigning a public absolution,of sorts.
        Uhlmann ‘appears’ tohave gone to great effort to lace the article with glimmers of hope and a positive spin for Abbott.It’s a way of nuancing the truth.Understate the bad shit(why- even leave a lot out), make it look like it’s not so bad,he has redeeming features, he can change,there is still hope etc.) Add the good bits, and voila! True blue PM material.
        I have a lot of problems with the actual ethics of Uhlmann and the ABC for even going there.
        I think it was anyone’s role but Uhlmann’s, for (what to me) are obvious reasons..
        My advice to people is the same advice I give to buying a second hand car.”If it is freshly painted,stay away.There will be rust,rot and decay just below the shiny surface.
        Soon enough the mould and smell will make you physically ill, and the whole think will leak like a sieve, and finally it will simply fall apart”

        Can you not see Tone and Chris winking at each other across the room?

        • Poirot December 21, 2012 at 10:45 am #

          I have to admit that since the last election I have purposely avoided politics (although most of the pertinent stuff filters through)

          On that note, I find Tony Abbott’s persona to resemble a cardboard cut-out. He appears to possess zilch in the way of any depth of character or statesmanship.

          It’s like someone hauls out the cardboard Tony Abbott, stands it up beside the subject at hand…..and…..nothing….

          • zerograv1 December 21, 2012 at 11:01 am #

            Abbott stated that he got the job by default, he didnt really want the leadership but was asked to represent the last of the Howard club when the alternative group had Turnbull. It was an internal decision…..Now no one could accuse poor Tony of being the most glib speaker, he is more of an attack dog that a leader and he just isnt popular, but he’s about all the power block in the Liberal party have got in terms of someone that will stay loyal and on message to what the boys in the backroom want. So perhaps their party could use a little more marketing and get a prettier leader…..it worked for the Australian Democrats for ages when Natasha was leading….but look at the other possible choices – Pyne? Hockey? Its not a fine selection to choose from is it?

            • Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 11:25 am #

              They are all too piss weak to tap him on the shoulder.

              • helvityni December 21, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

                Sorry Hypo, they are not piss weak to tap him on the shoulder, there is NO ONE there. I don’t mind Turnbull but the Liberals don’t like him.
                Even him at the helm, you still have the rest of the no-hopers to deal with..

                • paul walter December 21, 2012 at 10:41 pm #

                  An oasis of common sense in a desert of erratically tangential patter.
                  No flurry of self presentation, just deals with an aspect of the actual issue.
                  Helvi, they are like the useless Tea Party in America, pretty much brain dead.
                  Labor should draw clear now that it has had the wit to drop the infantile Surplus fetish- the whole country is offering a relieved cheer, until after next election.

                  • helvityni December 22, 2012 at 11:42 am #

                    Merry Christmas to you Paul.

              • helvityni December 21, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

                “Actually I’d say there’s a fair chance yesterday’s dumping of the surplus by Wayne Swan will actually extend the ALP’s lead, especially among women – because it’s plainly sensible.”

                Allan Kohler

                • Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

                  Helvi,
                  May the powers that be grant your(and Al’s) miraculous Christmas gift.
                  I think he forgets to factor in that those women (there are many) who don’t like Gillard, actually go well beyond ‘dislike’, just as those who dislike Abbott actually hate his guts.
                  I said yesterday that the voters will be so sick of Abbott, et al, nagging about the latest back-flip they will willingly turn off Labor, just to give their ears a rest.We can only wait and see, but I think Alan is thinking with his gold-plated NAB pen.
                  Either that or he has some ‘accurate’ polling somewhere which back his view.

                  I think your observation that Abbott’s camp has limited l/ship possibilities is true,but I also think that should the Libs choose NOT to give the likes of MT a run,it actually indicates they are not as greedy to get power, as FL were when they jettisoned the Ruddster.Or maybe they want to run on the “If you want a/holes, we have a wide range” ticket, ie, you get what you pay for.(The opposite to what happened for the current govt setup)
                  At the moment I think the pendulum just swung back to Abbott.He has an issue which falls under the heading broken promise, an attentive media, and as usual a blood thirsty electorate.Labor should never have accepted Abbott’s dare,kept the dare going etc, then there would be no back-down.It was/is stupid unnecessary and will cost them dearly.
                  Now Mohammed Abbott has Swan on the ropes and will pummel him relentlessly.Every single time Swan mentions budget,money,finance,economy he will get smashed.
                  FL had the whole Slipper/Brough issue to bury Abbott once and for all, and blew their chance.Ashby has now counter challenged in FWA and will no doubt keep going until it falls his way,further bolstering the Abbott camp.
                  (The Libs will not let it go and will be $$$ him, in one way or the other)
                  Please keep in mind that everything(every single Labor dilemma) since Gillard, is all of their own doing.And done while they stupidly turned their back on their beliefs and those of the real Labor flock.
                  Let’s see which insignificant players come out to bat for Swan in the next week or so.My tip is, it will be the ultra-under-performers, under duress (Wong/Ferguson/Garrett/ etc) and at the orders of the same gorillas who anointed Gillard-Howard.
                  If Swan gets too much attention causing the polls to drop,Labor will probably dump him and slip Wong in.That would be an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions.So I guess you can pencil it in.

                  • helvityni December 22, 2012 at 11:43 am #

                    …and Merry Christmas to you too, Hypo.

                    • Hypocritophobe December 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

                      Seasons salutations to you and Gerard, Helvi.
                      Enjoy the pudding and the summer fruits.
                      Cheers.

                • paul walter December 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm #

                  You even read the Kohler.
                  It’s unfortunate there are not more Kohlers and Gittins and less tabloid liars.

  5. Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    @ Forrest,
    The other day you reached out with a glimmer of hope.Thanks FG

    I now return the favour, in kind.
    Cheers.

    https://open.abc.net.au/posts/christmas-in-camooweal-52az6or

    • Forrest Gumpp (@ForrestGumpp) December 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

      Thank you, Hypo, but I’m not exactly sure as to what it is that you refer to as being a ‘glimmer of hope’. Can you post the post link for me?

  6. doug quixote December 21, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    Hmmm

    “I think your observation that Abbott’s camp has limited l/ship possibilities is true,but I also think that should the Libs choose NOT to give the likes of MT a run,it actually indicates they are not as greedy to get power, as FL were when they jettisoned the Ruddster.”

    Whatever that alphabet soup is supposed to mean, the absolute desperation for power of this Coalition is not in doubt. They still seem to think Abbott might win.

    I hope they don’t realise in time that he is dead man walking, and has been for 6 months.

    But even the Noalition can’t be that stupid, can they ???

    • silkworm December 21, 2012 at 2:26 pm #

      The tide has turned for Labor. The latest Morgan poll has Labor leading the Coalition 52.5-47.5 on a 2PP basis. That is a comfortable win.

      • Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

        If that translated into an outright Labor win, I will eat my sweaty dusty hat.So let’s agree then.Bring on an election.The sooner the better.If Labor has the balls and the policies ???
        Let’s have a wager wormy, I’ll buy you a bottle of wine or carton of beer if the polls hold for 3 weeks.Same for you.

        • silkworm December 21, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

          Hypocrite:

          “Bring on an election.”

          Why?

          “The sooner the better.”

          Why?

          • Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

            Because Labor is poll driven.According to your take they’d win.
            Let’s see.

            Sooner the better because they have trashed what any Labor voter should expect from Labor.And because it is not the elcted members who have a say.It is factional war lords.I can wait till the ICA enquiry runs it’s course,but can Labor?

            Why do you sound so much like DQ?

            .

            • silkworm December 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm #

              “Why do you sound so much like DQ?”

              Perhaps we’re the same person. Or perhaps you’re being paranoid.

              Why do you sound so much like one of Abbott’s “election now” mob?

              • Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

                Because just like DQ, you can’t read,comprehend answer questions when challenged,or face reality.
                I am as paranoid as you are a silkworm.
                If any of you Gillard gimps could read you would also see my take on Abbott, but you prefer to think that anyone not agreeing, or who bags both sides is unworthy.
                Abbott is his own toxic billboard.You are rapidly taking on his qualities.
                Grow up.

                • silkworm December 21, 2012 at 6:12 pm #

                  You’re the one who needs to answer the question as to why you want an “election now.”

                  BTW, as to me being a “Gillard gimp,” I admire Gillard greatly, especially for doing the right thing on climate change – eventually – and for her anti-misogyny speech; but she has made some bad decisions too, such as following Howard’s Pacific solution. However, Abbott’s Liberals are 20 times worse than Labor. For me, equal criticism of Labor and Liberals just doesn’t cut it.

                  Let’s get the issue of lying into persperctive. Do you think Gillard lied about introducing a “carbon tax” (because that seems to be the central issue for the Liberals).

                  • Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

                    “Let’s get the issue of lying into persperctive. Do you think Gillard lied about introducing a “carbon tax” (because that seems to be the central issue for the Liberals).”

                    No I don’t.She was dealt a hung parliament, and I think that whole argument is semantics, and the rest is history.Her other back-flips are just callous opportunist coalition policies, pushed by the faction f/wits.Stop trying to convince yourself I am a Liberal supporter,just because you don’t like to hear justified criticism.
                    As to the whole action on climate change,the current result as they may as well not have bothered.The worst polluters pay to get away with it, and are taxed and compensated at the same time.Renewable programs have been trashed,Solar panel industry destroyed.Native forests are being logged harder than ever,Private forests sold to OS multinationals etc/Even though these are state govt areas,the CWealth can easily adjust the rules to create better bottom lines for carbon issues.They have ticked off on so many more new coal mines we will be carbon positive for a century or more beyond today.(Thanks Fergy)
                    And please do not whinge about opposition inaction. They are not the ones in govt, nor are they the ones who have gone backwards.
                    Really Wormy, If all you can do is play the same infantile word games as DQ,please at least mix it up and change your pseudo,to make the boredom a little less stark.

        • paul walter December 23, 2012 at 1:56 am #

          A nasty hangover and digestive problems are in the Tea Leaves for you.

    • Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

      It means coconut cruett .(Let’s fgace you know but prefer to act dumb.It uses less of your imagination)
      Labor panicked and sacked Rudd (a PM)
      The Libs could do the same to Abbott.
      As desperate as they are for the power, which Labor is gifting them, they have not stooped to the lowest factional levels,which Labor did.
      Gooodness me DQ, I have never seen anyone that far up the arse of someone who mirrors Howard in all my days.You are not just politically blind, but you are political ignorant. A wasteland of comprehension.

      “One last,precious,totally empty, green bottle hanging by an elongated and ever thinning cobweb hanging on a hot corrugated wall……”

      • doug quixote December 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

        “I have never seen anyone that far up the arse of someone who mirrors Howard in all my days.You are not just politically blind, but you are political ignorant. A wasteland of comprehension.”

        I wonder if anyone – anyone at all – cares to agree with you?

        Or are you the only one in step?

        • Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

          Dearest DQ,
          What I have said, is amply demonstrated by what you do.Whether people agree or not is irrelevant.Unless of course you’re counting, for some reason?

          • doug quixote December 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

            Will you shut up for a few minutes? (days, preferably) :)

            • Hypocritophobe December 21, 2012 at 6:49 pm #

              I will shut up the minute you go back,do your homework and present it for inspection.Answer as good as you ask and we get somewhere. ;-)

              • doug quixote December 22, 2012 at 8:39 am #

                Homework, is it? OK, pay me $500.00 an hour and I’ll do as many pages for you as your heart desires.

                ;)

                • Hypocritophobe December 22, 2012 at 9:58 am #

                  Abbott skipped his homework, on the same grounds.

                  Looks like you shall always be a nnnnnn nnnn an errand b-b-b-b-boy. ;-)

                  • doug quixote December 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

                    But whilst no-one would pay Abbott more than $20.00 an hour in a sensible world, I am good value. :)

                    Compliments of the Season to you and yours, Hypo.

                    • Hypocritophobe December 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

                      And the same to you and yours,DQ.

  7. doug quixote December 21, 2012 at 6:46 pm #

    For an alternative, well written (and intelligent) view of the government please read :

    http://newmatilda.com/2012/12/20/year-media-old-boys-got-it-wrong

    - Where Ben Eltham summarises the year rather well.

  8. helvityni December 22, 2012 at 7:38 pm #

    Seasons Greetings to Jennifer and family, also to all the other regular and unregular bloggers.
    From me and from him as well.

    • Jennifer Wilson December 23, 2012 at 4:56 am #

      Thank you Helvi & Gerard, and I hope the holidays are a delight for you and your family.

  9. Hypocritophobe December 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    To Jennifer,
    I hope you have a safe and happy festive season, and get to spend heaps of quality time with those who warm your heart.
    H

    ……….and, To the regs and irregs, stay safe, and may next year bring our Australian, and world community, closer together.

    • Jennifer Wilson December 23, 2012 at 4:55 am #

      Thank you Hypo, and the same to you for the holidays.

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