I started writing something about the Sri Lankan family currently being held on Christmas Island. Apparently the two year old was separated from her mother and cried the whole flight and I had this nice little dialogue about how separating children from their parents was a good thing because it deterred people from coming here – at least by boat – and therefore it saved people from drowning…
I stopped because I suddenly realised that we were hearing much the same thing from Peter Dutton and, well, I sort of lost my taste for trying to outdo the man and actually come up with something that can exaggerate him to the point of satire. It made me remember how his wife wondered why people think that he’s a monster when he’s quite nice when he’s at home… That’s really good to know. I’m relieved that he doesn’t keep his own children behind razor wire or use the excuse that he’s only exposing his wife to psychological torture as a deterrent to his children.
Still, it was Scott Morrison rather than Peter Button that started the whole “We don’t comment on on-water matters…” We should have realised then that the freedom of the press to report was under threat, but certain journalists were too busy praising his clever political move. Not that I’m blaming them for not realising that once you let a politician tell you that there’s nothing that they need to tell you because it’s a secret but you can just trust them because they’re in charge and how good is that, then you should realise that it’s only a matter of time before laws are passed that make it difficult to criticise them without losing your job or ending up in jail.
There’s too much blame in the world. I once suggested that it worth it for most organisations to pay someone whose job it was to take the blame. Whenever anything went wrong, it was their job to say: “Sorry, it was my fault so stop arguing about who’s to blame and start fixing the problem.”
Of course that wouldn’t work in the Liberal Party because if they actually fixed any problem then there’d be no problem and they’d have nothing to blame the Labor Party for.
Anyway, just like I’ve started to notice that the rhetoric on Adani is shifiting to suggest that environmentalists are making businesses afraid to do business with them, I’ve noticed that Josh Frydenberg has started to suggest that it’s companies paying out all those profits rather than reinvesting it that’s causing the economy to stagnate. It’s a subtle shift but it won’t be long before we hear that it’s the timidity of business that caused the recession and nothing to do with government policy and it wasn’t for that damned recession we’d have a surplus but what’s a man to do?
Similarly in Britain, Boris is suggesting that any attempt by the people who disagree with him to actually stop him from shutting down Parliament will increase the chances of a no-deal Brexit. Yep, come October it’ll be all their fault that Boris couldn’t manage to strike a deal and it’s the lack of a deal that caused all the problems not anything to do with those who drove the whole Brexit process.
And good old Donald is never responsible for anything unless it’s a good thing. He’ll take the credit for a sunny day, but not the fact that his tweets have knocked several billion dollars off the stock market.
How about if we just agree that everything is my fault? I mean absolutely everything even if there’s no chance that it’s actually true. because then the next person that tries to blame someone else can just be told that we know whose fault it is and they can then be asked what they intend to do to help fix it!
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