Much has been written about Andrew Hastie’s idiotic comments this week comparing the rise of China to that of Nazi Germany. Having James Patterson come out in support just added to the Nazi theme with his unnerving likeness to the stereotypical Hitler Youth image.
Did it not occur to Hastie, as head of the parliamentary security and intelligence committee, that writing articles insulting our major trading partner is perhaps not a wise idea? If there are security concerns, is the newspaper the best place to address them?
Or is this just called profile raising?
China is, understandably, not impressed. But we have an ace up our sleeve.
Tony Abbott’s daughter will soon take up a position in the Australian Embassy in Beijing.
Speaking at the CPAC conference in Sydney – which has disturbingly close connections with the gun lobby – Tony revealed what he said to his daughter when she asked for his advice on the best things about China.
He said she should be more focused on what’s good about us and to act as a judge rather than an analyst regarding China.
What a typically narcissistic, self-absorbed, ridiculously provocative thing to say publicly.
It got worse.
He recommended she read Winston Churchill’s History of the English-Speaking Peoples as well as the Bible. Gee that should prepare her well for dealing with the Chinese government and people.
“I would certainly say to anyone who wants to be an effective centre-right activist or conservative activist, you can do no better than immerse yourself in the great books of which by far the greatest is the New Testament,” the Mad Monk preached to what must have been a rather strange audience.
Perhaps Tony’s daughter could quote 1 Corinthians 15 to warm up the crowd in Beijing:
24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
I heard Gareth Evans quote Bill Clinton once with words to the effect of “Is it better to put all your resources into trying to stay top dog or should you try to help shape the world you want to live in when you are no longer top dog?”
Tony thinks Jesus is still top dog, backed up by the military might of the English-speaking Judeo-Christian Western world crusaders.
Scott Morrison’s foray into the matter was not helpful when he relegated China to “customer” status.
And they wonder why our relationship with China is at an “all-time low”.
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