Monday 22 August 2016
To hear the Leader of Government business in the Lower House Christopher Pyne (also known as The Fixer) scream blue murder last week over pairing was unsurprising. He would have known that when Tony Abbott decided to trash decades of cross party convention it, at some time, would come back to bite them on the backside.
Labor is rightly or wrongly entitled to give as good as it got during the Abbott period of opposition.
The problem with having a big mouth is that it continually gets you into trouble. John Howard recognised this with Christopher Pyne and never considered him for a senior position in the Parliament. Abbott however, together with Mirabella, thought that the both of them were front bench material.
Pyne in particular gives the impression that he is so mean that if you paid him a compliment he would ask you for a receipt.
The events prior to and after Bill Shorten’s first Budget in Reply speech aptly confirms his capacity for foul-mouthed venomous invective.
The first was when he called either Shorten or Burke a cu@t (it’s on YouTube) on the floor of the House. It is uncertain which one he was addressing but the word he used is categorically, unambiguously and incontestably the one in question.
Or did your ears deceive you? For the Speaker at the time Bronwyn Bishop, not to eject him for vulgar crudity was not only incompetent, but unforgivable.
The second was when he instructed Bishop with a hand gesture to rise from her chair when rapturous applause broke out after Shorten’s Reply speech. (The Speaker rising indicates that the House should come to order).
In the first instance his denial of the use of the word only inflamed the matter further enhancing his reputation as a grub. In the second instance he openly displayed his contempt for the Parliament, his belief in his own self-importance, and control of the Speaker. She in turn exhibited her disgraceful bias for all to see.
This is exactly the sort of behaviour I was referring to in my last piece last week in which I addressed the conduct of members in Question Time.
Pyne is the second youngest MP ever elected to the House of Representatives. He is also arguably the most disliked. No one has been expelled from the Chamber for unruly behavior more times than Pyne. Offense comes as naturally to him as does sleeping and wakening. His demeanor is crass and unpleasant. His self-righteous indignation is prissy, shallow, superficial, and school-boyish. When they won the 2013 election Abbott said; “the adults were back in charge”.
It’s difficult to imagine how this adolescent loutish, imbecile with an uncouth acerbic tongue got the job of Government leader.
He, however, seems to have an image of himself that is beyond any critique that would offend. And if it did, it would be inconsequential.
It takes a peculiar personality to gain satisfaction from being disliked. Christopher, however, seems to delight in it. Perhaps psychology has a name for it.
Now I don’t of course know him personally and I like to think that I don’t judge people. I do form my own opinions of course. And you can only do that based on how people present themselves. The perception they themselves create. He seems to have an opinion of himself larger than the outdoors.
There are three kinds of people. Those who know. Those who know when they are shown and those who have no interest in knowing. Pyne falls into the latter category. That of an obnoxious little buffoon with no interest in any values other than his own. A narcissistic, prissy philistine.
In the past, Pyne has served as a Parliamentary Secretary, Assistant Minister and Minister for Aging. How a person of such juvenile intellectual capacity was given Aging is a mystery.
Although, on second thoughts, perhaps that could also apply to the Education Portfolio he once had. It seems extraordinary to me that a person like Pyne would ever have been given Education in the first place. He has never shown an inclination toward the advancement of knowledge.
On the contrary, he gives the impression that it should only be accessible to those of a conservative ideology, of privilege and favoritism.
The occupation of power has a way of revealing characteristics in people that we would not otherwise see. In Pyne’s case power has accentuated his arrogance.
He must surely be one of the few people in the world who actually believes his own bullshit.
Feigning indignation for his offensiveness comes naturally to him but those of us of a wiser ilk see right through him.
My thought for the day.
“How is your relationship with yourself going?”
PS: Please note that this piece was written both as a criticism of Pyne’s performance as a Minister of the crown and at the same time to demonstrate that we have all the free speech we need.