Wednesday 11 April 2018
Alas, my wife and I were called to Melbourne yesterday to assist with the nursing of our daughter-in-law who had suddenly taken ill with a perforated bowel. Having suffered from bowel cancer myself, I could instantly relate to her predicament.
“Every experience is a mountain with a peak to climb, a descent to to safely navigate and a lesson or two on the route” (Heather Ducker).
As in my daughter-in-law’s experience this sudden near-death experience has been an occasion for reflection, a sojourn of thought and introspection about the hazards of life and its short duration.
Because it is so short I often wonder what causes politicians to devote so much of a very limited lifespan to negativity and retribution, which like a sponge squeezes the very essence of life’s purpose from us.
Such is the case with former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce who suddenly seems to have woken to the fact that he was expertly conned into resigning.
Simply put, it was pre-arranged so that he is unsightly persona didn’t take up as much of the political landscape as it did. Why Joyce hadn’t woken to this subversion is tribute to his naivety.
But once the savage beast of retribution seeks its way, all pretense of what the individual should do is lost in the fog of vengeance. Those who once demanded loyalty, more often than not abandon it with gay abandon.
As with Abbott, Rudd and many others before them, Joyce has chosen a “pay back” method of his own choosing.
He has urged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to do the honourable thing and step down if he cannot revive his political fortunes by the end of the year.
People might argue that it is simply a ploy to set a deadline to decide the leadership but that is nonsensical in light of the fact that he could easily set the date for September.
”Malcolm’s not a fool. Where stating hear the bleeding obvious. Nobody wants to actually go to a Federal election which you know you’re going to lose.”
”You have an obligation to all around you that if you honestly believe that is the case, then you must do something about it and do the honourable thing and start grooming an alternative. Now we are a long, long way from that at the moment. But if I said ‘Oh well, no-one ever considers it, everything’s fine’ well there is also not telling the truth. The first thing you’ve got to be with the electorate is truthful.”
Now there’s an original thought.
“Mr Joyce has supported Mr Turnbull’s leadership in public in recent weeks but the pair have fallen out over the way the Nationals leader was driven out of his job over his relationship with former press secretary Vikki Campion.”
While on one hand I’m surprised at Barnaby’s inability to see through such an obvious dismissal I’m equally surprised at the time the retribution plan has taken to put in place, “But that’s dumb for you.”
And the obviousness of revealing Joyce’s chosen method of retribution the day after “Newspoll’s 30th in a row” is laudable for its untruthfulness. Topped-up by their 80th consecutive loss in the Guardian Essential poll (latest being 53/47), the Coalition looks like a political movement on Valium plus.
My thought for the day
“Just because we are governed by clowns it doesn’t mean we have to laugh.”