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Good Guys, Bad Guys, Scott Morrison And Why Liberals Seem To Be Backing Failure!

Ok, I’d like to start with a little fiction:

It’s noticed that a number of young people are getting into trouble after consuming alcohol. The city council announces that there’s no real problem; there’s always been underage drinkers and we can leave it to the police to deal with. However, after a lot of public outcry they appoint a special investigator. He questions a large number of people and discovers a racket where – not only are fake IDs rampart – but many of the hotels and clubs are helping kids to manufacture them. The police turn a blind eye to this because they have to drink at the hotels after work. Besides, some of them are hoping to get work as security in the hotels when they quit the force. Naturally, there’s a lot of public anger when this report is released and some are calling for the hotel owners to be prosecuted for breaking the law.The investigator hands his report to the city council with recommendations to ensure that this sort of behaviour is stopped. 

I think you know where I’m going with this…

How does the council respond? Mayor Scott says that while there have been a lot of illegal practices and we need to do something about this, we also need to be careful. After all, hotels and clubs employ a lot of people and we certainly don’t won’t to do anything that might cause some of them to lay people off or shut down. We need to proceed carefully and…

Yes, Scott Morrison’s initial response to the banking Royal Commission didn’t exactly fill me with confidence. While I have heard the phrase, “you don’t need a sledgehammer to crack a nut”,  I suspect that we may need more than a nutcracker to change the culture of the financial institutions. We certainly need a government who sees it as a problem and not one which seems to have the attitude that, well, they were only trying to make money and surely that’s what everyone should be doing. I mean, they were having a go and doesn’t that mean that they should get a go? Surely white collar crime comes with a “Get out of jail free” card?

If you replace the crimes of financial institutions with importing heroin, prostitution or people smuggling, you’ll, of course, get a completely different reaction from the Liberals in terms of the desirability of having a go. “Having a go” is only a good thing when it’s a Liberal backer who’s doing it.

Indeed, Julia Banks decision to have a go at Greg Hunt’s seat wasn’t greeted with any rhetoric about what a great thing this was. In fact, some even suggested that Turnbull was backing her with his own money. Outrageous!! We only like it when Turnbull money is donated to us. (Interestingly, I decided to look up Sportsbet odds to see if she was being given any chance. While neither is always right, betting odds are more reliable than opinion polls because bookies don’t like giving away money. Current betting was Labor $1.85, Coalition $2.20, Julia Banks $4.75)

Perhaps my suggestion that Liberals are putting all their money on Labor and running dead isn’t completely silly. After all, if you think about the assertions that we’ll be headed for a recession if Labor are elected is a pretty effective potential “I told you so”, in the event of a Labor victory. Generally, our recessions have been caused by overseas conditions, so if China and the USA’s trade war reduces demand world-wide, we could have trouble in Australia. Labor will have trouble explaining that it’s really nothing to do with them, after all the Liberal warnings.

On the other hand, if by some miracle the Liberals were returned, how would they explain that the recession was – in fact – still Labor’s fault. Ok, they’d certainly try to argue that… Let’s remember that Labor were to blame for the oil shocks of the seventies, world-wide inflation in the eighties and the GFC. No, didn’t say “responsible for”, I said “to blame for”. Just as the current dip in house prices is all the result of a policy that hasn’t even been implemented yet.

Whatever, it seems that good guys and bad guys make up a large part of the Liberal narrative. It’s not just that we have a difference of opinion or a different world view. People who don’t have a go are bad, people who break the law are bad (but only if they’re part of something like an “African gang”; organised crime figures can run fund-raisers without there being a problem) and, of course, Labor and Greens are bad. Bankers, on the other hand, are “having a go” and if that encourages them to occasionally overstep the mark, well, that’s why we have bodies to tell them that they should stop and will tell them again if the first time wasn’t enough. Of course, if they still don’t stop, the regulatory bodies have, on a number of occasions, asked the banks what sort of fine do they think it would be fair for them to pay, so we don’t have to go through all the rigmarole of going to court.

Yep, it’s not just a difference in whether you’re a lawbreaker or not that makes you a bad guy in Coalition eyes. And it’s not just a difference in what sort of crime it is; stealing a loaf of bread is evil, but stealing water is understandable. It’s who you are that counts most and, if you wear a suit, why, you must be having a go and we need to be very, very careful about criticising you, because I may have been photographed shaking your hand too many times and trying to tell the public that I’ve washed my hands since, just won’t cut it!

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  1. New England Cocky

    “it’s not just a difference in what sort of crime it is, stealing a loaf of bread is evil, but stealing water is understandable.”

    Stealing water is only understandable if you are a greedy broad acre farmer in SW Qld or NW NSW who does not give a fig for any other agricultural enterprise or regional community in the MDB.

    VOTE ANYONE BUT NAT$ & SAVE MDB COMMUNITIES

  2. Henry Rodrigues

    I’ll bet the cotton farmer mafia donate lots of money to the coalition especially that reprobate Barnaby, who was seen crowing and celebrating how he had managed to ensure that the farmers got their extra share of water and nothing to the environment. He was seen whooping and jumping up and down in the pub with those same crooked greedy farmers. And now the NSW government and the lovely Gladys Berejiklian have rejected outright, the finding of the Royal Commission into the Murray water planning board. These coalition politicians are the worst bunch of economic and environmental bastards we will ever see for a long time. And Gladys is just as bad as that rotten Barnaby Joyce.

  3. Robin Day

    An excellent,concise piece as ever R.
    One cannot steal a loaf of bread,but an entire continent…AUSTRALYA DAY!! Genocide to follow,as usual.
    Just insert a flag.
    As for the despotic,extreme right wing LNP regime,I think me and you are on the same page.They certainly do seem to be running dead because the writing’s on the wall as far as capitalism is concerned and things don’t look great at a global level.
    They clearly want out.
    To strangle a Chinese proverb..
    Make money,happy for a day
    Help other people,happy for life.
    We’re in this together people,and we need to help each other,on a global level.
    Make friends,not enemies.

  4. Adrianne Haddow

    Henry, let’s not forgot Mike Baird who sold NSW infrastructure to foreign corporations, and Sydney and Newcastle to the developers.

  5. helvityni

    …Sir, Sir, ask me , I get it:

    When you stole a loaf of bread in them olden days in England, you nicked something that somebody had hand-made, it was his or her bread. If you stole it you were a criminal and you were sent to Australia….

    When it comes to water, we know it belongs to god in the heaven and because at times it’s too hard to keep it in them clouds, god lets it run down. According to the ancient laws (maybe Greek ?) the finders are the keepers, and therefore if the cotton farmers saw the water first, they can keep it….

  6. John O'Callaghan

    Why any sane rational politically astute person would vote for the Libs or the Nats is beyond my comprehension!
    Maybe i have just answered my own question.

  7. Geoff Andrews

    In C. J. Dennis’ “Glugs of Gosh” (published 100 years ago & recommended reading), a cross-eyed man complains about government policy and finishes up in court.

    “So they fined that Glug with a cast in his eye
    For looking both ways, which he didn’t deny
    And for having no visible precedent, which
    Is a crime in the poor & a fault in the rich.”

    Nothing’s changed.

  8. Frank Smith

    “Yep, it’s not just a difference in whether you’re a lawbreaker or not that makes you a bad guy in Coalition eyes. And it’s not just a difference in what sort of crime it is; stealing a loaf of bread is evil, but stealing water is understandable. It’s who you are that counts most …”.

    Fleeing persecution or war as a refugee on a boat is evil – similar punishment to those stealing a loaf of bread – banished to some penal colony hell-hole.

  9. Josephus

    Please, satirists and comedians, write and act out your scripts using this information, as it is ready made for you. Perhaps don’t charge much, so that many will come and listen. Or do your acts on commercial TV – no, they won’t let you- but you get the idea. This is the time for satirists. Where are you, the reborn Voltaire, Swift, Moliere?

  10. Michael Taylor

    Fairfax is flooding us with fluff pieces about Morrison today. Nothing on Shorten. Are they setting the scene for the next few months?

  11. Rosemary J36

    As a relatively new migrant, I have to wonder sometimes how much the convict background of the foundation population of Australia has affected the Australian psyche. After all – how many enquiries have there been into corruption in the police forces – into those who should be ensuring we all uphold the law?

  12. Rossleigh

    Meanwhile “The Australian” tells us: “Left wing activists are planning to knock on all 64,000 doors in Tony Abbott’s electorate in a ploy to unseat the former prime minister.”
    Yes, they’re against Abbott so they must be “left wing” and as such, they must be “activists” if they’re going to adopt a ploy as outrageous as knocking on doors during an election campaign…
    Forget the banks, forget terrorism, forget our borders, forget franking credits, the government must take a stand and stop these people before they change people’s vote by talking to them!!

  13. Florence Howarth

    Why don’t the right wing organise their followers to do the same? They have that option.

  14. Rossleigh

    Of course, Florence, that’s an entirely different thing.
    It’s like when Labor’s debt was a nationally emergency but doubling the debt is getting it under control…

  15. New England Cocky

    @John O’Callaghan: The answer to your question probably lies in this survey from the New England electorate. being naive country bumpkins New England voters reject the incursion of all “outside” influences and flock together in a defensive strategy. “Better the devil you know because he is local” and an Adulterous Alcoholic.

    https://www.voterchoice.com.au/results-of-the-national-party-short-survey/?fbclid=IwAR17wX4NX6HTX1VVbjPoST2eYPY10Ecphu7_sCfb7kwy0lEwRhqBsmf07aE

  16. paul walter

    Like children, infatuated with their own cleverness, yet such fragile egos.

    Up to their necks in corruption…absolute false consciousness.

  17. Patricia

    Florence, in answer to your question, they cannot find enough right wingers to give up their precious time to keep Dutton in parliament.

  18. Henry Rodrigues

    Adrienne H I haven’t forgotten that snotty nosed dickhead Baird, who’s now esconced in the NAB building on George Street smirking and sneering while he revels in his upwardly mobile move into the world of banking crooks where,to be realistic, he belongs. Maybe, just maybe, he walks into one of the open construction holes on George Street and maybe that wipes the smirk off his face.

  19. Henry Rodrigues

    Michael Taylor…………. Fairfax is now owned by Ch 9, whose Chairman/CEO is none other than that slimy gutless coward, Peter Costello. Not to hard to join the dots is it ?

    There is no independent media outlet left in Australia.

  20. Matters Not

    RE;

    no independent media outlet left in Australia.

    Really? Is this site just fake news whose masthead is completely misleading? LOL.

  21. Adrianne Haddow

    Henry,
    Personally, I hope the rats get him.
    Read this and keep your fingers crossed.

    https://www.theguardian.com/…/vermin-invasion-sydney-construction-boom- sends-rats-into-restaurants

  22. wam

    A fair dose of leftist drivel. reminiscent of hillary’s tilt at potus. At $4.20 in a two horse race? QED
    Anyone with an open facebook full of boomers will know the odds are the loonie left is a target for derision beginning with climate change a marxist plot and assertions of 14000 rusting non working ‘windmill'(sic). Anti-immigration, Muslims, Africans and, unbelievable with the background in sport Aborigines(after years of facebook friends I just unfriended a footballer who has no problems with Chinese Australians Greek Australian etc but never affords Aborigines, there is no hint from a red line, a proper noun. the last straw was his do gooder rant about Jacinca the former had capitals Do Gooders followed by Price is a real aborigine(sic)
    Simple slogans that require complex explanations rule.
    The chief including
    phon I say what Australians are thinking
    the greens have weird ideas
    labor spends what the libs have saved
    labor will undo all the good we have done remember howard’s profit.
    There is no access to balance they post from Australian, Britiah and American far right sources many that that were debunked uears ago but facebook belches them onto the page and these people hit share. The news come from 103 no longer a look at 102/642 and the old 103 nor 104 or sunrise.today who doesn’t cringe when Sam strays from the autocue
    Bill is neither seen nor heard and never get a mentioned other than ‘a grinning idiot’.
    We are lucky and have only 4 pollies 3 labor one national I hope that will not change but it has a good chance of 2/2
    Bill cannot dance, follow the diludbransimkims and his team must have the story thoroughly learned no slip ups.

  23. Geoff Andrews

    Where can I get some of that stuff, wam?

    Michael,
    I always tick the “Notify me of follow-up comments by email” box when I make a comment.
    I get no response.
    It could be my computer settings but I notice you have, occasionally, hinted at “trouble at the works” at WordPress.
    Suggestions? (apart from “don’t make any more comments)

  24. wam

    geoff,
    Unless you are referring to my tablets etc.
    do some trolling through liking sites of defence, police, phon, anning christenson etc and clp sites under a different persona prominently display the flag laugh a shy and the greens
    check with sceptic sites,
    have a drink at an oldies pub

  25. Cynthia, Qld4562

    Helvitiny,
    Thankyou, I haven’t laughed so much in years.

  26. helvityni

    Cynthia, you are too kind; if we don’t laugh, we’ll be crying… in these tough times, humour is a life-saver..

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