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Give Tony a chance! You’re kidding me!

I quite like the Sydney Morning Herald journalist with the acid wit, Mike Carlton. He’s one of the only journalists left in the country in touch with us common folk and besides, any journalist who refers to Andrew Bolt as Melbourne’s village idiot is worth listening to.

Yesterday he asked that we give Tony Abbott a chance to prove himself as Prime Minister. Suggesting that Tony Abbott entered the job the least credentialed of any in living memory he reminds us that:

. . . history shows that the prime ministership can sometimes have transformative powers, elevating those who attain it. Bob Hawke abandoned his boozy larrikin ways to become Labor’s most electorally successful leader. Paul Keating, with no formal education beyond the age of 15, rose to a dazzling command of the policy heights. John Howard, like Abbott also once seen as unelectable, was the towering conservative figure of his generation for nearly 12 years.

It seems only reasonable to wait and see what Abbott makes of it.

It’s a valid point.

I’ve waited four days. He’s the same idiot. Even the Irish have recognised four days of failure with the Irish Times reporting:

Australia’s new prime minister Tony Abbott spent the last past three years destabilising the Labor administration at every opportunity, saying it was the country’s “worst government ever”.

For a thousand days there was no respite from the Abbott attacks, which made it seem like the longest election campaign to date. But when the actual campaign began, Abbott suddenly shifted gear.

The tough campaigner who said the Labor carbon tax would ruin the economy (it didn’t), and whose scare tactics warned of Labor’s “debt and deficit”, accused Rudd of being “so negative”.

The Australian public could have been forgiven for saying, “Mr Pot, let me introduce you to Mr Kettle”. But they didn’t notice, or were way past caring.

Days before the election, the “budget crisis” Abbott said was Labor’s legacy was forgotten. Knowing the election was in the bag, he backed away from his promise to balance the budget within one term. Now it was “within 10 years” (by which time the Liberal-National coalition will be on its fourth term of government if it is still in power).

Having secured victory with a 32-seat majority, Abbott and his cabinet were not sworn in until 11 days after the election. The supposed budget crisis was now just a memory and the asylum-seeker boats he had pledged to stop from day one of winning power kept on coming. Seven of them in fact, containing more than 500 men, women and children from Iran, Afghanistan and other troubled regions of Asia.

But the Liberal Party chief has been true to his view that climate change is “crap”. The climate commission, an independent body set up by the previous government “to provide reliable and authoritative” information has been abolished.

Former chief commissioner Prof Tim Flannery is disillusioned: “We’ve just seen one of the earliest ever starts to the bush-fire season in Sydney following the hottest 12 months on record,” he said.

Not only an idiot but a powerful one.

But let’s not be candid. Give Tony Abbott a chance and he’ll do what?

In his election victory speech, Mr Abbott promised no surprises. He’s had the chance to prove his word is true but that has already been broken to the detriment of at least one set of disadvantaged Australians. He has also broken his word by not following through with his pre-election commitment to Indigenous Australians.

But it is even more frightening if he doesn’t break his word. True to his form will he succumb to the wishes of the IPA and:

Lower the tax-free threshold from $18,200 back to $6000. This will drag more than one million low-income earners back into the tax system. It will also increase the taxes for 6 million Australians earning less than $80,000.

Save families $300 dollars a year of Carbon Tax but cost them $2,300 per year in reinstated tax.

Privatise Medibank.

Privatise the Snowy-Hydro Scheme.

Privatise Australia Post.

Privatise the SBS.

Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function.

Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport.

End all public subsidies to sport and the arts.

Privatise the CSIRO.

Immediately halt construction of the National Broadband Network and privatise any sections that have already been built.

Abolish the means-tested Schoolkids Bonus that benefits 1.3 million families by providing up to $410 for each primary school child and up to $820 for each high school child.

Abolish the Baby Bonus.

Repeal the mining tax.

Withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol.

Repeal the Fair Work Act.

Repeal the carbon tax, and don’t replace it.

Repeal the marine park Legislation.

Repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

Abolish the low-income superannuation contribution.

Reject proposals for compulsory food and alcohol labelling.

Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784.

Abolish the Clean Energy Fund (done already).

Repeal the renewable energy target.

Introduce voluntary voting.

End mandatory disclosures on political donations.

End media blackout in final days of election campaigns.

End public funding to political parties.

Eliminate the National Preventative Health Agency.

Abolish the means test on the private health insurance rebate.

Repeal the Alcopops tax.

Means-test Medicare.

Cease subsidising the car industry.

End all corporate welfare and subsidies by closing the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia.

Remove anti-dumping laws.

Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Abolish the Office for Film and Literature Classification.

Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

Eliminate laws that require radio and television broadcasters to be ‘balanced ‘.

Abolish television spectrum licensing and devolve spectrum management to the common law.

End local content requirements for Australian television stations.

Eliminate media ownership restrictions.

Give Tony Abbott a chance and he’ll also risk the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef. According to The Huffington Post:

“Australia is facing a hard choice right now whether to make a quick buck from coal exports or whether to preserve an economically, long-standing national treasure.

” . . . Tony Abbott could overturn all the steps that have been taken domestically to protect the environment, to instead fast track coal export developments and drastically weaken environmental laws that were created to protect the country”.

Give Tony a chance! You’re kidding me!

Mike, it’s insulting to Hawke, Keating and Howard to be compared in some small way with Abbott. Even Howard waited a few years before unleashing his hunger for power and his pandering to the big end of town. Those three men are intellectual giants compared to our new Prime Minister. They also believed, rightly or wrongly (with the exception of Howard on occasions) that most of their actions were in the best interests of the country. Give Tony Abbott a chance and he’ll show us the complete opposite.

Mike, I also think it’s irrelevant if the prime ministership makes a good man out of Tony Abbott. He won’t be remembered for it. Instead, he’ll be remembered as the bloke we gave a chance to run this country and who blew it. Spectacularly.

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Andrew Bolt: more than just the village idiot

I’ve never seen Andrew Bolt as anything but a village idiot. The label, first applied by Mike Carlton a couple of years ago has stuck with me. It fits Bolt, just nicely.

I wonder at times if Bolt really takes himself seriously. If he does, then what parallel universe does he dwell in?

I’m yet to meet a person who likes him, let alone harbour an ounce of respect. Indeed, he has a history of inciting hate, much of which comes back at him. But as his employer keeps reminding us, Bolt is one of the country’s most influential media identities. It bothers me though, that they keep this idiot on the loose.

The man is also a hypocrite, engaging in the same behaviors he condemns others for. His idiocy must prevent him from recognising his own hypocrisy, and unfortunately in remains unchecked. Both his idiocy and hypocrisy have reached ‘red alert’.

Yesterday Andrew wrote a few nice words about Denise Allen. From what I know of Denise she’s a likeable person who plays with a straight bat, and for once found myself nodding in agreement with Andrew’s poison pen. However, the niceties were dispensed with and his usual bile took over and it became evident that he was actually hanging Denise out to dry. This is from his article:

Here are some recent thoughts of Nice Denise, the social justice campaigner.

On Margie Abbott, wife of the Opposition Leader:

Your husband, along with his bunch of feral shadow ministers and many on his backbench, have turned the political discourse in this country into the obnoxious, wretched, ugliness it is today.

Are you proud of him? I’m sure you are. You must be, because you have now come out and said what a wonderful, loving, decent man he is! To say that — you must agree with everything he says and does! Otherwise you would have the courage to say there are some things you don’t agree with him on….

Quite frankly, it disgusts me..

He may love you and the girls and his mother – and Peta Credlin – but that’s where his affinity with women ends.

So get over yourself, Margie Abbott.

Your husband is one of the most vicious Opposition leaders in this country’s history — and as he would say: “It’s just politics!”

It’s about time the decent women and men of this nation fought back against your husband’s ugly persona.

So … if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen!

If your husband will let you, that is.

On Peta Credlin, Abbott’s chief of staff:

But when you roll out such personal information – information usually kept private between a woman and her partner, and perhaps few sympathetic confidantes – you, Ms Credlin, should be rightly condemned for using your IVF procedures as a blatant political tool. For using this emotive issue to sway the public into sympathetically thinking your boss doesn’t “have a problem with women”…

Which makes you a pretty unpleasant person in yourself. You will go to any length and stoop down into the lowest gutter to get your rotten boss over the line at the next election….

Even using your own personal tragedy as a lever for sympathy. What a disgraceful woman you are.

On political journalists:

Like jackals baying for blood, these neo-hacks ram their personal opinions down the throats of either the unsuspecting (often so aghast they are shell-shocked), or of the insatiable – the scandal hungry – devouring biased information as if it was their last meal…

I cannot remember a time when the mainstream media have been more in the gutter and more hateful than it is now — and they have the hide to disparage politicians for not being ‘honourable”.

Once I thought someone spiteful, personally abusive and shrill had no future in politics. But today I suspect Nice Denise will fit right in with Gillard Labor.

Oh, and if you are surprised a professional conscience could be so nasty, I must remind you again of the words of Bertrand Russell:

Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power.

Not a warranted attack on Denise, one could argue, given that it comes from the self elected champion of free speech. That was an epic hypocrisy moment: inviting condemnation of Denise for exercising her right to free speech. Obviously Bolt doesn’t encourage it for those who dwell beyond the political divide.

Hypocrisy moment number two is monumental. Denise was attacked for speaking her mind, yet the comments he passed for publication are freely allowed to be savage against Denise. Here are some examples:

What a nasty piece of work Denise Allen is. Labor Party dopes like her are full of rage because nobody listens to them any more. It never crosses their tiny minds that they are simply hopeless and are seen as such.

amf
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:26pm)

Another unemployable desperate to get her snout back in the public trough.

Sirocco of Canberra
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:30pm)

Thank you Andrew, for the warning. Nice Denise appears to be just another Chronic Malcontent, for which the Left is justly infamous.

Sunray of nswcentral coast
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:30pm)

Unhinged…

Kick (Reply)
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:31pm)

What a nasty, vicious ill informed low life she sounds like. Head up her derriere when not looking in the mirror praising herself for own self importance. Future labor PM in the making??

Bazza of Berwick
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:34pm)

Typical leftist – a seething cauldron of lava like vomit full of hate and envy and loathing; full of self assuredness that their feelings are completely justified – if only they could work out why they feel that way. How horrible it must be to be born with a lifelong supply of crazy pills!

Baron of Brunswick
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:35pm)

What a wonderful lady she isn’t. I can’t wait for a change in government and with that hopefully a broom is swept through many of the Left’s thinktanks (ie all funding cut) so that her and her ilk can go crawl back down the sh..holes from where they came

Sammy of Adelaide
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:40pm)

The lady seems very disturbed and is showing the true nature or her bilious personality. It is very unappealing and should cause her shame.

KenL
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:42pm)

What a nasty piece of work is MS. Allen,I don’t know this female but after reading her BS I feel I could slap her across the chops.

Lyn the Lib of Gold Coast
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:46pm)

I can’t see the problem. Labor has always attracted the mentally unstable.Thanks to the computor age this is now being exposed.Poor darlings are so mentally unstable they actually thought that the social media would work to their benefit, instead it is exposing them for what they really are. A bunch of sociopatic misfits all out to destroy what they consider the enemy.

holty of sth pacific
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:51pm)

Just another one wanting to suckle at the public teat. How can the papers allow such vitriol without being challenged

mark of melb
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:51pm)

What a potty mouthed individual. She will fit in well in “New Labor”. Disgusting language such as I have just read from this woman (certainly not a LADY) makes it clear what she thinks of the world and its inhabitants.

David S of Up-North
Tue 26 Feb 13 (02:57pm)

I hope she reads this and sees herself as we see her.

I feel sorry for her children, that this is the legacy she will leave her descendants when they discover her on WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE.

If you are what you eat, then I’d very much suggest you swap diets.

pennyoz
Tue 26 Feb 13 (03:03pm)

What a vile excuse for a human being. She is obviously a prime Labor candidate. Anyone with such hatred of men; such hatred of families and such hatred of all things non-Labor will no doubt aspire to be the next (far distant) female Labor leader.

She will no doubt be welcomed with open arms by all her Labor peers.

Dee
Tue 26 Feb 13 (03:03pm)

Wow! What a piece of work…..
Beggars belief that this person thinks she has anything at all to contribute to the debate. She is overflowing with bile and resentment, and in typical labor fashion can only retaliate with attack and misinformation.

Grounded in Reality of Qld
Tue 26 Feb 13 (03:07pm)

Does anybody else see the hypocrisy there?

Among other things, Bolt was smarting that Denise had dared to ridicule Margie Abbott, wife of the Canberra clown who masquerades as Leader of the Opposition. This leads us to hypocrisy moment number three: Bolt’s own attacks on Julia Gillard’s partner, Tim Mathieson, to which Denise’s ridicule of Madam Abbott pale limply in comparison. Denise wrote one article on Margie Abbott. Bolt, on the other hand, has been prolific in his ridicule and condemnation of Mr Mathieson. Here are the links to some of his articles:

If Margie Abbott were as idle as Tim Mathieson, how the Left would jeer

First bloke’s work dilemma

Column – Tim trapped on the sofa by sexism at the Lodge

Mathieson must pay for Gillard’s extremism

Meet the First Bloke

If I were to include in this post every denigrating comment that Bolt has made about Mr Mathieson (in the above articles) I’d be guilty of keeping you up all night, either from reading too much or suffering horrific night-terrors. Visit the links to his vile pages if you wish and see for yourself this consummate hypocrite at work. See too, how his denigration inspires his fan base of Neanderthals to feed on the carcass of his unfortunate victim.

Hypocrisy moment number four. This one too is monumental. Show me a site where Bolt has attacked anybody who has written anything the least bit abusive against a left-wing politician or their partner. Has he jumped heroically to slap down his constipated colleague and viral Gillard basher, Piers Ackerman, or that toxic bubble-headed buffoon Alan Jones, for example? Of course he hasn’t. He’s too much of a hypocrite. And too much of an idiot to see it anyway.

If he’s prepared to publicly humiliate Denise Allen over her writings – on her own blog to her own readers – what must he think about these disgusting tirades that have gained national prominence:

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Andrew Bolt – village idiot, village hypocrite – would make a perfect case study for anybody wanting to examine the reasoning behind the pathetic levels the mainstream media has slumped to in this country.

The man is pathetic. Sadly, he gets away with it.

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