Yesterday, the Abbott was telling us that it wouldn’t comment on the Marie Celeste boatload of asylum seekers because it was an “operational matter”, whereas today they’re not commenting because the matter is before the court. Perhaps, next week they won’t be commenting because – like the East/West Tunnel in Victoria – they have written up the business case, but releasing it isn’t in the public interest.
The behaviour of the Abbott Government has lead some – including a new senator – to suggest that Abbott is, in fact, a sociopath. (Although, to be accurate, I believe that Lambie did say, “political psychopath”).
This is wrong. In order to demonstrate why, I have listed ten signs of being a sociopath and explained why they do not apply to Abbott.
#1) Sociopaths are charming. Mm, I guess some would find him charming, but it’s not the first word that comes to my mind. Let me know, if you think, I’m wrong.
#2) Sociopaths are more spontaneous and intense than other people. Ok, we may be able to give him a big tick here. For legal reasons, I won’t list some of Tony’s spontaneous actions.
#3) Sociopaths are incapable of feeling shame, guilt or remorse. ‘Nuff said.
#4) Sociopaths invent outrageous lies about their experiences. Abbott assures us that he has never broken any promises. Not even his marriage vows.
#5) Sociopaths seek to dominate others and “win” at all costs. Apparently, it’s Peta Credlin who’s giving the orders. And his daughters boss him around at home. So this one doesn’t apply to Abbott.
#6) Sociopaths tend to be highly intelligent, but they use their brainpower to deceive others rather than empower them. Highly intelligent? I think we can leave it there and not point out that he has admitted that he’s not the suppository of all wisdom.
#7) Sociopaths are incapable of love and are entirely self-serving. Tony loves many people and many things. He loves Rupert Murdoch, Gina Rinehart, his daughters, persecuting asylum seekers, humiliating the Labor Party, George Pell… the list is endless.
#8) Sociopaths speak poetically. Again, ’nuff said!
#9) Sociopaths never apologize. Tony said that he’d apologise to Indonesia over Labor’s cattle ban, so I presume that he did. Ah here we go:
Mr Abbott effectively apologised for the actions of the former government at an official reception on Monday night hosted by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
“There have been times, I’m sorry to say, when Australia must have tried your patience: when we ‘put the sugar on the table’ for people smugglers; or cancelled the live cattle trade in panic at a TV program,” he said.
#10) Sociopaths are delusional and literally believe that what they say becomes truth. Well, I guess some of you are going to bring up Abbott’s broken promises here, but that just shows that you’re all sociopaths because Tony assures us that he didn’t break any promises.
So, if anyone tries to suggest that Abbott is a sociopath, just remind them that just because one or two things on the list seem to apply to him, they could also apply to anyone. No, Abbott is just your typical Liberal leader, and as I said to someone the other day, while Labor frequently disappoint me, the Liberals always live up to my expectations.
Although, at times, this government has exceeded them.
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