1 Sir Robert Menzies and Tony Abbott remain the only two Prime Ministers who one could argue were more British than the British.
Menzies adoration of The Queen was so over the top as to be an embarrassment. Abbott’s love for the Monarchy showed up when he championed its side during the 2019 referendum.
Now we find that Abbott, who was so despised as Australian Prime Minister, that his colleagues got rid of him. Then to make matters worse his constituents voted him out of his seat.
My view of him when he was elected Prime Minister in 2013 was this:
Has Australia ever so blindly elected a man so negatively characterless?
So ignorant of truth and transparency.
So willing to endorse and foster inequality,
So insensitive to those who cannot help themselves.
So illiterate of technology and science.
So oblivious to the needs of women and the aged.
So inept at policy formation and its implementation,
So prone to the language of absurdity.
So pugnacious so confrontational, so self-righteous, in his attitude toward others.
So dismissive of those wanting equality and so out of touch with a modern pluralist society.
A man so unsophisticated in deep wordily acumen or discernment, yet so religiously motivated.
Yet here he bobs up, being proposed as a British trade envoy to do all the necessary Brexit trade deals.
Tony Abbott as a British trade envoy is not quite comedy but it will do for a serious giggle.
If all they expect of him is the repetitious shaking of hands and gratis smiles at garden parties then he is probably their man.
I expect that the job would demand all the attributes of a leader he never showed as Australia’s number one man.
In that role he was about as useless as an ashtray on a motor bike.
Of course, he was born in England in 1957 and later attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. So draped, was he in his Englishness, that he even, as prime minister, gave the Duke of Edinburgh an Australian knighthood.
The sheilas and blokes of good old Oz were completely gobsmacked with the decision, at the time, and demanded he get a new manager. He has been handling himself for far to0 long was the word from the main bar at Young & Jackson.
Nobody could see what services the Prince had done for us that might justify us giving the wanka a title that we couldn’t receive ourselves. I hope that makes sense.
Well unless you were still a British citizen, you were still eligible for a knighthood. Perhaps a discreet meeting had taken place with Sir Lynton Crosby. Do you get my drift?
There is nothing in Abbott’s background that suggests he is remotely qualified for this job. I mean, one wouldn’t dare put the mother country through such an ordeal.
The UK’s shadow trade secretary, Emily Thornberry was aghast at the appointment, saying:
“I just find this appointment absolutely staggering,” Thornberry said. “On a personal level, I am disgusted that Boris Johnson thinks this offensive, leering, cantankerous, climate change-denying, Trump-worshipping misogynist is the right person to represent our country overseas.”
“He is a misogynist, he has very poor views on LGBTQ rights, I just don’t think this is a man who should be anywhere near our Board of Trade”
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) September 1, 2020
In fresh news The Guardian reports that Abbott had admitted that in signing trade deals while he was Prime Minister he never allowed himself to become “side-tracked by peripheral issues such as labour and environmental standards.”
Which is of course in direct opposition to Boris Johnson’s insistence that “workers’ rights and environmental standards would be maintained once Britain leaves the single market and customs union.”
Just to finish off the former Prime Minister put the throttle down. In a speech to the Policy Exchange think tank he said that the economic cost of lockdowns meant families should be allowed to consider letting elderly relatives with the coronavirus die by letting nature take its course.
“Letting nature take its course.” Those words make me feel sick in the labyrinth of my guts.
Abbott claimed it was costing the Australian government as much as $200,000 (£110,000) to give an elderly person an extra year’s life, substantially beyond what governments would usually pay for life-saving drugs.
Abbott said not enough politicians were “thinking like health economists trained to pose uncomfortable questions about the level of deaths we might have to live with.”
That the man could have been a priest is beyond my physical and mental capacity to cope with as I try to manage my way through this crisis.
This conservative thinking of money before lives makes … me want to vomit.
But Abbott’s proposed appointment hasn’t been the only controversy of late.
2 Last Monday, in a bid to redirect attention from the economic bad news he is about to deliver, the treasurer chucked the greatest political hissy-fit since Pauline Hanson objected to vaccinations.
“The biggest policy failure in living memory” so said the Australian Treasurer referring to Victoria’s perceived lack of a COVID-19 plan.
That is the greatest load of hogwash l have ever heard. Menzies got us involved in Vietnam. It cost our country 500 young lives and millions of dollars. Then there was Iraq.
That’s what I call policy failures.
3 Unless there is something I’m missing, I fail to understand all the goings on about Facebook and free news.
It seems to me that If I share something from a Murdoch newspaper on Facebook is it news or free advertising? A link to the newspaper ensures that you are directed away from Facebook to the newspaper in question.
Perhaps they should be paying Facebook. What am I missing?
4 Now let me move onto that never-ending question as to when we might get an anti-corruption bill. Well on Tuesday Paddy Manning wrote inThe Monthly that Helen Haines, the independent member for the regional Victorian seat of Indi, put two new bills on notice in the lower house: the Australian Federal Integrity Commission Bill 2020 and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Standards Bill 2020.
It is said that the decisions our politicians make now and upon the ending of this pandemic will shape our future for decades to come.
Therefore, we must rise to the occasion and install an integrity commission. After two years it is obvious the government has no intention of doing so.
I wish the Member for Indi all the very best.
My thought for the day
I find it impossible to imagine that the Australian people could be so gullible as to elect for a third term a government that performed so miserably in the first two and has amongst its members some of the most devious, suspicious, cruel and corrupt men and women… but they did.
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