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Twerking Class Nero!

There’s room at the top they are telling you still
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill
If you want to be like the folks on the hill
A working class hero is something to be
A working class hero is something to be.”

John Lennon


According to a well-known expression, Rome’s emperor at the time, the decadent and unpopular Nero, “fiddled while Rome burned.” The expression has a double meaning: Not only did Nero play music while his people suffered, but he was an ineffectual leader in a time of crisis.”


Some of you will have seen Mr Morrison’s exercise routine with Twiggy and those workers in WA. If not, there’s a link here. However, unless you like watching Morrison smiling and jerking and joking to the sounds of Jimmy Barnes’ “Working Class Man”, I suggest you give it a miss.

So what was he doing there when he’s got vaccines to find, you ask?

Well, Mr Morrison doesn’t actually find the vaccines. It’s his job to tell others what to do and if they don’t succeed, it’s his job to get very, very cross with them. Apart from that, his only job is travel round the countryside being the lovable daggy dad that we never had because nobody’s father was this embarrassing.

There’s a well established path for Liberal leaders which goes like this:

  1. When in Opposition, tell everyone how much better than Labor you are. You’re allowed to boast and tell the world that you’re just awesome and if you were in power there’d be no problems because you’d fix them.
  2. When first in power, you argue that you haven’t had time to fix things yet because – even though you told everyone this was the biggest disaster in the history of the world – it’s worse than you anticipated and it will take most of your first term to fix it.
  3. When facing the election you tell everyone it’s fixed but any evidence of this isn’t available at the moment due to all sorts of reasons but remember the mess we inherited.
  4. When the fan is hit, you pretend it’s something totally unforeseen even though some of those silly people who don’t accept that you know everything told you exactly that.
  5. Plead for more time because it’s only reasonable given the circumstances.
  6. Let your friendly media sources explain how it’s all a reset and you’ve grown as a leader and all should be fine from hereon in.
  7. Try to convince people that the economy is booming even though they personally haven’t found work or been given a pay rise.
  8. As people slowly turn on you, blame them.
  9. Start doing lots of interviews where you say that you don’t comment on the polls.
  10. Leave politics and either give a tell-all interview or write a memoir explaining how you were let down by your colleagues.

Numbers 3 to 7 were repeated on a loop from election to election under Howard and even Fraser. However, in this fast paced world we now live in, the Liberals have accelerated this and eliminated the need for being voted out of office by replacing their PM in between elections so that we feel like we have a new government and they deserve to be re-elected at least once. People seem to have forgotten that the Morrison government is actually the same Coalition one which stretches back to Tony Abbott.

Unfortunately for the Liberals, they seem to have forgotten how well this strategy works for them and they have a PM in permanent campaign mode. This would be all right were it not for the fact that the normal process is to promise that things will happen if you’re re-elected and then make up some excuse after the election and hope that people will have forgotten by next election. Morrison announces that things will happen and then forgets all about them. Without an election giving them a chance dump the promise and have voters forget all about it in the ensuing three years, people actually expect some sort of follow-up. For example, people mistook the word “secured” when talking about vaccines to mean that we had some sort of contract which would involve the vaccines actually arriving at some future date… And certainly before we open up the international border. However, I understand that Hillsong have a conference planned for late June and Scotty has already had his dose of Pfizer, so why not get out from under the doona and let the cases fall where they may.

At the previous election voters were promised an integrity commission, a Budget surplus, religious freedom legislation, protection from Bill Shorten destroying the weekend with his proposal that in 2030 half of new car sales would be electric (was that a target or an aspiration because, as we’ve recently learned with the vaccine rollout, targets are just a loose idea). All of these things needed to be abandoned so that the government could concentrate on the pandemic. The integrity commission was paused while Christian Porter looked up the meaning of “integrity”, and the whole religious freedom thing was just too hard.

But all these things are now forgotten because Morrison’s strategy seems to be to make us forget the most recent scandal or non-delivery of promised action by creating an even bigger talking point.

My guess is that he’s attempting to get us all comparing his exercise routine to the recent outrage over the dancers at the naval event, but I won’t be falling for that one.

No, I’m going to keep my eyes firmly on the fact that Morrison can gyrate all he likes. His days are numbered because he thinks that rules do not apply to him because God will protect him and he can always count on a miracle.

Unfortunately, God doesn’t run the media in Australia and there seems to a subtle change in his support from the Murdoch media.

We shall see.

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  1. king1394

    Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad, according to the Ancient Greeks, comes to mind. Unfortunately the saying may apply more to the Australian voter than the Abbot/Turnbull/Morrison Government .

  2. Gangstas Paradise

    The next installment in “The Life and emoticons of NoMo” will feature Gina Rinehart reading her poetry to her $2 a day workers ……. and it will all be recorded for the posterity of future arse wipers.

    Should a miracle occur before the day for the above installment is decided then it will be sometime after October.

    All clear ?

  3. Kathryn

    “ScoMo” turns to “SlowMo” then “ShowMo” then, during any crisis a “NoShow” and now, has fully morphed into “FauxMo”

    Everything about MorriSCAMMER proves that he is an unspeakably corrupt, self-serving sociopath who is as fake as a $3 note! The bone-idle, lazy Sloth Morrison has proven himself to be a totally incompetent, ineffectual, mediocre buffoon who is about as shallow as a carpark puddle! He is a backstabbing, lying, conniving schemer who rose to power due to his ignominious, appalling betrayal of his OWN colleagues – just ask Michael Towke and Malcolm Turnbull.

    FauxMo is a FAILED MARKETEER who has been suspiciously demoted or pushed out of every job he held outside of politics and has not achieved a SINGLE thing to benefit the lives of ordinary Australians since he crawled across the electoral line on a platform of repugnant lies and broken promises! Lying to Morrison is as easy and as “natural” as breathing – he couldn’t tell the truth if his useless life depended upon it DESPITE the fact that he maintains a nauseating, thoroughly phoney, tenuous facade of bible-thumping sanctimonious hypocrisy that FAILS to hide his unspeakable depravity, callous inhumanity and rising level of self-serving corruption.

    His unsavoury alliance with a notorious, blatantly misogynistic, paedophile-supporting CULT (Hillsong) is a RED FLAG WARNING that this hateful, malignant imposter will stoop to any level to help fund his own sick, twisted ideology – the fact that Morrison had the GALL and TEMERITY to waste and fraudulently misappropriate more than $42 MILLION of taxpayer funds to provide a tax-free, taxpayer-funded federal grant to a NOTORIOUS CULT can NEVER EVER be tolerated and is an indication of just how corrupt, self-serving and undemocratic Morrison and his cabinet of skirt-lifting misogynists and paedophile-protecting predators really are!

    The man is an uncompromising and very dangerous hypocrite who, on one hand, holds up the bible, swaying it around and spewing out his fake religious ideology whilst, on the other hand, is ruthlessly and cruelly keeping the innocent Sri Lankan family locked up on Christmas Island – a crime that breaks every law in regard to the fair and equitable treatment of asylum seekers; a crime that is, in fact, costing Australian taxpayers more than $1.4 MILLION per year! The family was moved to Christmas Island in August 2019 after lawyers for the family commenced legal action that prevented their removal from Australia while the youngest daughter’s immigration case is ongoing. The cruel, inhumane MorriSCUM/Dutton regime are DETERMINED to keep this poor family (who were so popular in their home town of Biloela) for no other reason than to make a political point and WIN against the wishes of the huge majority of Australians!

    Morrison DESERVES to be instantly DISMISSED for his increasing level of corruption. When you view the link below and see the shocking, ever-growing incidences of appalling corruption perpetrated by the monstrous LNP, you wonder how BAD they have to get before the useless Governor General doesn’t wake up and dismiss them!


    Morrison’s Hillsong mate given $42m in grants


  4. GL


    Gina’s…gag, choke…poetry would have to make Grunthos the Flatulent’s greatest work, “Ode to a Small Lump of Green Putty I Found in My Armpit One Midsummer Morning” look like a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley. I can just see the Scanners head burst scene occurring as she inflicts an audience with her superb writing and oratorical skills.

  5. Harry Lime

    The jerking, smirking narcissist is really a sad, insecure little man, constantly looking for affirmation,swiftly moving from the last debacle to the next orchestrated photo op,desperately needing to change the subject.A ham actor seeking out fresh audiences to impress with his transparently false everyman act.He’s one sick and dangerous animal and it’s past time to call the vet.

  6. Neilw

    Momo, really lowering the barre – a billionaire man

  7. Kaye Lee

    For those who haven’t read Gina’s poem….it’s a must

    Our Future

    The globe is sadly groaning with debt, poverty and strife
    And billions now are pleading to enjoy a better life
    Their hope lies with resources buried deep within the earth
    And the enterprise and capital which give each project worth
    Is our future threatened with massive debts run up by political hacks
    Who dig themselves out by unleashing rampant tax
    The end result is sending Australian investment, growth and jobs offshore
    This type of direction is harmful to our core
    Some envious unthinking people have been conned
    To think prosperity is created by waving a magic wand
    Through such unfortunate ignorance, too much abuse is hurled
    Against miners, workers and related industries who strive to build the world
    Develop North Australia, embrace multiculturalism and welcome short term foreign workers to our shores
    To benefit from the export of our minerals and ores
    The world’s poor need our resources: do not leave them to their fate
    Our nation needs special economic zones and wiser government, before it is too late

    Coincidentally, the IPA wish list says…

    42 Introduce a special economic zone in the north of Australia including:
    a) Lower personal income tax for residents
    b) Significantly expanded 457 Visa programs for workers
    c) Encourage the construction of dams

  8. Michael Taylor

    OMG. What a ridiculous poem.

  9. Kaye Lee

    I am sorry to hear that Vikingduk. After 43 years you must have wonderful memories. May you have time to enjoy making many more.

  10. GL


    You are being far too polite. Personally, horrendous fornicating crap, springs easily to mind for me. Even William McGonagall’s poetry (if you can call it that) is far less painful and headache inducing.

  11. Michael Taylor

    I too am very sorry to hear that distressing news, Vikingduk. You have the thoughts of Carol and I.

  12. Max Gross

    Every day, in every way, smirking Scotty from Events Management is pissing down our collars and spitting in our faces, while the country continues slipping down the shitter. His weepy election defeat concession speech will be bliss to watch.

  13. Harry Lime

    Duk,life can be a merciless bitch at times,my nearest and dearest of more than half a century is dealing with Parkinsons among other afflictions,totally undeserved.Make every day count,don’t let it beat you down,you could do worse than heaping well deserved shit on the greatest pretender this country has ever endured.Harry.

  14. Jack sprat

    Is it more than a coincidence that Twiggy bears a uncanny resemblance to Norm from the successful Life Be In It campaigns of the late 70’s .By having himself and Twiggy two Norm fat fucks in high vis exercising has Scotty from marketing plagiarized The Life Be In It campaign and claimed it as his own .After all his own ideas in marketing whilst head of tourism failed , it’s only logical then that he he would borrow from others people’s successful Campaigns .

  15. Neilw

    Scummo, won’t have a barre of it, love

  16. Henry Rodrigues

    Vikingduk….. Take comfort and strenght that there are many here, some strangers, others more familiar, and like minded travellers who are all thinking of you and wishing you and your missus the best.

  17. DrakeN

    Vikingduk, that is very sad news indeed.

    “Life’s a bitch – and then you die.”

    …and it displays little rhyme or reason and certainly little justice. The concept of Karma is a con.

    Go as well as you are able.

  18. LOVO

    Vickingduc, g’day mate…… 💙

  19. Michael Taylor

    G’day, LOVO. How’s ya been? 😀

  20. LOVO

    G’day Migs, I’ve been intemperate… as per usual 😉

  21. wam

    Sorry to you and your family, vikingduk, cancer puts us all into perspective. Love and luck will be needed. She has the former in spades, and we all wish her the latter.

    Feeling footie good, Michael and Rossleigh but cellulitis and cannula veins make arms and a leg lousy. RDH is great and 7th floor views of the harbor even better.
    The key to education is reinforcing the message. This is achieved by the media plus the left of the top hat curve repeating the LNP simple message WE are goood labor is baaad, over and over. It is a lie but to prove false requires a complexity beyond the ability to concentrate or understand.
    Labor has to enthuse the media to chase the rorts and arm the workers against the slogans and work on Melbourne and the loonie 9 seats.

    Yes Kaye, all the clp want dams and pipelines south. We lose up to 150000 litres from our pools so imagine vast shallow dams like the Murray lakes in the territory.
    Sadly with fracking who knows when we will need water?
    Last century the clp were suggesting we hoard car bodies to build a Mount Kilimanjaro in Katharine. About as feasible as pipes and dams but it sounds good and the lib party doesn’t need more than that?
    The poem short term workers or short term development and a couple more gintwig??

  22. LambsFry Simplex.

    Funny this.. just hearing on the news the government has announced a tax hike for the working people.

    Won’t tax the like of Chevron and
    shell, announces tax cuts for high incomes.

    Someone can explain it to me?

  23. GL

    LambsFry Simplex.

    Easily done: Liberal Party. Liberal with tax cuts for the 10%. Paid for by the other 90%.

  24. wam

    Lambs fry simplex
    The median in the $50k the average $90k the libs, remember Howard’s battlers, think in averages making sure the majority of Australians with a income are left out. Nota bene they think the majority of labor voters are in that cohort. Crazy when these pricks only get into office by frightening workers into electing them??
    Fear of losing their job is great enough to be conned into voting for the party whose claim to fame is losing jobs.

  25. Anthony Judge

    Whilst I understand some of the depths of anger and despair driving the comments made, my interest is whether the result is as productive as would be wished. Or do they simply constitute a healthy safety valve?

    The posture of progressive thinkers is increasingly one of complaint and regret that they are not listened to by those currently in power. It is a challenge for contributors to AIM. The same would probably be true if progressives were in power — with a need to avoid unwelcome distraction by those out of power.

    Where do we go beyond complaining — especially if complaining is all that unites us, as was the case in the Dump Trump dynamic? Whilst complaining may be enlightening the less well informed to some degree, is complaining engendering what is required for the kinds of change that might be dreamt of?

  26. LambsFry Simplex.

    “Here Come De Judge…”

    “Complaining” is very loose and probably perjorative term directed at folk who recognise an anomaly in what people in authority say and or do and what actually occurs.. such legitimate objections need encouraging, not silencing, as occurs in authoritarian regimes, for reasons of logic, compassion and justice.

    The Judge needs to use a term that differentiates between “unfounded complaint” and “legitimate complaint”, as employed here the term is nebulous and we need not proceed further.

  27. LambsFry Simplex.

    For example, the following:


    Is there not a contradiction revealed here that encourages a keen mind to examination and comment?

    This surely could not not adjudged to be a “complaint” but is maybe a legitimate enquiry into something obviously anomalous. The eventual discussion can be resolved, but not without presentation of evidence, since global warming and profit hunger are arguably actual existential threats.

  28. Anthony Judge

    I appreciate the details of the behavioural pattern carefully articulated by Rossleigh. I endeavoured to make the point that the learning for me is how we are empowered to respond to such patterns of which I appreciate the generic formulation by Stafford Beer:

    Reformers, critics of institutions, consultants in innovation, people in short who “want to get something done”, often fail to see this point. They cannot understand why their strictures, advice or demands do not result in effective change. They expect either to achieve a measure of success in their own terms or to be flung off the premises. But an ultra-stable system (like a social institution)… has no need to react in either of these ways. It specializes in equilibrial readjustment, which is to the observer a secret form of change requiring no actual alteration in the macro-systemic characteristics that he is trying to do something about.

    My argument with respect to “complaint” is criticized by stressing the importance of signalling anomalies. Having spent decades curating an online database on the problems, issues, contradictions, anomalies, etc perceived by every imaginable constituency, my learning is “so what?”. That initiative is matched by profiling the advocated strategies in response. Again “so what?” It is only too evident that neither the complainers nor the proposers are getting anywhere fruitful. So what is missing? More complaints to be ignored or more ineffectual look-good initiatives? Whingers of the World Unite?

    My anonymous critic’s best shot is to focus on my name from the obscurity of a nickname inviting speculation as to the problematic identity it conceals. Such a strategy could be expanded to a systematic criticisms of the names of all those in government — or contributing to AIM. The New Scientist has a long-running collection of what it terms “nominative determinism”, namely the tendency for writers to focus on areas of research which fits their surname. Is “LambsFry Simplex” another instance of this tendency?

  29. Doctor Wu

    A comprehensive denouncement Rossleigh. Thank you. And yes, Harry Lime, he certainly is a “sad, insecure little man” … But really folks, you are being too nice about this. Almost as if the prime bullshitter needs our concerned understanding … May I suggest ignoring Jimmy Barnes’ posturing, forgetting John Lennon’s almost academic version, and listening to the venom spat out by Marianne Faithful in her penetrating version. The irony is that neocon economics has made the “working class” virtually extinct in this country. What remains is nostalgia and grist for the marketing mill.

  30. Terence Mills

    Interesting development with Amazon in the USA whose employees were given the opportunity to vote on whether or not they should be permitted to unionise : they voted against .

    This in the land of the free. The vote as I understand it wasn’t to make union membership compulsory but merely to allow those who chose to join a union to do so.

    So, they voted against their own freedom of choice.

    Go figure !

  31. Matters Not

    TM – just demonstrates how different the US is to Australia. 5,805 workers were eligible to vote.

    Amazon set up an anti-union website — the now defunct DoItWithoutDues.com — to discourage workers from joining the union drive. And before the voting period, it held mandatory meetings for workers on company time, called captive-audience sessions, to show videos and run through PowerPoint presentations that disparage unionization.

    … result is also a setback for high-profile supporters including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and President Biden, who tweeted a video saying workers should be able to make their decision in union elections without pressure from their employer

    … Votes tallied Friday against unionization totaled 1,798 of the more than 3,000 total votes cast, while 738 voted for the union.

    In the land of the rugged individual, they all want to do their own thing.


    (Note that the link is to The Washington Post owned by Bezos who also owns Amazon. Nevertheless, it’s a pretty fair summary of what happened. Wouldn’t get that coverage here with Murdock.)

  32. Michael Taylor

    Vikingduk, our loved ones are always with us, no matter what.

    Just under three years ago, after heart bypass surgery, I woke in the middle of the night in a fit of terror. I didn’t know where I was, and worse still, I didn’t know who I was.

    Looking around in the semi-darkened room I noticed a stroller/walker and it clicked that I was in a hospital. But what for? After a few more confused minutes I remembered what I was there for, and confronting my own mortality, I panicked.

    But I still didn’t know who I was.

    I turned to my left and saw Carol sitting at the chair beside my bed. It dawned on me that I knew this person, and slowly the pieces come together that she was my wife, and where we lived etc, and who I was.

    But Carol wasn’t there at all. She was in her motel room and at that very time she was awake thinking of me.

    I have similar stories about my mother. I’ll leave those for another day.

  33. Lambchop Simnel

    Yeah, love Marianne Faithful.

  34. DrakeN

    MT, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy” (Hamlet, I.5)

    Life is a mystery and we arrogantly assure ourselves that we understand much of it.

    I am one of those who had a “near death experience” of being out of my body as a young motor car crash survivor.

    I have assumed nothing during the subsequent 75 years.

  35. wam

    6 hours trying to put a cannula in finally success and I heard about the business getting billions from Scummo.

    How dumb is albo the virus affects all of us,
    If we give every man woman and child $1000 cost $28b and the stimulus will be great for business.

  36. LambsFry Simplex.

    Albo, the man of the left.

    Poor left.

  37. LambsFry Simplex.

    Had a second read of Anthony Judge and fair enough.

    Yes, I loved lamb’s fry in gravy and bacon as a kid, and also my Nanna’s crumbed lamb brains with cauli au gratin.

    Yes, I suppose the frustrations must show, I don’t believe for a minute that the government’s sole policy is not avoidance of accountability at any cost for the sheer perverse, system-corrupting heck of it.

    If the ALP were any better I could still cling to long-vanished hope, but the evidence is ominous and has been for some time.

    Paul Keating once alluded cryptically to the impotence of Australia internationally and it has only gotten worse as to any decision of note, always made offshore, with the interests of this country a distance last as to wish lists.

  38. Skuze Me

    What I’d like to know is what sweetener was offered by mining management to convince the hapless workers to participate in the cringe-worthy propagandist photo-op with ProMo?

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