I didn’t think it was possible but Tony Abbott is getting worse.
He is now claiming that a “cultural cowardice” at the heart of public institutions such as the ABC and the public service has caused people to abandon the major parties and mainstream political leaders have failed to promote the “virtues and benefits” of Western civilisation including “Gospel values” and free speech.
Right. So a few good Hallelujahs will make us all forget about their incompetent management, the poor quality of candidates, the lies they tell, and their blatantly self-serving policies.
“Whether it’s official persecution of Queensland students for a bit of justified sarcasm, state governments promoting gender fluidity programs in schools, or a federal government-approved activist being disrespectful of Anzac Day, there’s this pervasive ambivalence verging on hostility to our country and its values from people who should know better,” Mr Abbott said on Wednesday night.
“When the head of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet thinks that his decisions may have been tainted by ‘unconscious bias’, when the newly appointed ABC chairman thinks that his organisation has no objectivity problem, when dozens of big companies are more ready to campaign for same-sex marriage than for economic reform, when shareholder activism has intimidated big banks against investing in coal, and when it’s all-but-impossible to discuss race, gender or religion in our universities without ‘trigger warnings’, the long march of the left through our institutions is almost complete,” he said.
Yes these are the most important challenges facing our nation according to the man who was kicked out of office by his own party – the Human Rights Commission, the Safe Schools program, marriage equality, the ABC, ANZAC day, free speech (for some), and some good old gospel jingoism.
Tony suggested that “values disruption” is even more concerning than job security, economic disruption and national security.
Ever the populist, Abbott took time to really put the boot into Yassmin Abdel-Magied.
“Of course she was wrong to claim that Islam was the most feminist of religions. Of course, you can express any opinion you like; but why is it that only some opinions get you sacked, or investigated by the Human Rights Commission?” Mr Abbott said.
Ummm…because nothing Yassmin said was racially offensive?
“Still, an over-promoted, politically correct 26-year-old is merely the symptom of the cultural cowardice that’s penetrated to the very heart of our institutions. While officialdom wrings its hands in nervous self-doubt about anything that might be labelled anti-youth, anti-women, anti-black or, perhaps worst of all, anti-Muslim, Australians show what they think of our country’s knockers by turning out in ever increasing numbers and ever greater enthusiasm on Anzac Day.”
Young Muslim women with dark skin should know their place. They have no right to remind us of the suffering of victims of war on our ANZAC day!
Tony knows a lot about over-promotion. The people of Warringah have been rewarding his incompetence for decades.