Tony, how far back do you want to take us?
There is one small point that most seem to have overlooked in the first debate that may well indicate how far into the past Tony Abbott wants to take us.
The fact is that here we are in 2013, and while, during the first decade of the 21st century, the developed world pretty much fell into a fiscal black hole, courtesy of the GFC which most are still struggling to get themselves out of, Australia has powered ahead.
The LNP will tell anyone that will listen, that it was thanks to the Howard years of “Great fiscal management”, that we survived basically unscathed. WTF?
I won’t go into why that statement is so much crap, but I will put some links at the end, that will explain it much better that I could.
But I digress. 😯
Now I’m sure that some will say that I am nitpicking, but the reality is that in the responses from the MSM to the question that Benson asked about the second airport for Sydney, we heard reams of commentary about how Kevin Rudd didn’t answer the question.
To be fair, there were some who were also mildly critical of Tony Abbott, and his lack of an answer, but there was not one mention of how he took us back to a time when the standard units of measure were imperial, not metric.
At this point, I can almost hear the cries of WHF is he rambling about?
What a good question! 😀
Well the chances are that most people missed the little indicator as to why Abbott has trouble with a vision for the future, so let me explain. 😀
“We cannot go on for another decade the way we have over the last six years and we’ve had a Government which has not advanced us one inch, one yard over the last six years on this.” (My Bold)
Now the metrification of Australia was started in 1970, when I was a first year apprentice cabinet maker, and had to deal with the first vestiges of conversion.
It was completed in 1988, so some 25 years ago it was done and dusted.
The fact that in 2013, Tony Abbott looks back with longing to the most dishonest and profligate government in our political history, points to sex appeal as something that could be included on a woman’s CV, calls same sex marriage “Fashion of the moment” and measures forward movement in “Inches and Yards” is a fair indicator the he is locked in the 70’s or at the latest the 80’s, and that the future is an unknown quantity with this current incarnation of the LNP.
Considering most people 40 and below have known nothing but metric measurements, and that that demographic are the future of this country, the questions we need to ask ourselves are:
- Is it any wonder that Tony Abbott has real problems getting his head around a true vision for the future of this country, when he can’t even get his head around something as simple as metric conversion, the implementation of which started 43 years ago, and has been in, pretty much, exclusive use for at least 25 years?
- Considering the first question, what is the target demographic of his policy regime?
- Can we really trust a man with such a limited capacity for forward thinking and change, to take us and our country to an exciting and prosperous future?
- Is this the sort of person that we want to represent us on the world stage?
- Tony, when you watch your favourite show, Downton Abbey, do you long for the days of serfdom, with you as lord of the Manor, or better still King of Australia, lording it over the women and peasants, all the while further increasing the divide between the rich and the poor?
- Tony, how far back do you want to take us?
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