And the masters of stupidity and self foot shooting (The ALP), along with the masters of lies, spin and confected, hypocritical outrage (The LNP) are at it again. 😯 With the repeat WA half senate election (Not a Bi-election, as claimed by the LNP) now relegated to the annuls of history, and the long and laborious preference counting, begining, to determine the last of the six seats, you have to wonder what has this country come to?
What we saw, was yet another example of gross stupidity on behalf of the ALP, with the choice of Joe Bullock as #1 on the ticket, and even grosser LNP hypocrisy from the likes of Abbott and Bishop (All we’d need is the Cardinal, and we’d have the Catholic trifecta 😯 ), crying foul over “People buying seats”… Shock horror… 😯 😮
I’ll get back to the LNP, but the first question that has to be asked is;
“WTF were the ALP thinking?” I mean seriously? What political genius thought… “Oh… I know, lets go far a Labor candidate that:
- Is a friend of Tony Abbott?
- Advised him to join the Liberals?
- Has publicly endorsed Abbott as a potentially “Good PM”?
- Has publicly criticised his ALP running mate?
- Has publicly stated that some in the ALP are “Mad”?
- Has publicly stated that the ALP don’t look after the workers, and can’t be trusted?
- Says he doesn’t always vote Labor?
Now we know that it was a right wing union deal, but really; is it a prerequisite of the “Right” factions, that they check their brains, common sense and loyalty at the door, when they join up, and never reclaim them? 🙄
WTF, if anything, were they thinking?
And the upshot being that Louise Pratt, the “decent” candidate, and the one that should have been #1, is fighting to claim her seat, while the modern version of “Senator Field” of the Gough dismissal era comes to mind. (For those that don’t remember he was appointed to replace a deceased QLD Labor Senator (Bertie Millner), by Joh Bjelke-Petersen who rejected the Labor nominee Mal Coulston.)
Of course, the difference being, that appointment was made by a corrupt QLD state Premier, to help screw a Federal Labor government, whereas Bullock was an ALP appointment, to help screw themselves? 😯
Now we come to the other stupidity, from the LNP; the issue of their blatantly obvious hypocrisy.
When Arthur Sinodinis showed his lack of recall, last week at the ICAC enquiry, we were gobsmacked that one of the most influential and arguably, most powerful Liberals, has such a shonky memory. 😯
But apparently it’s also in their (The LNP) DNA, as the leadership (And I use the term very loosely) team, seem to have forgotten about the last election? 😉
Apart from the fact that we have Abbott and Bishop squealing like the proverbial “Stuck Pigs”, over Palmer and his efforts to “Buy” seats in parliament, in the bi-election that wasn’t, what we witnessed was the most breathtaking examples of selective memories and hypocrisy.
So let’s just have a quick look back to the last parliamentary term, and the way that they
stole won the election.
One of the main features of the last three years+ was the LNP lies, spin, fear and propaganda campaign, waged with the full and unwavering support of the Murdoch media empire and most of the remaining MSM.
Now I have to say that it beggars belief, that Abbott and Jules Bishop, can seriously expect anyone with a brain, to accept the level of outrage that they displayed, over Palmer paying out around $3 mill (According to Clive, and much more according to the LNP) for party advertising, when they owe Rupert for 3 years + of, almost daily, free advertising in the form of editorial content, spread from the front pages of his “rags” (and I do mean “RAGS”), back through the pages in most editions, in most of his mastheads. 😯
Even Clive couldn’t afford that! 😯 And certainly the LNP can’t. 😉
So without covering the old ground of how we’ll be the ones to pay back, in spades, Abbott’s debt to Murdoch; the truth is that while it can be argued that Palmer bought his seats in parliament, there is a much stronger, more powerful and valid argument that says that; Murdoch bought and paid for, not just a few seats, but the whole damned parliament!
Pot… Meet Kettle! 😉
At this point, it would be remiss of me to not mention that I also heard the greens make similar claims about Palmer, which is also somewhat hypocritical and disingenuous, from the party that was the second biggest spender. 😉
And sadly, the things that will define this current term of parliament, and may well become its enduring legacy are: Gross stupidity, and even grosser Hypocrisy!
I know I’ve used this picture a few times, but I just love it! 😉