Tuesday, 24 May 2016
The current state of the British political project.
There is a fundamental (and fairly obvious) flaw at the centre of the Brexit campaign. Read more …7 comments
Monday, 9 May 2016
It is not right for Australians to be forced into a guessing game, and it’s not right for Australians to not face this year with certainty and stability. So in the interests of certainty, in the interest of transparency, in the interest of good governance, I have made the date clear today.
J Gillard, January 2013
Turnbull’s bold play came as the latest Newspoll showed his authority sliding, and his government wearing the costs of a perceived drift. Turnbull’s frustration at these perceptions has been as evident as it has been pointless. Having so many unknowns in play at once has done the new PM no favours.
This special sitting / early budget / early double-D election announcement will change all of that smartly.
Mark Kenny, 21 March
Poor polling is making the decision to defer the election until July look increasingly questionable.
Mark Kenny, one month later
This is the second election in a row that the date has been locked in well in advance. The key advantage of choosing an election date, so helpful to a Prime Minister’s authority, has been thrown away by Prime Ministers who desperately needed all the help they can get, because other concerns prevailed – namely the need to lock in a party behind them that was in danger of drifting and fragmenting beneath them. Read more …4 comments
Monday, 28 March 2016
Like a dead fish, a paralysed government soon flips upside down in the water. Read more …14 comments
Monday, 29 February 2016
Why has everyone been so desperate for Tony Abbott to quit the political stage? Read more …5 comments
Monday, 1 February 2016
Our country is in serious trouble. We don’t have victories anymore. We used to have victories, but we don’t have them. When was the last time anybody saw us beating, let’s say China in a trade deal?
I beat China all the time. All the time.
Republican and US Presidential front-runner Donald Trump
When is Donald Trump going to stop embarrassing his friends, let alone the whole country?
Rupert Murdoch 18 July 2015
London elites, media, etc sneering at Trump, others. No understanding of mid-America conditions or politics.
Rupert Murdoch four months later
Mr. Trump, in 1999, you said you were, quote, “very pro-choice.” Even supporting partial-birth abortion. You favored an assault weapons ban as well. In 2004, you said in most cases you identified as a Democrat. Even in this campaign, your critics say you often sound more like a Democrat than a Republican, calling several of your opponents on the stage things like clowns and puppets.
When did you actually become a Republican?
Megyn Kelly at the Fox debate
It might seem to be similar. Like UK Labour, the US Republicans are now stuck with a front runner they don’t want and have been trying to get rid of.
But there the similarities end. Read more …6 comments
Wednesday, 23 December 2015
LEIGH SALES: OK. Let’s whip through a few other things. Your minister, Mal Brough, …
MALCOLM TURNBULL: You’ve lost interest in innovation, have you?
LEIGH SALES: (Laughs) I haven’t lost interest, but there’s a lotta things to get through and there’s limited time.
MALCOLM TURNBULL: Aunty ABC loses interest in innovation.
LEIGH SALES: I wish we had unlimited time.
MALCOLM TURNBULL: Yes, well, there you go.
Press gallery loses interest in the ishoos
I do love Catholics who now think Martin Luther & the Reformation are an example for other religions to follow. Welcome to the 16th Century.
Alex Hawke MP
The attempt by Ian Macfarlane to switch Coalition parties was widely portrayed as marking the end of Turnbull’s honeymoon as it showed that he faced dissension in the Coalition. If that’s the criteria, then it never began. Read more …9 comments
Tuesday, 15 September 2015
A “humble” Malcolm Turnbull promised to be a team player, pledged no radical shifts in policy, and assured there would be no recriminations.
“I listen to everybody,” he said. “I am a great believer in networking. I am a great believer in communication and consultation.”
Malcolm Turnbull assuming the leadership in, er, 2008
For the last five years, Australia has had to endure the tedious process of both major parties regaining control from what Barrie Cassidy called the “party thieves”, Rudd and Turnbull, only to see the major parties make such a hash of it that both “thieves” ended up taking the party back again. Sort of. Read more …12 comments
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Can I just finish?
The Unstoppable Jeremy Corbyn
If the struggle between Rudd and Gillard over the dead soul of the Labor party, and the hollow leadership election that followed, occasionally descended into farce, it is nothing compared to what is now going on in UK Labour. Read more …10 comments
Monday, 24 August 2015
To paraphrase a great rugby phrase ‘go you Goodes thing’ and to quote Warren Mundine ‘stop the boos’
Tweet from the very clever Scott Morrison
I just find it incomprehensible that the state of Australia is so racist that we have widespread tolerance and support for the most vicious kind of racism that I haven’t seen since the dark days of the end of apartheid
Some perspective from Marcia Langton
Probably for some the jeers are mindless, just revelling in something taboo. But increasingly, that dull drone is sounding like an assertion of power: crowds of non-Indigenous people declaring, “We will keep doing this and you can’t stop us”.
One sports writer expressing the darkest fears
Like most developed countries, Australia has a race problem. It might not take the form it does in the enlightened country this writer comes from, of cops regularly shooting black people in the streets (curiously omitted in the piece), but it exists and mostly is focussed on indigenous people.
Here are a few examples highlighted by this blog. Read more …10 comments
Friday, 14 August 2015
They’re my personal views, Leigh, and I’m not going to impose those on the rest of the country.
Scott Morrison formulates the platform for the Australian right
Scott Morrison’s had a very good week and it’s written all over his face. Read more …24 comments