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Tony Abbot's Strange Week
The fellow wandered into another PR bungle this week with Kerry OBrien and his explication upon what constitutes "acceptable" lies, as his on camera ineptitude continued to hem him in as to his telling of his story, why he feels he is entitled to lie when others are not.
So much has been written across Aus media, that I can add nothing beyond a couple of impressions.
Firstly, Abbot is again magnified in his clumsiness; in his becoming the "issue" instead of Rudd, who was himself again recently snookered by O'Brien by the following factor, the awkward political peripatations of the sylph-like Joe Hockey.
Scales fell away, as to the latter, after his performance earlier in the week, on Q & A. Reminds the writer of one of these dead fish you keep seeing washed up on teev news from the gulf oil spill.
Not for nothing have these two been depicted as clowns by cartoonists for the big dailies, as the week has worked into the weekend.
Abbot is probably influenced by Catholic theology and conservative Catholic ideology. And ultimately the Plato of the "Republic "dialogue. He really is infused with the idea that he is a uniquely self operative "special". The dangerous part in him resides in his vanity, which offers him up to himself in this idealised form, but may be an example of a Hitlerite type personality, under situations of extreme stress. Which is not to say he is any worse than the rest, as you can be sure he'd tell you himself.
Rudd could be on the way to a ton, to use an old Howard cricket-ism, but with the coalition bowling so inept and easy dropped catches at slip, Rudd and Gillard look well set, unless they run each other out. Neither are political angels, at least to their PR people, would like to see them more highly regarded by the electorate, for the Oppositions ineptitude leaves suspect government, governance, issues and policy left unscrutinised while the kiddies play their games.
At least Rudd has not yet seemed to lose his marbles yet. But Abbot worries me. He's like Snoopy on top of his Kennel ready for another duel with a mythical Red Baron; he seems still, at fifty odd years of age a bit of a kid- reality never ended up seeping through.
He doesn't take drugs, yet seems to live in a fantasy world.
As for Hockey, words fail me...
So what's it really all about. We know Rudd could have pulled a double dissolution and formed up an informal coalition with the Greens to govern after an Abbot defeat already, but why not?
Because the ALP wants power free of the moral, scientific and development constraints that might come with giving the Greens BoP.
Shabby and the Abbotists know they can't move from the Right without losing Hansonist support to Populist Labor, these already loathe their harsh employment and social policies.
A good result instead going to the Greens is not a bad plan B, given likely trimming of Labor's majority next election. Whilst Gillard, Tanner, Swan, Rudd and others just ease away at the fear of "extreme" Tony, they can reinforce the impression that they are at least rational if not altogether loveable and after all, negotiated the Global Slump seemingly well enough. So much goes unscrutinised while the coalition remains in its moribund state; it is a disgrace and should be voted out next election, en masse, along with the more corrupt or useless elements within Labor.