Monday, July 7, 2008

Peter is from Mars, Brendan is from Uranus

Did you ever happen to notice...

Politicians have developed the annoying habit of constantly repeating what they consider to be their key catch phrases. A line like "We're about a fair go for working families" is always quickly followed by another: "yes, a fair go for working families". Do they really think the average person is so thick they won't understand the complexity the first time? Are they not aware that it really sounds just a bit patronising? In fact, this strategy serves several purposes. It allows the media to make sure they have captured a tidy sound bite, and it's also a good way of stopping yourself saying "ummmmm" when you're not sure what to say next. Both would have about the same meaning.

Whenever Brendan Nelson refers to Peter Garrett, he repeats the question: "Which planet is he from?" I'd like to offer an answer before Brendan asks again: Peter Garrett quite clearly comes from Mars. Garrett is an imposter who has been conscripted into the Labour Party in a cynical attempt to boost the youth and green vote. Even in his Midnight Oil days he professed to be just the singer and not responsible for the group's political messages. As an Environment Minister, he makes a pretty good singer, remaining a figure head and leaving the really important stuff to Penny Wong. He has put forward a policy on the momentous issue of plastic shopping bags but he remains something of an embarrassment and a reminder that cheap populism has a price. Judging by his proposed solution to the fuel crisis (5 cents!!!???) there are strong indications that Brendan Nelson may actually come from Uranus.

The Australian Democrats have finally drawn their last breath. I doubt too many people will shed a tear over their final demise. A great many middle class, small l liberals thought they were very clever during the Democrats heyday and would announce: "I vote Labor in the lower house and Democrat in the Senate, let's keep the barstards honest!". They didn't feel so clever when Meg Lees capitulated to the GST. This was surely a crime against the electorate; no one wanted it and once installed we'll know we'll never be rid of it. So much for keepin the barstards honest; Meg Lees may also be from Uranus.

Keep watching the skies...


Jenny said...

Yes, I think I'll vomit next time I hear "working families". Aren't we all families? Don't we all work? But of course they mean the traditional nuclear family structure, which is not so much a majority of family structures anymore.

Peter Garrett is a very annoying person. I just do now know how he sleeps at night. I don't think Penny Wong is quite on the mark either.

Don't forget the ALPs other "celebrities" though, Mary Delahunty and Cheryl Kernot.

Good riddance to the Democrats I say. They were done for as soon as they agreed with the GST.

Liam said...

Brendan Nelson tends to refer to 'working families' as 'ordinary people'. He obviously excludes himself from this category. I also find him to be extraordinary but obviously for different reasons than his. I find being referred to as 'ordinary' patronising and offensive; especially in comparison to a loser like Brendan. (Apparently he plays guitar badly and rides a motorcycle.. need I say any more?)

I doubt that Peter really thinks deeply enough about anything to lose any sleep. At least Penny Wong appears to be a competant politician but that's not really much of an accolade.

I'm trying to forget other celebrities like Cheryl and Mary. Those that betray their convictions most likely never had any to begin with.

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Jenny said...

It is hard to quarrell with Liams views . we are all sick of the relentless spin. I turn off the TV chanell when say the 7.30 report interviews a pollie.
Why are they so repulsive and incapable of reflecting the opinions of most of their electorate. Its not that they are the bottom of the human barrell, people without priniciple who in fact fear their electors more than anything else, but at root the reason is because they ,and I mean the ALP and the Lib/Nationals serve the interests of the top few percent of the very rich but who are obliged to hide this rule by capital from us. so of course they must lie, duck and weave, and spin spin spin