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Published On: May 10, 2010 03:40 PM
Wed - January 7, 2009
Kevin Rudd, 'Fiscal' Conservative?
Just over a year since the Howard Government was
thrown unceremoniously from power, with their leader, John Howard, losing his
own seat (his party didn't have the guts to dump him, but the voters did) it is
an appropriate time to take stock of the Labor Government under Prime Minister
Kevin Rudd. Perhaps there was a portent of the direction and flavour of the
incoming government on the night of the election, when, flushed with the
euphoria of victory and more than a glass or two of celebratory drinks, we
endured Mr Rudd delivering an uninspiring cliche-ridden speech in a flat
monotone. Anything was better than John Howard though, and we lived in hope of a
more tolerant society.
Posted at 11:47 PM Read More
Wed - November 7, 2007
Ode to John Howard
One ought to be at least a little conciliatory of
John Howard's years in power, but I'll let someone else do that. The kindest
thing that I can say about the man, is that he stayed in power long enough for
us to throw him out, including it seems, out of his own seat. This hope of mine
was expressed in a previous blog, 'The
Rat to go down with his ship' . In this alone, Howard lived up to,
and fulfilled my expectations.
Posted at 01:41 AM Read More
Tue - October 23, 2007
The Rat To Go Down With His Ship
Nothing, apart from the Howard Government winning
this years election, (which is not going to happen), would disappoint me more
than if John Howard had chosen not to contest it as his party's leader. For a
while it seemed, he was contemplating retirement; passing the baton to his
economic partner throughout his eleven year reign, treasurer Peter Costello.
Fortunately Howard's hubris, along with his life-long dedication to
conservatism, and his love of power, has seen him remain to fight his last
fight. I didn't want him to retire, because I want to see him
Posted at 12:59 PM Read More
Mon - September 24, 2007
Election Looms - Howard's Doom?
After what seems to have been a year of a phony
election campaign, the incumbent John Howard, Australia's Prime Minister, will
soon have to call an election. He is in no hurry to do so, as his so-called
'Liberal' party trails the opposition Labor Party by more than ten points, and
the Labor leader Kevin Rudd is being perceived as a fresh face. Howard is
increasingly being seen as a man who has run out of ideas, but also as a man who
has brazenly danced around the truth far too often.
Posted at 11:37 PM Read More
Thu - August 2, 2007
Mohamed Haneef; The Politics of Hate.
Of one thing we can be sure. Australian Federal
Police Commissioner Mick Keelty, Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews, and Prime
Minister John Howard will pursue Mohamed Haneef with every ounce of their being.
Far more important for them now, is not Dr Haneef's guilt or innocence - details
like that are not important for this Government - it is the political mileage to
be gained from denigrating him, and the loss of face to be suffered if he proves
to be innocent. One has only to observe the on-going slaughter in Iraq,
(justified now as a huge loss of face if the invasion fails) with the carnage of
Iraqis not even worthy of comment by the war mongers Howard and Downer, to see
how individuals of other than white Caucasian bent stand in the grand order of
Posted at 12:42 PM Read More
Thu - September 21, 2006
Howard's Australia Home to Roost
Let's make no mistake about who was responsible
for the racist violence we saw on the beaches of Sydney on December 9th 2005. It
can be sheeted home to the master of dog whistle politics, John Winston Howard.
The man who won an election by demonising refugees, who supports the torture
gulags across the world run by the 'freedom loving' United States, who advocates
the invasion of an Arab nation to support his masters, and who supports
draconian laws to deprive people of due process, has set the tone. He can
deplore the violence all he likes, but it was his supporters, flying the flag he
loves, wallowing in the jingoism he bathes in, who were marching to his drum
beat of insinuation and fear.
Posted at 04:05 PM Read More
poor fellow my country
Does a country get the leader it deserves, or
does a leader guide the country towards their view of what they believe a
country should be? It's an important question in light of the results of
election 2004, wherein John Winston Howard, one of the most reviled and vilified
leaders the country has ever seen, has won an historic four elections in a row,
by popular mandate.
Posted at 04:03 PM Read More