FRIDAY NIGHT RAFFLES

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HELLO AND WELCOME TO ANOTHER INSTALLMENT OF FRIDAY NIGHT RAFFLES.

A BIG WELCOME TO ALL OUR NEW MEMBERS,I HOPE YOU ENJOY YOURSELVES.

PMJG AGAINST ALL THE COLLECTIVE WISDOM OF WHAT PASSES FOR AUSTRALIAS MSM JOURNOS. IS STILL THE PM. AND WILL LEAD LABOR AND AUSTRALIA TILL THE NEXT FED.ELECTION .

IF I HAD A DOLLAR FOR EVERY TIME THESE BOZOS GOT IT WRONG I WOULD BE WRITING THIS FROM ABOARD MY PRIVATE JET AS I WAS FLYING AROUND THE PLANET  ON MY QUEST TO TASTE EVERY BEER MADE IN THE WORLD AT THE MOMENT.

FOR OUR NEW PATRONS JUST ASK FOR ANY 3 NUMBERS BETWEEN 1-100. FIRST IN FIRST SERVED. THE PRIZE IS EITHER A SAT.NIGHT LOTTO QUICKPICK OR A $7 BET ON THE RACES. IF YOU WIN YOU CAN KEEP YOUR WINNINGS (I WILL POST YOU A CHEQUE) OR YOU CAN ASK FOR THE MONEY TO BE PUT INTO THE KITTY WHICH AT THE END OF THE YEAR WE WILL DONATE TO AN AS YET UNDERTMINED CHARITY.  THE KITTY SO FAR IS $40.70  GOOD LUCK

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DRINKS ARE ON THE HOUSE AND THE JUKEBOX  IS FREE. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT

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502 thoughts on “FRIDAY NIGHT RAFFLES

  1. Morning all.

    Very telling indeed:

    @GhostWhoVotes The number NO-ONE will talk about: More likely LIB 11% Less likely LIB 25% = -14% swing against LIB = Gillard victory #auspol

  2. confessions

    It is telling. But it wont stop the next newspoll due in the next few days being front and centre. If the Nielsen poll sent the political class into hysteria, I dread to think what Newspoll is going to spew forth.

  3. victoria:

    Newspoll has been erratic of late. Who knows what it will return this weekend. Not that it matters much at this stage, but I hope it shows an improvement on the previous results. That’ll put something of a cork in the mouths of some.

  4. Newspoll has been erratic of late. Who knows what it will return this weekend. Not that it matters much at this stage, but I hope it shows an improvement on the previous results. That’ll put something of a cork in the mouths of some.

    Exactly! The media never talk about good Newspolls for the government. 🙂

  5. confessions

    I am not overly confident. If the polls are crap, we will hear leadershit, leadershit, leadershit.
    What has really irked me about the leadershit crap is that some say that Rudd gets his message across. That is laughable. In any event, he does not need to be PM to communicate Labor’s policies nor attack the opposition. He is a Labor MP, and the fact that he was once PM can work in favour of being a messenger for the Party and its Leader.

  6. c@tmomma

    [Isn’t a seat in federal parliament the gift of the ALP to all former ACTU Presidents? Even the lacklustre Jenny George got that one.]

    Yes indeed

  7. Well it appears the narrative of the election already being lost by Labor is settling in. It is becoming a foregone conclusion in most quarters.
    Well I am still waiting for the game changer. 🙂

  8. In any event, he does not need to be PM to communicate Labor’s policies nor attack the opposition.

    When was the last time Rudd actually defended legislative achievements of Gillard’s govt as distinct from the Rudd govt? He was spruiking the govt’s response to the GFC the other day, but that was achieved under his leadership.

    You rarely, if ever hear him defend achievements under Gillard’s leadership.

  9. confessions

    That is the point. If Rudd is so popular and is the difference between victory and losing. All that is damn well required by him is to spruik for the govt and attack the Fibs. Simple as that really. Nothing else is required at this point in time. Anything else would ensure real chaos in the govt.

  10. confessions,
    🙂 Thank you. There will be moar corruption and dysfunction from the LNP in Queensland, I think you can count on it. David Donovan, who lives up there is beavering away at IA on digging up as much of it as he can.

    Did you see that reference of his to a Tony Abbott story he is onto?

    Frankly, I think Abbott’s foes are letting him puff himself up atm, like the Chicken Hawk he is, keeping in mind that wonderful saying,

    Pride goeth before a fall

    Keeping their powder dry for now.

    OK, here’s your Mug of Flat White, and a cruisey song by a band with its origins in WA. If you look at the band photo at the beginning, on the left of the front row you will see Stephen Koukoulas’ cousin, Phil Koukoulas. He plays the Bass. As you probably know, the Koukoulas’ are a Perth family, now since branched out, illustriously around Oz. Pretty much have always leaned Left. Professor Byron Koukoulas is Phil’s dad. My OH and I knew Phil from The Triffids days, and when my OH played with the Triffids original Bassist in a band called ‘The Self Righteous Brothers’.

    Enjoy! Especially if you like Leonard Cohen. 🙂

  11. c@tmomma

    Here are some cross posts

    I wonder who this alleged Coalition minister could be? Maybe the video will reveal…

    http://tinyurl.com/bhugtd7

    Replies from moi

    The blackmailer worked in Melbourne and Sydney. Nothing mentioned about Canberra or Adelaide.

    Btw there was a tweet by Donovan of IA, that Labor have a “video”

  12. Thanks C@t! Very much looking forward to whatever David Donovan might dig up about the LNP. What a shonky lot they are and totally unfit to govern.

  13. Mark Kenny tries to slip one through to the keeper:

    During the 2010 campaign, Labor and the Coalition delayed the release of their costings until days before the vote, denying Treasury the opportunity to check their calculations. Treasury later found errors in the Coalition costings it said amounted to $3.5 billion.

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/election-promises-will-be-audited–after-polling-day-20130221-2eumz.html#ixzz2LfjbFedm

    Er, no. It was $11 billion.

  14. Good morning. no hangover here.

    It was a wild night – no, not at the Pub, right here at home. Bleeding East Coast lows – pelting rain all day yesterday and all night. (Still raining now), huge, house-shaking gusts of wind. Very loud surf pounding -and I’m a few k’s from the beaches. Very scary. I thought there would be some major damage this morning, but nothing at all except the lawn and verandah is covered in leaves from the liquidambar and a neighbour has lost half their lovely bottlebrush. For a while there I thought the liquidambar might end up in the house with me so I abandoned my PC, the Pub and my comfy chair and moved to the other end of the house and theTV. There was no hope of sleep with all the ruckus going on so I caught up on some recorded viewing including the first half of House of Cards.

    House of Cards is still very, very topical and very current, especially the American media mogul’s deal with Francis Urquhart. I particularly enjoyed Greville’s comments when the Tories lost 70 of their 100 seat majority – ‘Never a word of it in the polls. Nobody forecast this one, nobody.’ I’m hoping OM types all over the country will be saying similar things when Labor slays the Coalition in September.

  15. Just re that Waleed Aly article. I read it yesterday. Waleed’s not an idiot, and he’s been known to be the voice of reason in various formats and panels for a while now. Yet the article did seem to be quite misconceived. Within the confines of its assumptions it did make some sense, but the assumptions are out of date, and some of them are wrong.

    The idea that a party requires a narrative to survive and that the ALP are failing due to the lack of narrative ignores two things:

    1. Narrative is often imposed retrospectively. The Howard government was just floundering about for its first five years. GST and the gun buyback didn’t really define it. In fact the GST was regarded as a mess and a liability until 2001. It was Sept 11 and the Iraq War that helped define the Howard ‘values’, and he only managed that by toadying to the US. And even after claiming some kind of narrative post 2001, the Coalition still struggled to stay in power, a surge in 2004 being the only bright spot for them. And the Beazley opposition, which had no narrative at all, was ahead in the polls a lot of the time.

    2. The Coalition have no narrative at all. Nobody knows what they stand for, they only know a couple of things they’re against. If the narrative is all, they’d have to fail, wouldn’t they?

    Journalists see themselves as storytellers. Of course they love a good narrative. But the story such as it is, has altered. Very few people these days see the ALP as a Union Party, and it’s actually been a remarkable transformation (mostly effected during the Hawke-Keating era) that has seen the ALP become more all-encompassing. They need to define themselves as one side of a divide, but the divide is no longer working class vs ruling class. It’s citizen vs bureaucrat. ‘Working families’ and ‘small businessmen’ have a common enemy in Big Business.

    Any attempt to portray the ALP as still primarily the defender of the blue collar worker is misconceived. People no longer just go to work, get a pay packet, spend/save it. That sector exists, but it’s shrinking. People are more involved, they invest, they start small businesses, they buy online, they shop around more. The Liberals have shifted a bit to accommodate big business in the new arrangement. The ALP have shifted too.

    The last point about Waleed Aly. Fairfax has lurched to the right, and Gina’s got her claws into Channel Ten. I’d imagine Aly has all sorts of ideas about the political landscape – he certainly has done in the past – but this is the only one his employers will let him write.

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