Headless chooks rule the roost

Headless
This poor man isn’t the only headless person running around this morning.

The way the government’s behaving you’d think Ingham’s chicken factory had moved to Canberra.

Hockey on AM this morning was in a denialist Fantasyland. He is actually making out there’s little or no problem with the Budget, and is sticking to the mantra that they have kept all their promises. Michael Brissenden, his interviewer, laughed out loud. It was the laugh you hear that says, “You can’t be serious!”

Doesn’t Joe realize that, every time he says this, they lose a few more voters?

Not that I care.

I always said the man had failed in every portfolio he’d ever taken on, and he’s failing again. Unfortunately (for us) he’s now the Treasurer of the country, a portfolio in which failure is measured in the $billions and the lives affected score in the millions.

His combination of laziness and petulance – his “happy” or “grumpy” stage act – isn’t getting him anywhere. Nor has it ever.

Holding the Australian people and Australia’s economy to ransom so his mob of culture warriors can score points for “toughness” isn’t helping him, or them.

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Abbott is flying all over the world, looking for someone he sees as a kindred spirit. He had to go to the UK to find a friendly government. Perhaps he still thinks James Bond and MI6 saved the world when Goldfinger tried to take over the gold market? Britain has its own problems. They’re not going to be able to solve ours. You’re on your own, 007.

Very few Prime Ministers get just the one Malaysian Airline Boeing 777 to strut their stuff. No Prime Minister has ever had TWO of them. Yet both of them have been fucked-up on the altar of Abbott, trying to look like a leader. How is that even possible?

Abbott Terrier

Rushing around being Tony The Terrier – at the front door to welcome his people home, then at the back door to say hello, rolling over wagging his tail to every AFP and military type he can spot,  labelling everything he can lays his hands on “Operation Something-Or-Other”,  using the grieving relatives of MH-17 as props in his “Statesman” act – is not a good look. You just can’t keep up this kind of vaudeville act forever while the nation languishes, ungoverned.

Buffoons like “Bookends” Brandis are too busy trying to please Andrew Bolt, the IPA and their gaggles of green biro crazies to notice that the caravan has moved on from Tea Party-like exhibitions of “freedom”.

Kevin Andrews (when he’s not on Polly Pedal, that is) and Eric Abetz are off on vanity tours of crackpot fringe groups still looking for reasons why the unemployed and women who have abortions are about to suffer for their “choices” .

And God only knows what Cory Bernardi is up to.

Cory Bernardi Crazy

(Credit: Fairfax)

The PUPs are causing mayhem in the Senate. The Motorists are busy sacking staff.  Blacksmiths are telling the Treasurer how to run the country.

Action on Climate Change has been shut down, along with the industries that depend on it. Motor industry workers are about to find that even if you applied for four hundred and 40 jobs a month, in Geelong there aren’t any.

It doesn’t matter how many severed heads The Australian publishes on its front page, or how many ex-General Blimps they put up, telling us we’re in another war against Islam (and this time it’s for a hundred years, no less!)  only upsets the Punters more.

The Photoshop artist at the Daily Telegraph isn’t about to change the fate of nations by stitching a Mike Carlton head onto a Boston Bombing body. Photoshop is easy.

Abbott - MH370 annotated

And what can have possessed Fairfax to constructively dismiss both of their most popular columnists?

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Australians – in business, employees (and the unemployed), the sick and the simply troubled – don’t really give a damn about the coming Caliphate. They know it’s not real. They know their jobs and the livelihoods are. Today… not in a a hundred years’ time.

When are the headless Coalition chooks going to get serious?

They won government in a healthy landslide and they’ve squandered the gift of the Australian electors on fluffery: personal vendettas against Gillard and Rudd in the form of sham Royal Commissions, sackings, phoney imported “freedoms”, the born-again abortion debate, 100 years Wars.

Abbott Nosferatu

It’s Abbott’s demented brain expressing itself through his government. His disorganized brain-fart mentality, his need to shock and to intimidate, to belittle others to make himself look a little taller is now infecting an entire nation.

The more he combs-over his hair, the more stiltedly he speaks, the longer the miles he flies seeking credibility, the deeper the nation he’s supposed to be governing will sink into despair.

 

We have plenty of problems at home that need attention. Massaging Tony Abbott’s ego is not one of them. And slogans don’t help either.

I do wish he – and his so-called “government” – would just GROW UP (and the media would do well to give it a go too).

Abbott Fearless Leader 2

 

691 thoughts on “Headless chooks rule the roost

  1. Here is a bit of the John Hewson article, discussing makiing embarrassing statements.
    Note who was responsible for his. {my bold}

    One of my classics was to suggest that “you can always tell the rented house on the street”, made towards the end of a very long speech to the Housing Industry Association in 1992. The line, originally written by my then press secretary, Tony Abbott, was moved in and out of the speech by various advisers before being finally reinstated and was only noticed by one journalist at the time. But that was enough. The media bushfire was ignited. I was very soon flat out back-pedalling.
    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/tonedeaf-treasurer-joe-hockey-the-budgets-worst-enemy-20140814-1042pt.html

  2. muspiemp

    as Developers are buying Politicians

    And, Hell, they come cheap. Seriously considering the purchase of 4 myself.

  3. CTar,

    Were I to be a whore, I would make sure my price was so high that only the utmost deserving (i.e., the ultra-rich, who would of course shower moi with diamonds afterwards) could afford me.

  4. gigi – From a fair way back, I’m deficit in not saying fank you for –

    “Sankyou for your information”.

  5. fiona

    who would of course shower moi with diamonds afterwards

    The going price is a lot cheaper than that.

    Rhinestones more likely than Diamonds.

    Even I can afford some Lib politicians (totally disregarding the mad assertion by Bw when we were at Duckys place that I ‘must be rich’. That I thought was really ‘rich’) – and it’s definitely a ‘buyers’ market now.

  6. pol anim

    Bought one of these this today

    New?

    If so you’re a succor.

    I could have done a ‘discount deal’ on a ‘genuine’ one that was last plugged in 15 years ago.

  7. … a small quotient of ‘whatever’ included …

    If my earlier comment suggested that, I apologise – no ‘whatever’ is included.

  8. Fiona – For no good reason I’m feeling ‘mellow’ at the moment. So ‘whatever’ is my response to almost anything.

  9. pol an

    [used prices about same as new!]

    Way to go. Spoiling any possible fun I may have had with this.

    Bloody grump.

  10. pol an

    No worries. Feeling ‘mellow’ also means I take no offense.

    So, ‘Arise, Sir Pol An’.

    (I’ve been to a real ‘dubbing’ at Buck Palace 😆 .

    Gus O’Donnell and I very pissed on arrival – him because he was nervous and me because I was wondering why am I wasting half a day doing this. To top it off Gus and I had an argument about the ‘suitability of the green tie I had on.

    To put it mildly ‘strange situations’ and the very unusual happen every day).

  11. Ptmd

    ‘How the future will look’???

    Better title –

    “How fucking deluded were they”.

    (And us now, I guess).

  12. Alan Moir has a look at how Tone’s coping with his budget

    Andrew Dyson and on what’s on Clive’s menu

    Cathy Wilcox on Maurice Newman

    John Shakespeare on HoJo and cars

    Ron Tandberg on how the poor look for jobs

    David Rowe on HoJo and cars, and other stuff. As usual there is a lot of devil in the detail

  13. David Pope has a beauty in the dead tree version about what Tony Abbott is dropping on Mount Sinjar. Not on the web yet.

  14. “How fucking deluded were they”.

    (And us now, I guess).

    Flying cars, anyone? (The favourite go-to of deluded futurists/journalists.)

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers.

    It’s “hit Joe Hockey day”.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/liberals-attack-joe-hockey-20140814-3dpoj.html
    John Hewson – the budget’s biggest problem is Joe Hockey.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/liberals-attack-joe-hockey-20140814-3dpoj.html
    That comment about petrol prices and poor people opened up huge opportunities for journalism such as this.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/joe-hockey-row-no-money-for-food-but-frankston-familys-car-is-a-lifeline-20140814-10464f.html?rand=1408047937584
    Even Peter Reith has a crack!
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/joe-hockeys-slip-hurts-him-as-well-as-the-poor-20140814-1043tj.html
    Time for a ministerial reshuffle?
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/time-for-tony-abbott-to-reshuffle-the-ministerial-deck-20140814-103v2o.html?rand=1408047913379
    Laura Tingle examines the government’s woes.
    http://www.afr.com/p/opinion/government_that_fails_to_marshal_zsoVEKXLzNAhsZIkfUU6II
    Lenore Taylor on dumb ways to sell a budget.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/14/dumb-ways-to-sell-a-budget-a-singalong-guide-for-joe-hockey
    Hockey just doesn’t understand the economy says Ben Eltham.
    https://newmatilda.com/2014/08/14/its-economy-and-its-effect-poor-stupid
    The last days of Joe Hockey.
    http://www.ellistabletalk.com/2014/08/15/the-last-days-of-joe-hockey/
    Wixxyleaks also examines the Liberal’s ideology.
    http://wixxyleaks.com/all-in-the-family-the-liberal-party-ideology-driving-us-all-backwards-in-cars-we-cant-afford/

  16. Section 3 . . .

    And it’s Liberal MP number 9 to move to the cross bench departure lounge.
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/aug/14/mp-garry-edwards-stands-down-as-icac-claims-ninth-liberal-party-scalp
    The three worst things the Liberals did yesterday.
    http://www.ellistabletalk.com/2014/08/14/the-three-worst-things-the-liberals-did-yesterday-29/
    Who’d want to work with this mob?
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/public-service/bureaucrats-forced-to-work-weekends-to-finalise-joe-hockeys-budget-20140814-103kgu.html
    You can safely bet the government will be considering this very much. They’d love it.
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/childcare-experts-react-angrily-to-productivity-commission-proposals-20140814-1042cv.html
    Don’t touch the RET!
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/14/dismantling-australian-climate-policy-a-case-study-in-disagreement
    How bloody precious!
    http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/aug/14/mike-carltons-column-and-smh-cartoon-sees-racist-complaint-lodged
    The $7 copayment proposal is another one ripe for an idiotic comment from Hockey. But hey – they’ve got Dutton to do that!
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/gp-copayment-and-a-healthier-economy-are-polar-opposites-20140814-103xrj.html
    Now this is an interesting proposal.
    http://www.theage.com.au/comment/tax-inner-suburbs-to-service-the-outer-20140815-103y3d.html
    Is Alan Moir suggesting that Abbott’s in a bit of trouble?

    Great work from Andrew Dyson – fine dining with Clive.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/andrew-dyson-20090819-epqv.html
    Cathy Wiclox takes a well deserved swipe at Maurice Newman.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/cathy-wilcox-20090909-fhd6.html
    Oh my God! Have a look at this one from David Rowe.
    http://www.afr.com/p/national/cartoon_gallery_david_rowe_1g8WHy9urgOIQrWQ0IrkdO
    A simple whack at Hockey by Ron Tandberg.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/ron-tandberg-20090910-fixc.html

  17. ” And, Hell, they come cheap. Seriously considering the purchase of 4 myself.”….gotta agree, CTar’…I sadi to the OH. ; “Christ!…I wouldn’t sell my trade integrity for that pissy amount of money!!”

  18. Jaeger

    Flying cars, anyone?

    No thanks. The one I’ve got now uses enough fuel without the flying bit.

  19. jaycee

    Four senior Cabinet ministers for the price of a small Bunning’s Warrington hammer?

    The hammer for me every time.

  20. Four senior Cabinet ministers for the price of a small Bunning’s Warrington hammer?

    The hammer for me every time.

    Cross-pane, no doubt?…yes, real penny-ante stuff….mind you , with the tight-arse we got for a pm., the entire party could probably be bought for a pallet of mars bars and a couple dozen cokes!

  21. Janice,

    Perhaps Mr Hockey will find the need to spend more time with his lovely lady wife and the kiddiewinks?

  22. Just a random thought –
    Why does Tony Abbott need discount legal advice? Wouldn’t the Liberal Party pay for that? Or the taxpayer, seeing as he is PM? If he has to pay his own way then why doesn’t he pay the going rate? He has a good income, his home is worth a bit over $1 million. He could do what ‘poor’ people have to do when they are involved in legal stoushes, borrow the money or sell up to raise the cash or pull out and forget the whole thing. Why the need to do it on the cheap? Looking for ‘brave little Tony doing it tough’ brownie points? Peta docked his pocket money? Too stingy to pay full price?

  23. Mrs Hockey might prefer the status quo. All those years, she’s managed everything with Joe being away a lot. His full-time return might just add to her burden. It wouldn’t be easy to be around a grumpy, sooky Hockey.

  24. gigi

    Poor Hockey! All that slimming and that delicate stomach surgery didn’t help.

    He might have got it done as a ‘freebie’. ICAC should investigate. 😆

  25. HoJo, I think, has been sooky and grumpy all his life.

    He grew up the spoilt darling, the baby of the family, indulged by his parents, the only child in the family to go to a private secondary school, an expensive one at that, St Aloysius in Sydney. His parents allegedly struggled to scrape up the fees. He was the first in his family to go to university. He learnt from his earliest days that he was ‘special’, entitled, should have whatever he wanted. All his life he has been given whatever he wanted, from that private school to a place in parliament, and he has never had to work for any of it. Now we see the results of that upbringing, that indulgence, that ‘whatever Joe wants he should have’ mindset. We have an oaf of a treasurer, still a spoilt child, who simply cannot bring himself to compromise on his lousy budget. He produced a rotten budget and, like the other members of this government, expected we would all roll over and cop it. Three months after budget day and the key aspects are still stuck, not just stuck in the senate either. Some of the enabling legislation has not even gone to the reps yet. Programs and cuts that were supposed to take effect on 1 July are still awaiting that legislation. This treasurer, like this government, is incompetent and lazy.

  26. This started my day with a good laugh – a kid at the local posh school has been dealing hash cookies and the police have been called in. What a hoot. Not only a very expensive private school but an Anglican one as well, with church dignitaries on the school board. The local wannabees adore this school and flock to it. So much better, don’tcha know, than sending the kiddywinks to a (shudder) public school where they might mix with (shudder) poor kids and drug addicts. You pay an arm and several legs to send a kid there and for the money your kid will get a very so-so education with a bonus sense of entitlement.

    Maybe the school will have to add cooking and hydroponic gardening to the curriculum. Interesting question – the kid/kids doing the dealing must have a supplier. Is it one of the parents? Oh the horror!
    http://www.portnews.com.au/story/2488527/scas-drugs-shock-police-investigate/?cs=256

  27. leonetwo

    Describes Tony “The Golden Child” Abbott to a T as well.

    He learnt from his earliest days that he was ‘special’, entitled, should have whatever he wanted. All his life he has been given whatever he wanted All his life he has been given whatever he wanted, from that private school to a place in parliament

  28. kk – Yep. Nice

    I’m sure jaycee and I could knock into good order in a couple of weeks and then make a financial killing on the way out.

  29. gigi

    It has some drawbacks. 50 minutes in a speedboat to get to the City, I ask you. Like who’s going to do that.

  30. CTar1

    …..50 minutes in a speedboat to get to the City, I ask you. Like who’s going to do that.

    Well certainly not someone who got used to taking an elevator to get there !! 🙂

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