The Scion, the Wheat, and the Cabinet – Afterword

So, you thought you’d read the last of Malcolm B Duncan’s “The Scion, the Wheat, and the Cabinet”? Think again, my poppets!

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The Chronicles of Nadir

As told from the grave by Tom Lewis

Tale the First

The Scion, the Wheat, and the Cabinet


The battle had been fought. Sir Alfred Deakin looked down on the carnage. It had come to this: Amanda had escaped and now ruled in Rome on a diet of pasta and Chianti. Peter had decided to take his balls and go home or go home to a ball or Tanya or something. Alexander was bored (well he’d been bored a number of times, actually, but Oxford was like that). Little Lucy was looking forward to the move to Kirribilli House but she didn’t know how long the children would have to spend in storage before they got there and she wasn’t completely certain they should go to Shore anyway. St. Ignatius was more her style and she had no objection to Loreto for the girls.

But the carnage was truly terrible. Severed limbs, red everywhere (particularly under beds), even on the head of Jules of the Galliard and Ruddy was the colour of the day. The Lady Jadis was packing and the Dwarf – well, the Dwarf was so depressed he just couldn’t stop powerwalking – round and round the harbour he went, closely followed by a soon-to-be unemployed Corder, who now regretted signing the AWA. Still, he thought to himself, with the super, if he had his choice, he wouldn’t work.

A long line of former Senators and Members of the House of Representatives queued outside Centrelink in a line over a kilometre long (what with their STAFFERS and a few cats trying desperately to avoid Little Lucy’s husband). The Cabinet Secretary was close to suicide, and a pall of smoke rose from Menzies House. Those of the Party who were left Pyned for the old days.

Was this the end of an era, the end of an Empire, the end of the Land of Nadir?

Sir Alfred thought not. There would always be a Nadir – it just depended who was the incumbent. After all, there had been a Nadir in the time of Keating. Sir Alfred didn’t like Jules of the Galliard; in fact, he hated everything she stood for and he could not stomach Prince Crispian so he was terribly frightened for the future of the land he had adopted as his own and ruled for a time. Yet he would wait with trepidation and see what that future held. Could that future see Prince Crispian lay charges over – wheat?

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623 thoughts on “The Scion, the Wheat, and the Cabinet – Afterword

  1. The crap the MSM feed us –
    “Barnaby Joyce would banish dull moments”

    So that’s what it takes to be leader – not being ‘dull’. Parliament is there to entertain us, we are supposed to choose politicians on the basis of how funny they will be, how many laughs they will give us, how well they will handle jokey-blokey interviews on Sunrise. No wonder we ended up with the Clown Prince as PM. No wonder Twitter is full of whinges about Shorten not being ‘exciting’ or ‘an attack dog’.

    No, Bananaby would not be dull. he would just be excruciatingly embarrassing. I hope Wazza Truss manages to hang on until this mob is thrown out of government.

    The only thing worse than Bananaby becoming leader of the Nats would be Luke Hartsuyker getting the job. A sock puppet would be a better choice than Pruneface.

  2. leonetwo

    I was very surprised to see prune face pop up in QT the other day. after all his months as a noddy in oppo he seemed to have dropped right off the radar.

  3. Budget goes backwards by at least $80 billion since Coalition elected

    The realisation that the budget is going backwards has increased despair within the Coalition. MPs are angry that the government’s political fortunes were eviscerated by the 2014 budget for no great policy achievement.

    The decision to go easy in this year’s budget is driven by not wanting to exacerbate the considerable political damage caused by Mr Abbott’s broken promises and the perceived unfairness of last year’s budget.

    This has presented new problems for Mr Abbott, with the economic dries in his party uneasy at what is seen to be a retreat. Last week leadership rival Malcolm Turnbull warned in a pointed speech that governments that failed on economic reform were usually thrown out office.

    Mr Turnbull spruiked himself as somebody who has the ability to persuade the public of the need for tough measures

  4. Lord of the Fridge

    Pynes “I fixed it. I fixed it” was spoken like a 3 to 4 year old who is ever so pleased with himself. That it came from a cabinet minster is !!!!!!!!!

  5. kk
    Pruneface has become the invisible politican. Not that he was all that visible in opposition. He is Assistant Minister for Employment, which means he sits on the front bench – right up the end, in front of the advisers box, but the cameras never get to him. He never gets asked a dixer, probably because the government doesn’t want its employment failure discussed. If there’s a big swing against the government next election he may well lose his seat, he has come close to that before.

  6. “For several years we have been raising awareness around the impact of privatisation of public health services and the likely consequences if governments continue to hand these services over to non-government and for-profit organisations,” Mr Holmes said.

    “After just one term in office, the Liberal-Nationals have begun privatising sub-acute and rehabilitation mental health services, privatised new palliative care services, while disability and home care services will all be privatised by 2018 – there’s no sugar-coating the facts, this is happening already.”

  7. I’m sure Abbott carries those folders under his arm so as to shift his body’s centre of gravity and defuse somewhat that simian swagger!

  8. That photo of Mr Abbott makes him look not only somewhat simian from his tendency to move as if he were ‘top gorilla’, but the way he slumps … that makes me think he actually knows he is a failure and the aggressive macho swagger is to hide it from everyone, especially himself.

    But what do I know, I’m just a future-oriented leftie voter with no money to bring to the table (or is that a little cynical for so early in the morning?)

  9. A statement released by his office confirmed Mr Fraser died peacefully earlier today.

    “It is with deep sadness that we inform you that after a brief illness John Malcolm Fraser died peacefully in the early hours of the morning of 20 March 2015,” the statement said.

    “We appreciate that this will be a shock to all who knew and loved him, but ask that the family be left in peace at this difficult time.”

  10. Appalled by stuff going on in Tunisia. There has always been a difference between the cosmopolitan coastal north and the rest but this is a serious threat.

    They’ve been long considered as the north African country that is considered part of the “West”.

    I hope the govt goes hard.

  11. Jaycee,

    Mr Fraser resigned in December, soon after Malcolm Turnbull was dumped as federal opposition leader over his support for emissions trading, The Australian Financial Review reported today.

    He allegedly told friends Mr Turnbull’s replacement, Tony Abbott, was “all over the place” on policy and Mr Fraser disliked the racist overtones adopted by the party in the debate on immigration.

    Mr Fraser, the prime minister from 1975 to 1983, confirmed his decision to quit yesterday, saying the party was no longer a liberal party but a conservative party.

    Just to clarify, that was December 2009. Mr Fraser has been vocal right up until the last few days about the party’s drunken lurch to the far right under abbott and his merry men.

  12. Puffy,

    Malcolm Fraser is proof that even someone who has engaged in appalling behaviour is capable of redemption.

  13. I’ll let you into a little secret. I have just found a way in behind the Financial Review firewall.

  14. Malcolm Fraser was a counter-example of the cliche that as one grows older one grows more conservative. There must be many like me that in the days of the mid-sixties hated his guts with a vehemence . Then, as time ticked by and we saw John Kerr become a drunken sot and an object of pitiful scorn, we noticed a move in the other direction in our former derided leader of “their” mob.

    In retrospect the key that showed the change was his attitude to the Vietnam refugees. In the hard, selfish days we now live in there is not a single political figure that is prepared to take the stance he did then. And so the remarkable change continued, decade by decade. The man who once tore down the walls of Convention became the conscience of the Nation.

    The burgeoning friendship with Gough marked what Malcolm had become: an elder statesman that the Nation could appreciate, And now, within five months neither of them, together with the loved Tom Uren, is with us any more. With the exception of Julia Gillard, who is yet a little young to be considered a “light to shine on the Nation” we now have a sorry lot indeed of former prime ministers, ex-leaders of the nation, who, without exception (maybe one exception), do not known the difference between sage advice and self-adoration.

    Vale, Malcolm.

  15. Brian,

    Mr Fraser’s treatment of the boat people was indeed a shining light.

    He wasn’t bad on indigenous matters or the environment either.

  16. Gigilene,

    True. Maybe (fingers crossed) abbott will be “indisposed” and Mr Truss will step in. At least he would be polite.

  17. Brian,

    She most certainly is! As was and is Tamie. Do you remember the evening when she stormed into the ABC’s TV studio and gave the two TDT reporters the rounds of the kitchen live-to-air ?

  18. A little mistake in my diatribe. It was in the mid-seventies of course that we saw the pulling down of the Whitlam Government. In the mid-sixties we were seeing the Menzies-Holt handover; the beginning of the end of a long sleep.

  19. Alan Ramsay wonders whether Fraser died of shame – said he didn’t like Howard when he was part of his government and liked him a hell of a lot less when he was PM.


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