Cranky Friday

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The polls were tight but all the pundits and betting agencies were so sure the punters would do as they were told and vote to Stay.


Remeber back to the Qld Election. All the pundits said the LNP would be returned Easily?


Wrong. Labor won a tight contest . Silly Punters said the media.

Now one week to go till our Federal election and most of the polls have labor just ahead or at worst 50/50 we are still being told the punters will fall into line and Saint Malcom will win .How stupid are they.How do they know just by talking amongst themselves. The  “talk in the pub” is a common term I hear some right wing Broadcasters use.


How would they know? They wouldn’t have been in a working class pub in years. Unless to visit the toilets  maybe.


One week to go and nothing is settled .I am not saying labor will win, nor am I saying they will lose, but with things so tight it amazes me that these so called experts pitch out such confident predictions. I look forward to some humble pie eating if Labor do win but I guess the chances of that happening are the same as Syd winning a dog show .

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Not impossible but highly unlikley.

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One week to go



189 thoughts on “Cranky Friday

  1. Bugger the guillotine, too quick. Their greatest punishment would be to made to live on the dole and deal with Centrelink for the rest of their lives.

  2. I did not see the Sales interview of Turnbull on 7.30 tonight but i understand she gave the most hard-hitting, incisive, aggressive foot-rub he has ever had.

    • Sure did Had him shaking in his seat. The smile never left PM’s face. Such a great mutual adoration society I haven’t seen in years,

  3. My cousin aged about 72, who has boasted for the best part of 50 years that he has never voted for ALP and never will has just confided in me that he has some tumours in his bowel and needs a lot of hospital treatment. He is going to vote ALP this time because he is worried about medical and hospital bills.
    He is a strange bloke, hates spending his money on anything, especially himself, but is a generous donor to charity.

    • i am so sorry this has happened to your cousin. i hope his tumours turn out to be non-worrisome ones and he recovers quickly.

    • Me too.

      Sometimes it’s worse to have a dear one ill than being ill yourself.

  4. From over the road but as a Boomer I agree. The children of full employment, affordable housing and free varsity ‘edumacation’ were indecently keen to deny that to the next generation.

    Sarah Savage ‏@Lady_Muck666
    Woke up with the feeling that Ive been royally screwed up the jacksy by the baby boomer generation one last time before they die off #Brexit”

  5. in defense of the babty boomers

    It is the undoing of the benefits of the Baby Boomer generation that is causing all the problems. As a late baby boomer I am completely dismayed that the younger ‘get rich have it all asap generations’ failed to protect the social structures we fought so hard to put in place. Try getting your hands of your zimmer frames (the conservative generation before us) and out of your iPod screens.(the me me me generations after us), and fight for the social wage we demanded and fought for and won.

  6. I am a bit ambivalent about my cousin. Of course I am sad to hear of him being ill, possibly seriously so, and I do like him and have done so since I was a kid and he was like a big brother. But. For over 50 years he has been more than an enthusiastic voter for the LNP, and often a vocal critic of what he used to refer to as ‘socialised medicine’. Thus he was more than happy to deny the benefits he has suddenly decided are so important to him to others who may even have been in a much needier situation than he finds himself in. He is a good man, a generous man to all, a great worker within his community and a good man to his family, but politically he was a ruthless savage.
    Maybe I will feel different about this in a week or so when it has all sunk in, but my personal philosophy has always been “live by the sword, die by the sword”, and I am a little disappointed he has gone to water on beliefs he held so strongly for so long. It is a hard night.

  7. TLBD. The other day I had to string a clothesline in our carport in an attempt to dry some washing on a cold and wet day. When I came home later that evening there was an owl sitting on one of my shirts, resting and observing. It was surprisingly fearless.

    • Not sure, mate. I don’t know my owls very well at all. Not a Boobook which are common around here, smallish regular looking brownish owl.

  8. Good morning Dawn Patrollers this first post-Brexit day.

    Never mind Shorten and the CFMEU what about this shady mob’s influence over Turnbull!
    Hartcher does the Liberals’ bidding here about Shorten’s union ties.
    Now for the difficult bit Boris.
    David Wroe looks at the different types of fallout from Brexit.
    Michael Pascoe really lets fly at the UK and the xenophobic impulses that led to the vote.–its-the-world-that-counts-20160624-gprgy2.html
    The political earthquakes that will hit the EU after the Brexit vote.
    The SMH editorial on the Brexit vote and how it highlighted disunity everywhere.
    Paul Bongiorno as usual writes a good piece on the travails of Turnbull.
    Paul Kelly on the potential dire consequences of Brexit. Google.
    Adele Ferguson thinks that Labor this week will pull the bank baiting ace out of its sleeve.
    Lenore Taylor questions Turnbull’s ability to offer stability with his government.

  9. Section 2 . . .

    Ross Gittins wants a grown-up debate on where we are headed economically. Don’t hold your breath Ross!
    The racism that underlines our inaction on climate change.
    Currency traders shut up shop on the UK Pound yesterday o[setting a lot of people.
    How the Internet of Things (IoT) has been changing the world. Google.
    Peter FitzSimons on the Footy Show dinosaurs and their ilk.–sam-newman-pours-petrol-on-eddie-mcguires-fire-20160624-gpqwhr.html
    Mike Seccombe tells us how the establishment of the Parliamentary Budget Office has been an outstanding success.
    Catholic schools go political again and send letters home urging parent to not vote for The Greens.
    Keenan’s outrageous betrayal of his role in dissing Anne Aly.
    Karen Middleton says that political parties are finding donors harder to come by.
    More shocking stuff from the Royal Commission and the ADF.
    Is it possible that there will be criminal charges resulting from the operation of detention centres?
    Peter Martin writes about the Scope BusinessDay

  10. Section 3 . . .

    Peter Martin writes about the Scope BusinessDay economic outlook being quite a bit less positive than that in the budget.
    The New Matilda wonders why the Murdoch press is so keen to hammer Islamic clerics over their stands on homosexuality yet ignore the same hateful stuff from rabbis.
    The tales of three deaths illuminate Victoria’s inquiry into end of life choices.
    Cameron’s teflon cockiness has worn off.
    And now Woolworths cops it from the Fair Work Ombudsman over its rampant exploitation of trolley workers.
    Jacqui Maley on the cynicism and stupidity of the SSM plebiscite.
    Trump’s political suicide mission.

  11. Section 4 . . . Cartoon Corner

    Ron Tandberg – don’t mention the banks!

    Mark Knight catches Boris pulling up the drawbridge.
    David Rowe and the UK swimming pool.

    And David Rowe drops in on Eddie McGuire and his mates on a typical Saturday.

    Bill Leak’s head injury is still giving him some problems.
    Ron Tandberg and the right wing rump of the government.

  12. lizzie over the road posted this eerily familiar description of ‘Dave’

    Remember as the pound plunges and the markets slide that this entire referendum was called by David Cameron to fend off Nigel Farage and his own Tory ultras. There was no public outcry for a ballot – but for the sake of a bit of internal party management, he called one anyway. He gambled Britain and Europe’s future to shore up his own position. With all the confidence of a member of the Etonian officer class, he thought he’d win. Instead he has bungled so badly that the fallout will drag on for years, disrupting tens of millions of lives across Europe.”

    “All this from a man who sauntered into the job of prime minister “because I thought I’d be good at it”. He rarely showed any reason for such self-confidence. His plans to modernise the Conservative party crumbled upon first touch with the banking crisis, which forced him and Osborne to reheat the Thatcherite economics they’d imbibed as students. The “big society” turned almost immediately back into the “small state”. At No 10, he launched an austerity drive that was meant to be over within five years, but is now scheduled to go on for double that. Other prime ministers handed power for a long stretch come up with ideas, policies, a style of governing that defines them: Thatcherism, Blairism. What was Cameronism, apart from a hectoring manner at PMQs and an inability to keep on top of detail?”

    “You’ll be reminded endlessly over the next few days how tight this referendum was – that half the country didn’t vote for this. Quite right – and also serious evidence of the weakness of the prime minister. At the last referendum over Britain’s future in Europe, in 1975, Harold Wilson secured a whopping majority. Never a man to ask a question of whose answer he wasn’t absolutely certain, he got a landslide. But when Cameron was handed the full resources of the British state to run this campaign, he still couldn’t count on anything more than a small lead in the polls. A born member of the governing class, he simply wasn’t able to govern.”

  13. Spenser, tick. Long johns, tick, heavy coat, tick, knee high ugg boots, tick. We’re almost ready to go to the footy and it’s only 2 minutes away from our fire. Won’t be staying for all the Seniors game.

  14. Yet another Liberal scandal and AFP referral for the MSM to ignore.

    Labor refers Gambaro, Evans to Australian Federal Police

    The Labor Party has referred outgoing Liberal National MP Teresa Gambaro to the Australian Federal Police, just eight days out from the federal election, over revelations about the selection of her electorate office.
    Labor has also attempted to implicate the LNP’s candidate for the seat of Brisbane, Trevor Evans, in its AFP referral by suggesting he had used Ms Gambaro’s electorate office for electioneering.
    Federal opposition employment and workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor wrote to AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin on Friday, following Fairfax Media’s reports on Ms Gambaro’s office selection

  15. I hate to say this, but young Zac is never going to find work. He might be able to overcome his lack of education, but he’s never going to get rid of that rude, ignorant, arrogant attitude. Would you employ him? I wouldn’t.

    Can we just admit that we have a number of people of all ages, not just ‘youth’ who are unemployable, and no amount of government funding or election campaign ‘plans’ is going to change that.

    There is a solution though. This is where giving everyone a guaranteed minimum wage, a basic income payment, call it whatever you like, comes into play. Instead of wasting millions of dollars and countless work hours on programs to ‘help’ losers like Zac find work, which will all fail, just give everyone a minimum wage payment, and spend all that time and money on more worthwhile causes.

  16. The Regrexit shows just what can happen when the right wing of conservative parties get together with the right wing of the media.
    Monkey Pod and News Ltd perhaps?

  17. Government Refuses To Release Secret Modelling On Uni Deregulation

    The Department of Education has refused to provide access to modelling the department has done on the impact of fee deregulation on university students and the higher education sector.
    The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) submitted a freedom of information request, asking the department for question time briefs, spreadsheets of potential fees by course, an assessment of the impact of deregulation on regional higher education and modelling relating to graduates in 2019.
    The request was knocked back.
    NTEU national president Jeannie Rea told BuzzFeed News: “Is it because the Turnbull government doesn’t want voters to know that their own numbers confirm fee deregulation will lead to $100,000 degrees? Or is it because full deregulation isn’t really off the table at all?”

  18. When is Labor going to release those costings? Will Shorten take advantage of tomorrow’s Queensland launch and do it then? Time is running out.

    • Time is running out.

      Did I miss the LNP launch already?

      “I know what your thinking. Has it been seven weeks, or only six? Well to tell you the truth, in all this ‘excitement’ I’ve forgotten myself. So you have to ask yourself one question: do you feel lucky? Well do you, punk?”

  19. Basically we stormed out of the party, because the undemocratic DJ wasn’t taking requests and we got paranoid that some of the guests, who don’t speak English you know, were coming over to our sofa and stealing our booze and there were more coming. Best to try and find another party ourselves. Somewhere.

    Some here in Paris reacted to the result of the referendum with a shake of the head and a typical Gallic shrug. “Well you weren’t really part of Europe anyway were you?”.

  20. “Did I miss the LNP launch already?”

    Nope. It’s tomorrow. Fizza is doing it somewhere in Craig Laundy’s electorate of Reid, which is extremely marginal. The redistribution made it more Liberal-friendly and Fizza will be desperate to hang on to it. With any luck Craig will be unemployed on 3 July.

    Turnbull has been to the western suburbs of Sydney more times in the past few weeks than in his whole life, I think. He will be relieved when the campaign finishes. No more slumming it out west and no more need to pretend to like using public transport.

    It’s worth mentioning that Fizza has lived his whole life in a tight little area in the eastern suburbs except for the time he spent at Oxford on that damned Rhodes scholarship. Even when he was at uni he had a flat close to his father’s Point Piper home. What an unadventurous type he must be. We sometimes accuse people who have lived all their lives in the one little country town of being insular or isolated, but Fizza has lived his whole life in a very small part of Sydney. Smaller than a lot of those country towns, when you think about it.

  21. That does it. I’m almost convinced that recreational fishermen have fish-scales for brains!
    Not really, but I’ve just spent 15 minutes being shouted at because the ALP are apparently in cahoots with the Greens to encircle the whole country in marine parks and fishing exclusion zones that will not only prevent commercial, but recreational fishing as well. Nothing at all like the policies I’ve been reading from the ALP, but what do I know? I’ve just been reading and talking about ALP policies with folk for a few weeks now *sighs*

    The reason being that a 2013 hysteria piece from The Australian that was put out on in the last couple of days and now has the rec.fishers in hysterics about being prevented from enjoying their favourite pastime. Not even pointing to the policies that the ALP have made available seems to be getting through.

    I’m starting to suspect that this could be the start of the ‘dirty war’ that we have been expecting as the polls shift ever-so-slightly towards the ALP…

    ‘Scuse the rant. I love my fisherman mate, but there are times when I start to wonder just which of us is supposed to be the hysteric *sighs some more*

  22. worth a read

  23. A variety of views on Brexit

    It will take an age to recover from this victory for the exit fantasists The Times is normally paywalled, but not this

    Brexit: New Labour should have listened to ‘racist’ immigration concerns years ago

    Brexit earthquake has happened, and the rubble will take years to clear

    David Cameron is finished. His failure over Europe will define his place in history

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