Tony Abbott – God Help Us

Well I did mention in a previous post that I would write more about The “Honourable” Tony Abbott, MP, Member for Warringah, Leader of the Liberal Party and Prime Minister of Australia. I do try to keep to my commitments despite having a baby girl that manages to devour my free time like a black hole sucks passing stars into its abyss.

This is actually quite a difficult post to write, not because I don’t have views on the man, but rather that I need to slow down and order my thoughts when I prefer to write in a stream of consciousness sort of way. To make things easier, I will use the man’s words himself as conversational hat hooks to hang my blog on. I think that’s fair enough too as I try to judge people on what they say and do rather than their political views, sexuality, economic circumstances, colour of their skin or anything else that does not make any sense.

So let’s kick it off, shall we?

“The problem with the Australian practice of abortion is that an objectively grave matter has been reduced to a question of the mother’s convenience.”

I actually agree with this statement. Abortion is a grave matter, probably the most difficult decision as woman can face. But is it convenient to make that decision? No Mr Abbott, it is not. For you to label it so is arrogant. Should the process of abortion be easy once that decision is made? Of course it should. But that is something completely different. My religious views, although different from yours, also outlaw killing but because they do not get into specifics about embryos and also because I am not a woman, I refrain from telling them what they can do with their own bodies.

“I believe that there is a vast moral gulf which separates modern Australia from Nazi Germany. But can we be so sure that, under pressure over time, we will not slide down the same slippery slope. We only have to look at the abort situation in this country.”

Just what are you saying here? Mothers who choose abortion are the equivalent of Hitler’s Gestapo? SS? Brown shirts? Or are they the equivalent of the operators at the gas chambers? You, sir, are a fool!!

“We just can’t stop people from being homeless if that’s their choice.”

No one chooses to be homeless but let’s not get bogged down in details, right. This dog whistle politics plays well to your base. People become homeless because your corporate mates sack 1,000 people to increase their share value of their bonuses. People become homeless because they cannot remain living in a situation where they are being abused, or they are addicted to drugs and have made bad choices and need help to get on the right track.

“What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price and their own power bills when they switch the iron on are going to go up.”

Nothing much to say about this except you are a sexist, ignorant dinosaur living in the 1950’s within your mind.

“It would be folly to expect that women would ever approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, their abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons.”

I need to slow down. My forehead is getting sore from slapping it all the time. Don’t worry ladies, it’s not the glass ceiling you need to worry about, it’s your aptitude, your abilities, your interests and your funny physiology ‘down there’.

Even when the women show the aptitude, abilities and interests, like your female parliamentary colleagues, only one woman out of 18 is found suitable?

“I know politicians are going to be judged on everything they say but sometimes, in the heat of discussion, you go a little bit further than you would if it was an absolutely calm, considered, prepared scripted remark. Which is why the statements that need to be taken absolutely as gospel truth are those carefully prepared scripted remarks.”

So basically, don’t believe what I say, only what I write? That’s actually a good one. It means you have a get out of jail free card for all the stupid things you say. Based on empirical evidence, this is a very useful caveat for you.

“The climate change argument is absolute crap.”

Hhhmmm, there is a whole blog entry I am planning to write about this comment of yours, but suffice to say, you needed more time in chemistry and less time with your head up your arse.

“The ABC takes everyone’s side but Australia’s” and “You would like the national broadcaster to have … at least some basic affection for the home team.”

The ABC, as the national broadcaster, is legislatively required to broadcast impartial news and has an editorial fairness policy that would boggle your mind. They stand in diametric contrast to your friends in the Murdoch press who do not. Also, as a former journalist, do you think a journalist should be impartial or should he or she unbalance their story in support of some home team? Please, your thoughts? If you are looking for a broadcaster that supports the home team, can I draw your attention to a Mr Joseph Goebbels however please pay particular attention to YOUR comments regarding Nazi Germany I have referenced above.

I could go on and on, but frankly, you’ve given me a headache. You are a bumbling idiot, a bully and an embarrassment to the tradition of the Jesuit school system.  I hope your term as our “leader” is a short one.

Bullshit radar going off

It’s been said that I have a somewhat cynical and suspicious nature and my bullshit radar tends to go off more often than not when I see celebrities doing good deeds and the like. Sure, a celebrity can act altruistically every now and then just like the rest of us but then the rest of us don’t have a PR person whispering in our ear about needing to fix our image.

If you had just been called out by a someone for working with her father who she alleges sexually assaulted her as a child, would you make sure that you were seen delivering children’s toys to the apartment of a friend who had just died? Are children’s toys an appropriate thing to deliver at that time?

Delivering toys to children whose father had just died? No problem with that. A bit weird when what they probably want is a hug and their father back, but still within the realms of possibility.

Going in the front door through the media pack instead of perhaps calling ahead and going through the carpark, or perhaps even calling and saying “hey, I am so sorry. This is terrible. I would like to do something for you and the kids but I respect your privacy so please tell me what you think is best”? Hhmm, it just looks a bit weird again.

Getting asked why you are working with a guy who has been accused of sexual assault (not found guilty) because he is a great artist? Not my call:- we each have our own standards.

Wrap all these things up and it smells like a PR person working overtime to fix an image problem just before the Academy Awards. Or it could be completely innocent, and just looks dodgy.