The International Institute for the Incredibly Incompetent (known as Four-Eyes to us observers from the outside) must have had the ALP amongst its charter members. It is for this reason almost always a depressing experience to pick up The Australian of a morning but to start off the week as I did today with three such bizarre examples of our government in action just makes it harder to face the day. First there was the main headline story:
ALP seeks tighter China ties
Carr Plan would put Beijing on similar standing to Washington
And then to add to the carnage, there was this which was the lead story:
We didn’t want carbon tax: AWU
Well who did but you got it anyway along with the rest of us. But the headline that may be the pick of the bunch, even though placed off to the side, read as follows:
And it really was about government ministers genuinely intending to direct the media, and not in our interests either but in theirs! I suppose we take it somewhat in our stride because we are used to the Government always choosing to do the wrong thing. But still, this is a bit out of the ordinary although a long time coming. Here is the para that counts:
Communications Minister Stephen Conroy and Wayne Swan are leading a push for a stronger suite of reforms to curb the influence of media organisations, particularly newspapers, according to senior government sources.
At least if this legislation goes through I won’t have to worry about ruining my mornings reading headlines focusing on government incompetence ever again. The incompetence will still be there of course, just not the reporting.