Kevin Rudd continues his $10 billion lie, saying the following words extremely stridently in his press conference
The fraud being committed here is a failure to come up front and direct with the Australian people about where these costings and cuts ultimately lie.
At 5:00pm on 23 November 2007, the day before the election, the Rudd Opposition released its Independent Costings Review Panel Report on Labor Spending. At the same time the Rudd Opposition released its final costings.
Rudd is not only a liar and cheat but a gross hypocrite.
In response to some questions about some Latin expressions I have been quoting. The Romans knew how to change governments and their expressions continue to have resonance today.
Ceterum autem censeo Calvin Scardinius esse delendam.
Cato the Elder ended each of his speeches with the statement such as Ceterum autem censeo Carthaginem esse delendam (moreover I consider that Carthage must be destroyed). In Richard Miles’ excellent book Carthage Must Be Destroyed, he states
On his return to Rome, Cato set to work lobbying his fellow senators [to destroy Carthage]. Although the famous aphorism ‘delanda est Carthago’ is a later invention, he would nevertheless end all speeches in the Senate with the uncompromising statement that Carthage indeed had to be destroyed. His primary argument was that Carthage not only was restoring itself to its former strength, but had also learned from and corrected the errors of the past (p. 336).
Calvin Scardinius is my invention. Calvin is a close Latin form of Kevin. Scardinius is the genus of a number of species of fish called rudds.
Since Calvin is masculine, this should be “Ceterum autem censeo Kevinum [or Coemgenum] Scardinium delendum esse.”
The Latin form of Kevin* is either Kevinus or Coemgenus
Calvinus, however, as well as being a Roman nomen, is a Latinised form of the unrelated names Kelvin† and Chauvin‡
* derived from the Gaelic for “gentle birth”.
† derived from the Gaelic for “narrow water”.
‡ derived from chauve, French for “bald”; calvus is Latin for “bald”.
I think Deadman is right, so will adjust the quote accordingly. It is apt to finish each post with this quote until the election.
Ceterum autem censeo Kevinum Scardinium delendum esse.
Then we have
Quo usque tandem abutere, Rudd, patientia nostra?
Perhaps this should have included Scardinius rather than Rudd? But in Cicero’s speech In Catilinam I (the first speech ‘Against Cataline’) he starts with that opening sentence asking Cataline how long he would abuse the patience of the Senate. Cataline quit Rome that very day and was killed in an attempted rebellion. Cicero shouted one word to the crowd: vixere (there have lived, or they’re dead). As Mary Beard (professor of classics at Cambridge) has noted it is ironic that this phrase was originally a threat by the spokesman of the established order (Cicero was Consul at the time) against a dissident but is now universally deployed the other way around – dissidents attacking the established order.
One final Latin phrase that might apply to Kevin Rudd. Tacitus wrote of Galba (the short-term Emperor who replaced Nero in the year of the 4 Emperors (AD 69).
Omnium consensu capax imperii, nisi imperasset (by universal consent capable of being emperor, had he not been one).