Worse then the Atlantic slave trade

I’m really warming to Bob Carr … it takes a certain person to claim that flying business class is worse than the Atlantic slave trade.  Can you imagine if a conservative politician said this?  (What you say, Carr is a conservative, doesn’t share Labor values, etc.)

We watched him last night and the funniest thing was that he thinks he is funny and ironic. He is not.

But I think the really telling thing in today’s press is that his objection to media regulation was not based on principle but rather the idea that the government should be staying friendly with the press.  That pretty much sums up the man, in my opinion.

Also don’t forget his unforgettable homily: NO FLOUR, MORE POWER.

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77 Responses to Worse then the Atlantic slave trade

  1. H B Bear

    Carr, like KRudd, is an insufferable twat.

    It is a tribute to the desperation and disfunctionality of the ALP that either of this w**kers rose to lead it.

  2. Gab

    Bob Carr, The Civil War Buff and poseur extraordinaire, thought the Dred Scott decision was a fabulous idea. He has a thing for slavery it seems.

  3. Max

    The only think I thought funny was him complaining about losing a quarter of a stone in the job – I mean who complains about losing 3 – 4 KG’s??

  4. Max

    He who is unfit to serve his fellow citizens wants to rule them.
    — Ludwig von Mise

  5. Kaboom

    My grammar is worse then yours…

  6. Token

    I am not surprised the Carr would think it is ok to place the discomfort of the spoiled elite with the suffering of people who suffered in the Altlantic slave trade. The LGBLT community have been allowed to play equivalency games where they place their experiences on the same level as people who live in slavery, so it is not suprised that the debased standard is used by Gore Vidal Lite*

    * Lite is spelled that way on purpose

  7. Andrew

    Some non-zero proportion of the population continues to vote for this mob of criminals, molesters, abortion-junkies, taxocrats, whoremongers and just plain lunatics.

    Boy, that Abbott666 must be a terrible person.

  8. Roger

    He has a point, though – if a Foreign Minister or other high ranking minister is expected to fly to the other side of the world and immediately begin conducting important negotiations upon arrival then better to fly first class and get some sleep at least. Perhaps even better and less expensive to the tax payer would be to schedule a day to recover.

  9. Max

    Perhaps even better and less expensive to the tax payer would be to schedule a day to recover.

    Business class with a Days break in Asia or Dubai is better, Cheaper, and more productive than First Class.

  10. Squirrel

    Aside from these entertaining and revealing insights, the best thing (so far) to have come out of the latest Carr book is last night’s encounter between Mark Leibler and Tony Jones (always fun to see TJ reduced to nervous laughter).

  11. stackja

    Bob Carr is above us mere mortals. Who are we to criticise his Bobness?

  12. Dan

    Roger I am a critical care specialist and the public service if paying for my travel or allowing me to package it only stretches to business at the most. (Rightly). If you can’t cope with a lie flat bed you aren’t fit for the job. Don’t forget diplomats rode carriages for days on end not 150 years ago.

  13. Molly Molloy

    Please Bob Carr’s Twitter account @bobjcarr.

    Ahahahaha.

  14. Ant

    The only thing that surprises me about this tosser is that he hasn’t gone blind yet.

  15. Peter from SA

    poseur extraordinaire

    At a corporate box during a big NRL game Carr sat very publically reading Proust. Dictionary definition of poseur extraordinaire I suggest.

  16. Sir Fred Lenin

    Just a note about another “meeja”favourite,the Sydney Irish muslin indigent mundine mhad several holes punched into him by ” A Real Black Man” .delicious irony.he had better ask that old allah bloke for revenge,.An Irish part aboriginal muslim ? Yeah Right!

  17. Rabz

    flying business class is worse than the Atlantic slave trade

    You know, I was pricing expensive European sports cars the other day and when I realised that I couldn’t afford one, I thought “this is worse than what the Japanese were subjected to at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

    Actually, I didn’t, but there you go. Carr really is one the most useless, narcissistic and pretentious wankers in Australian political history, replete as it is with a very long list of such types.

  18. candy

    I think he’s aiming for a special kind of foreign affairs travelling type humour, perhaps people in that world find it funny?

    Anyway he was premier for 10 years and retired. He must have suited a lot of voters down there for a long period of time, whatever it was he did, they must have liked him.

  19. Ubique

    Only Labor politicians like the weirdo misfits Carr, Rudd, Gillard, Bob Collins, Eddie Obeid, Milton Orkopoulos, to name but a few, can rise to positions of power and authority without the public knowing anything real about them.

  20. Rabz

    Anyway he was premier for 10 years and retired. He must have suited a lot of voters down there for a long period of time, whatever it was he did, they must have liked him.

    More a case of temporary collective insanity, candy. That and the Liberals throwing up a succession of ‘leaders’ even more dunderheaded than the likes of Carr and Morrie Enema. Things were finally put to rights in 2011.

  21. Max

    Anyway he was premier for 10 years and retired. He must have suited a lot of voters down there for a long period of time, whatever it was he did, they must have liked him.

    He was a master at the media and gesture politics and got a free ride of the Olympics.

  22. Anyway he was premier for 10 years and retired. He must have suited a lot of voters down there for a long period of time, whatever it was he did, they must have liked him.

    Anyone with the ability to think spent that 10 years thinking:
    “What the heck do you have to do wrong to actually get voted out in NSW?”

  23. JC

    Was he beaten up at school.?I be the was.

  24. calli

    Was he beaten up at school.?I be the was.

    Nah. I place him as more of an Iago type…get the other kids fighting, stand on the sidelines and clean up by running a dodgy book.

  25. nic

    The man is a pompous fool. I do however find his obsession to have a ‘perfect body’ at his age, slightly unusual. Narcissistic with strange undertones.

  26. David

    his obsession to have a ‘perfect body’

    Hell will freeze over before that happens nic. I thought I was bloody ugly until I looked at the top end of Carr. In motoring terms more a Trabant than a Rolls. The plastic surgeon doesn’t exist that could turn that into something attractive.

  27. I’d have preferred a Foreign Minister who was in the job to serve the country, not for the purposes of gathering material to be used for personal enrichment via a (bland & unfunny) book that kisses & tells on people he met.

  28. johanna

    You know, I was pricing expensive European sports cars the other day and when I realised that I couldn’t afford one, I thought “this is worse than what the Japanese were subjected to at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”

    :)

    Rabz is Foreign Minister material.

  29. rebel with cause

    I was watching breakfast TV this morning and Koshie and the Sunrise gals were saying that Carr, with his flouncing around the world business class, was ‘out of touch with Labor values’. They are wrong on this. Carr is very in-touch with modern Labor values. It’s Labor itself that has lost touch with the values it once stood for.

  30. H B Bear

    Boob Carr has that emaciated look favoured by socialite women over 50 as they desperately try and cling to long faded youth to stop their husbands dumping them for a younger woman. Put him in glasses and yep … it’s Men who Look Like Old Lesbians for him.

  31. Toiling Mass

    Carr is a very studied man.

    He has painstakingly studied all the accoutrements and mannerisms of an intellectually gifted man, and affects these at every opportunity.

    I would think a measure of intellect is the ability to generate a new (and profound) idea. This trite and self-absorbed guff shows he is no intellect.

  32. rebel with cause

    At a corporate box during a big NRL game Carr sat very publically reading Proust.

    The Minister for Ageing Hipsters

  33. Toiling Mass

    I look forward to the review that says:

    “Mr Carr’s book is both interesting and original; unfortunately the original parts are not interesting and the interesting parts are not original.”

  34. Notafan

    Someone hasn’t read Carr’s instructions re overseas schedules, they were published on Michael Smith sites, Julie Bishop doesn’t fly first class and doesn’t demand junior suites at hotels either.
    Carr lost weight, no doubt, when his highly restricted dietary needs couldn’t be accommodated.
    No doubt the walking cadaver is so in control he will never die.

  35. Someone hasn’t read Carr’s instructions re overseas schedules

    Yeah, I was thinking of just those instructions last night, when some dullard scribe on the ABC was letting him get away with the: “hardworking – I sleep on the plane – don’t have time to shower – work my arse off for Australia” bulldust he was sprouting.

  36. manalive

    I was pricing expensive European sports cars the other day and when I realised that I couldn’t afford one …

    Do it Rabz as Peter Brock (and others) once said: ‘Bite off more than you can chew and then chew like crazy’.

  37. Bruce

    The ugly old switch hitter actually claims he lost “a quarter of a stone” i.e 1.58 kg. Oh the suffering!

  38. Hard not to laugh at Labor’s current malaise, especially given the fun that everyone else has had with Malcolm Fraser over the years on the Liberal side.

    Bob Carr, a Fraser for our generation. And yet his Prime Ministerial ambitions were nurtured but a short while ago. This may well be his trousers-off-in-Memphis moment. All dedicated Carr-spotters should also read his Wikipedia entry, which is a must. Its hushed and hagiographic tones point strongly to one author in particular.

  39. Who was it on the Cat who compared him to a dried frog in a jar of pickling fluid? I have never been able to shake that image.

  40. Bruce

    That sounds like something Slipper might have said after he got a knock back.

  41. Senile Old Guy

    Its hushed and hagiographic tones point strongly to one author in particular.

    Gore Vidal?

  42. politichix

    Surely he is meaning to be ironic – I mean no real person could be that much of a fuckwit. Although now that I come to think about it, I say same thing about my brother-in-law.

  43. calli

    Sandwiches are an ‘improper’ meal.

    Who knew?

  44. Rabz

    I mean no real person could be that much of a fuckwit.

    I’m sorry to disappoint you, chix, but the world is full of them. Locally however, a disproportionate number of them do seem to be in the labor pardee (and/or in jail for various activities best left unmentioned).

  45. Menai Pete

    if a Foreign Minister or other high ranking minister is expected to fly to the other side of the world and immediately begin conducting important negotiations upon arrival then better to fly first class and get some sleep at least

    Try being a soldier spending several (noisy, uncomfortable) hours in the back of a C130 and being expected to make life or death decisions when the plane finally touches down.

  46. tomix

    No Flour, More Power

    He got that right. Used to be: Grain = Pain.

  47. Toiling Mass

    Labor does produce astonishingly pompous, pampered, pretentious self-styled aesthetes, who smugly preen themselves on how far they are removed from the rough and grimey origin of their party.

    Look at that fading old relic, Keating. The one famous for calling Howard a dessicated coconut. Which one looks more lively and energetic now? Keating has a head like a melting ball of wax. He doesn’t even dare smile, in case the crack continues right around and the top half of his head falls off.

  48. Alfonso

    Our Bob has a head like a mummified flying fox and a body that says Montgomery Burns……
    and no driving licence. Underconfident or certain he will always be kept in taxpayer funded hire cars?
    Dunno, could be both.

  49. Notafan

    Now I have the Montgomery Burns nude portrait fused with the Carr head, thanks for that.

  50. dragnet

    Does that mean Bob Ellis is Waylon Smithers?

  51. stackja

    Toiling Mass
    #1260200, posted on April 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm
    Labor does produce astonishingly pompous, pampered, pretentious self-styled aesthetes, who smugly preen themselves on how far they are removed from the rough and grimey origin of their party.
    Look at that fading old relic, Keating. The one famous for calling Howard a dessicated coconut. Which one looks more lively and energetic now? Keating has a head like a melting ball of wax. He doesn’t even dare smile, in case the crack continues right around and the top half of his head falls off.

    Howard smile!

  52. CatAttack

    You know when Jonathan Green from the ABC calls you a “Tosser”that you’ve really arrived.

  53. Leo G

    “All dedicated Carr-spotters should also read his Wikipedia entry” – Philippa Martyr

    The wikiographer puts Carr’s footprints all over the Eastern Distributor, the M2 Hills Motorway, the Westlink M7, the Lane Cove Tunnel, and the Cross City Tunnel.
    It was Opposition Bob who did the deal with activist groups to release the land which had been reserved for the preferred surface road connection between the F3 freeway at Normanhurst and the M2 at Macquarie Park, in return for a media blitzkrieg against the NSW government.
    Planning for the future, Carr-style.
    He’s a gem. Really precious. A persisting carrbuncle.

  54. CatAttack

    But I am thankful to Bob for calling out the whole people smuggler scam.

  55. Tiny Dancer

    Bob bans blog regulars for disliking Carr:

    I am banning for a month, for two months or for life a good few respondents who are alleging Bob Carr was a bad Premier but will not name any policies of his that were wrong policies and are joining the general smear that if Obeid and Carr were in the same party and in the same faction they were accomplices in everything.

  56. johanna

    Philippa, I always thought that Ellis was Carr’s “evil twin”. How else do we explain that someone who was the antithesis of Carr was feted, celebrated, and rewarded for so many years?

    As I said in another thread, Freudenberg, while not always completely sober, nevertheless wrote some pretty good speeches. The same does not apply in this case.

  57. Philippa, I always thought that Ellis was Carr’s “evil twin”.

    There’s someone worse than Bob Carr?

  58. pete of freo

    I take a quote from his latest book to describe most of Bob Carr’s public utterances; “I lie in my tailored suit.”. I was flabbergasted to hear the man who bankrupted his State describe himself as “..a fiscal conservative..”, rather than a fatuous, self-important blow-hard and a permanent parasite on the public tit; a skinny version of Beazley, the scum of the middle-class, not his dad.

  59. Tiny Dancer

    Go to his link where he is banning people and read his replies to those who don’t like Carr. It’s piss funny.

  60. Bons

    He has a point, though – if a Foreign Minister or other high ranking minister is expected to fly to the other side of the world and immediately begin conducting important negotiations upon arrival then better to fly first class and get some sleep at least. Perhaps even better and less expensive to the tax payer would be to schedule a day to recover.
    Why? Business people do it all the time, and they negotiate real stuff, without a retinue and based on careful personal preparation. But, Carr, of cause, has never actually worked for his money.

  61. More Bob Ellis brilliance:

    We were told by the ABC that Mickey Rooney was ‘the last star of Hollywood’s golden era’.
    Why do they keep doing this? Kirk Douglas is alive, Doris Day, Debbie Reynolds, Olivia De Havilland, Kim Novak, Lauren Bacall, Luise Rainier, Robert Wagner, Christopher Plummer, Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, George Hamilton, Margaret O’Brien, Claire Bloom, Jane Powell, Joanne Woodward, Sophia Loren, Leslie Caron, Leslie Phillips, Jerry Lewis, Elaine May, Sarah Miles, Terri Moore, Shirley MacLaine, Shirley Bassey, Shirley Abicair, Marge Champion, Carol Lynley, Warren Beatty, Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Tom Bell, James Bolam, Richard Attenborough, Michael Craig, Rod Taylor, John Gavin, John Lennon*, Mick Jagger, Jane Fonda, Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, Keith Michel, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, Donald Sinden, George Cole, Bill Kerr, John Hurt, Barbara Windsor†, Liz Fraser, Maggie Smith, Hayley Mills, Virginia McKenna, Millicent Martin, Julie Andrews, Petulia Clark, Judy Geeson, Sandra Dee, Yvette Mimieux, Tippi Hedren, Tuesday Weld, Eva-Marie Saint, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, James Garner, James Fox, Edward Fox, Stuart Whitman, Sid Chaplin‡, Tab Hunter, Paul Anka, Terence Stamp, Twiggy, Tommy Steele, Tommy Tune, Tony Bennett, Cliff Richard, Pat Boone, Fabian, Carrol Baker, Diane Baker, Sally Field, Angie Dickinson, Eli Wallach, Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean-Pierre Leaud, Max Von Sydow, Catherine Deneuve, Fanny Ardant, Brigitte Bardot, Bibi Andersson, Harriet Anderssen, Liv Ullmann, Danielle Darrieux, Gina Lollobrigida, Alain Delon…
    That’s a hundred.
    Give me a break.

    * I never knew until now that John Lennon, who died in 1980, was a star of Hollywood’s golden era.
    † I never knew until now that Barbara Windsor, star of many “Carry On” films, was a star of Hollywood’s golden era, nor Tommy Steele, nor Sir Cliff Richard…
    ‡ Sid Chaplin (who died in 1986) may be listed in error for Sydney Chaplin, (who died in 1965), the brother of Sir Charles, or Sydney Chaplin (who died in 2009), the son of Sir Charles.

  62. Walter Plinge

    Put him in glasses and yep … it’s Men who Look Like Old Lesbians for him.

    That site is a hoot. Thanks for the laughs.

  63. Chris

    He has a point, though – if a Foreign Minister or other high ranking minister is expected to fly to the other side of the world and immediately begin conducting important negotiations upon arrival then better to fly first class and get some sleep at least. Perhaps even better and less expensive to the tax payer would be to schedule a day to recover.

    I’ve never been lucky enough to lfy first class internationally. But its really not that hard to get a decent amount of sleep in business class. And seriously who boards an international flight dressed in a suit?!?

  64. Michel Lasouris

    I freely admit to not having read Bob Carr’s recent book. And I’d really rather not, having far more pressing uses for my limited financial recourses.
    However, his responses to various observations lead one to conclude that Carr has absolutely no empathy with the lives of those the Americans call ‘regular folk’ ( often referred to in Australia, unfortunately, as ‘ordinary’ Australians; a term Carr would cheerfully embrace))
    He also very obviously has absolutely no savoir faire ,; no ‘breeding’ and being totally absorbed in his own self- importance, no insight into being humble, no concept of service to the Country in the widest sense. I believe his observation that income from his book sales will swell the funds of his favourite charity amply demonstrate his marked detachment from reality.
    Since Carr stirred the pot, humble peasants who have had the misfortune to run up against the great man, are recounting stories of arrogant dismissal and distain. They cannot all be prejudiced. There is a strong thread of truth shining through their complaints.
    No. Ex Senator Carr, ex Premier Carr and ex Foreign Minister Carr will hopefully be consigned to a mere footnote in the memory of Australian politics

  65. Cold-Hands

    The thing that amazes me most is that Carr is blithely breaking confidences, without seeking permission, asserting that it’s in the “public interest”. It looks as though Cabinet Confidence is a thing of the past, no match for Carr’s limitless self-aggrandizement. With the Bobster to inspire him, I can’t wait for Rudd’s memoirs.

  66. jupes

    Surely he is meaning to be ironic – I mean no real person could be that much of a fuckwit.

    Well there’s two options:

    He’s being ironic and woefully missing the mark; or

    He really does think that flying business class is analogous to the slave trade.

    Either way he is a fuckwit of the ocean-going class.

  67. Alfonso

    Best thing is…. the net is forever.
    Bob baby’s legacy (sic) as a First Class posing wanker and Labor Premier whilst his ALP cronies laid waste NSW will always be available for the curious.
    The comrade MSM can’t make this one go away.

  68. H B Bear

    Bob – no the other one, gets it,

    It’s drawing a long bow to describe as a ‘bigot’ a man with an Indian-Chinese-Malaysian wife …

    No, no, me likee Chinkee. Or as Jerry said, “If I like their race how can that be racist?“.

  69. Anne

    Bob Carr is a very, very odd man.

    At autopsy they should check for a tumour.

  70. nerblnob

    I’ve been upgraded to First Class a couple of times. It’s like business class but with more privacy.

    You’re completely separate from other passengers.

    In the A380 you’ve got a virtual cabin with your own walls.

    That’s why a politician would like it – no chance of having to talk to (or listen to) a constituent or taxpayer.

  71. and being expected to make life or death decisions when the plane finally touches down.

    Your life, other people’s deaths. At least you’re at the sharp end doing the killing and risking the dying, as opposed to sitting in a comfortable office abusing your staff while other men die in strangers’ roof-spaces.

  72. Big Jim

    What does ‘worse then…’ mean? I’m assuming it’s some Cat in-joke. Surely not a typo after recent pedantic posts on punctuation?

    And why all the banter about BC’s travel preferences, when the main story all over the MSN today was pure Cat bait?

  73. * I never knew until now that John Lennon, who died in 1980, was a star of Hollywood’s golden era.
    † I never knew until now that Barbara Windsor, star of many “Carry On” films, was a star of Hollywood’s golden era, nor Tommy Steele, nor Sir Cliff Richard…
    ‡ Sid Chaplin (who died in 1986) may be listed in error for Sydney Chaplin, (who died in 1965), the brother of Sir Charles, or Sydney Chaplin (who died in 2009), the son of Sir Charles.

    Half of the list began their careers in the 1960s. Scarcely the Golden Era of Hollywood.

  74. pete of freo

    Does the fact that most of “the 60s” actually happened in the 70s even further distance these people from the Golden Era of Hollywood?

  75. The great Bob Ellis, kindly responding to a comment which he generously allowed on his discriminating site, asserted that the Golden Era of Hollywood “extended […] till, oh, 1962”; my comment thereto, which failed to pass moderation, alas, was: “How, then, does John Lennon (died 1980), whose first film was A Hard Day’s Night in 1964 make the cut?”

  76. Big Jim

    Bravo Sinc. That was one of those subtly ironic posts that have both the idiot left and the muscular neo-cons commenting essentially the same thing:

    “Sinc says our enemies are fuckwits and we’re not. Fuck yeah!”

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