Same old same old

According to today’s Oz, the Leader of the Opposition has joined the rest of us in seeing that the R-G-R government was a hopeless mess.

BILL Shorten has attacked the governments of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, highlighting their flaws, mistakes and misjudgments, arguing that he has learned the lessons of Labor’s election defeat and declaring the party must accept them too.

That’s a start, but where to from there? Will it be balanced budgets, no more wasted money, no longer jumping onto every PC bandwagon such as global warming. Will it be pulling unions off the back of business, reducing regulation, telling the truth before elections and then doing what you said you’d do? Well actually, nothing as specific as that. This is the list of six vapid principles, as content free as it is possible to imagine.

The first is to “treat people with courtesy and respect”.

The second is not to “launch a thousand ships, a thousand ideas (and) a thousand thought bubbles”.

The third is to focus on policy implementation.

The fourth lesson is to build a good relationship with business..

Fifth is to be a “no surprises” government.

The final lesson was to communicate with voters more effectively. “You have got to explain what you’re solving. Don’t go straight to the solution.”

And then there’s a seventh:

“Having a formal relationship with unions” which he said “is a strength, not a weakness.”

In other words, nothing new. Just hoping that the present government irritates just enough voters in doing what needs to be done to get Labor back over the line at the next election. A Shorten-Palmer Government should be quite an experience.

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38 Responses to Same old same old

  1. steve

    BILL Shorten has attacked the governments of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, highlighting their flaws, mistakes and misjudgments, arguing that he has learned the lessons of Labor’s election defeat and declaring the party must accept them too

    Bullshit!

  2. stackja

    Whitlam, Hawke, R-G-R mistakes, lessons learned? Well we have flying pigs too!

  3. H B Bear

    Tits has taken his new role to heart – motherhood statements.

  4. thefrollickingmole

    The first is to “treat people with courtesy and respect”.

    Even if they are rat f*^ckers

    The second is not to “launch a thousand ships, a thousand ideas (and) a thousand thought bubbles”.

    I think the “launch a thousand ships is referring to their refugee policy…

    The third is to focus on policy implementation.

    “But I said I wanted the pink bats done, dont bother me with your real world problems”!

    The fourth lesson is to build a good relationship with business..

    Hello there, would you like to buy some raffle tickets in the “we wont blockade your business and ruin you” raffle? Yes, great, how many books of a thousand can I get you?

    Fifth is to be a “no surprises” government.

    Oh trust me, you being a total bunch of arseclowns with the accounting skill of a retarded marmoset was no surprise last time, it wont be next time either.

    The final lesson was to communicate with voters more effectively. “You have got to explain what you’re solving. Don’t go straight to the solution.”

    So dont go straight for the final solution? Nice one Adolf.

    They just dont get it fundamentally.

  5. H B Bear

    Tits is even more disappointing than I expected him to be. Which is saying something.

  6. Phil Fry

    Surely no one believes a word he says?

  7. H B Bear

    “I did not have a formal relations with that union.”

  8. Mike of Marion

    The first is to “treat people with courtesy and respect”.

    Except where a lady has a pie shop

  9. Turtle of WA

    Contrary to legend, this is the face that launched a thousand ships…

    Kevin of Queensland, not Helen of Troy.

  10. Andrew

    I notice he has made no effort to resolve the problem with one of his front bench. Or maybe that’s not an issue. I think he’s pretty certain him and Blabbersac than just Abbottabbottabbott themselves into the lodge, relying on the meeja to generate the hatred.

  11. derFRED

    One person impressed by Spill Shorten is Labor Luvvy Bob Ellis. Then, when Shorten is beaten like Indian laundry by Abbott at the next election, Ellis will let rip with one of his typical soviet-style denunciations.

  12. Alfonso

    Electric Bill can’t really, truly, actually believe that the Union godfathers of Labor preselection are going to give up their power to unconnected low rent public service clerks, teachers and various other posing Australian Democrat type mendicants at branch level…….
    He’s a silly Billy.

  13. johanna

    As vapid and content-free as the average corporate “Our Vision.” And about as relevant.

    At this rate, TA doesn’t have much to worry about.

  14. The Pugilist

    The fourth lesson is to build a good relationship with business..

    Perhaps he might tell his colleagues to stop assuming that all business owners are rapacious bastards who delight in screwing over workers. I remain sceptical that the labor party will ever respect the people who put their necks on the line, take risks and create work opportunities for others. When he can rein in intellectual pygmys like Doug Cameron, I will be convinced. Until then, he’s just another union spiv.

  15. jumpnmcar

    The first is to “treat people with courtesy and respect”.

    The second is not to “launch a thousand ships, a thousand ideas (and) a thousand thought bubbles”.

    The third is to focus on policy implementation.

    The fourth lesson is to build a good relationship with business..

    Fifth is to be a “no surprises” government.

    The final lesson was to communicate with voters more effectively. “You have got to explain what you’re solving. Don’t go straight to the solution.”

    And then there’s a seventh:

    “Having a formal relationship with unions” which he said “is a strength, not a weakness.”

    So copying Abbott is his plan, good.
    I want the LIBs to memorise this list and, in parliament, shout a number every time they breach.

    I can hear ” Number 1 !! ” in a Pyne voice right now

  16. Bruce of Newcastle

    The third is to focus on policy implementation.

    Oh my aching sides! R-G-R implemented policies on top of policies left, right and centre. Ok, not right or centre, just left. And none of them worked. Not one single policy they executed did what it was supposed to, for the price it was supposed to cost, or in the timeframe it was supposed to take. They gloried in all the pieces of legislation they passed, which were so stupid and woeful that Abbott is forced to have a repeal day every month just to clean up the mess.

    What a load of rubbish. He’d be better off ditching the greenie progressives and making the Labor Party wall to wall unionists. So long as they started from the shop floor, not the progressive wanker university graduates parachuted into the union hierarchy.

  17. jupes

    Dolly forgot to mention:

    That R-G-R were worse than useless as economic managers. What is his plan to fix that?

    That announcing policies that cannot be funded – especially on the eve of an election – is dishonest and indefensible.

    That ‘climate change’ policies cannot change the weather and are an absolute waste of money.

    That the gormless sense of entitlement among union leaders and Labor politicians leads to corruption.

    That affirmative action is producing politicians who are clearly not up to the job.

    That defending guilty scum bags is not an ethical way to stay in power.

    And finally he is sorry that did everything in his power to ensure a Royal Commission into the AWU scandal didn’t eventuate.

  18. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Nowhere do the words ‘fiscal responsibility’ appear.

    Or ‘no stealing or brothel-crawling’

    Or ‘competence’

    Funny, that….

    Perhaps someone’s running scared of a certain Royal Commission?

  19. RCon

    funny you should say

    “In other words, nothing new. Just hoping that the present government irritates just enough voters in doing what needs to be done to get Labor back over the line at the next election.”

    Steve, that is exactly what Labor are proposing.

    http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/news/politics/2014/04/26/inside-bill-shortens-party-war-room/1398434400

  20. Andrew

    Thanks RCon. And whoever briefed that article repeats the Jonathan Green lie:

    Labor will be seeking to deny the government any room for explanation, just as the Coalition did not accept that Gillard’s “no carbon tax” vow was made in the context of a promise to price carbon.

    Funny – vie watched the interview and read the transcript many times. Don’t remember that bit.

  21. wal1957

    ShortOne is an absolute airhead.
    Hopefully, the RC into unions will ‘out’ his role in the coverup or, at the very least his knowing of the goings on re the AWU scandal of the ’90′s, and the resulting action on his part to cover it all up.

    Nothing to see here sir…no sirree, nothin’ goin on here…trust us!!!

  22. Crossie

    A Shorten-Palmer Government should be quite an experience.

    It might be fun to watch but I would rather it didn’t happen. Let’s pray for sanity of the Australian electorate.

  23. JohnA

    The first is to “treat people with courtesy and respect”.

    It took IBM two CEOs to get that ingrained in their organisation: Tom Watson Snr. and Jnr.

    The IBM mantra is “Respect for the individual” and this was so deeply imbedded within their culture that in the 1990s it nearly killed them, until they realised that they had failed to clear away the deadwood by firing their non-competent staff. Once they got the lead out of their saddlebags, they could revive their business.

    Labour (both Party and movement) has the same problem in reverse – they have ingrained within their culture contempt for the individual and it shows – every time they open their mouths.

  24. manalive

    “Having a formal relationship with unions” which he said “is a strength, not a weakness.”

    Natch, the ALP is a wholly owned subsidiary of the unions. It wouldn’t exist without their support.

  25. Blogstrop

    Good one, Mr. Mole!
    I recall being told by Fran The Activist on ABC RN Breakfarts that the Gillard gov was indeed getting things done. This was measured by how many pieces of legislation had slithered through both houses. The worth of such legislation was beyond criticism, so only the quantity mattered.

    There can be no properly functioning democracy without honest media.

  26. johno

    RCon

    Thanks for the link to The Saturday Paper as it allowed me to discover that I can get to read three articles for free and POST COMMENTS. I don’t know if the paper has accepted my comments yet, but it was fun writing them. May I suggest other Cats ‘Join the Conversation’ to ensure the poor timid petals of the Left get to hear some robust debate.

    http://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/

  27. brc

    They think the voters are going to be irritated enough by Abbott to boot him.

    That is unlikely. Even Gillard managed to scrape through, after arudd bungled everything and then was knifed by his own party.

    When an election rolls around and people really start to look st their choices……what is Labors boat policy going to be? Are they going to scrap the orange lifeboats? Promise to bring back a carbon tax?

    The seeds for the next abbot victory have already been planted. The first budget will hurt, and them will ease up,by the second and third. By then, people will have trouble remembering what all the cuts cuts cuts panic was about.

    In the end they really only care if they can get a job and pay off their house.

  28. H B Bear

    I have a BDS program in place for the Jewish vanity press. I don’t want my Saturdays Marred by loony “journalism”,

  29. Andrew

    Interest rates will be much higher in 3 years. Somehow these will be because of Abbott666′s cuts. He’s destroying the economy by cuts and refusing GM another billion, therefore the RBA has to raise rates.

  30. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    There can be no properly functioning democracy without honest media.

    And that is why we will be at risk of another disastrous term of waffle and spend from Labor. Tony Abbott can’t even make a light-hearted comment about baby Prince George without bringing down heavy scorn and derision from the medja luvvies.

    A Shorten-Palmer government is an experience I could do without. It scares me that it is a likely result if the Libs do not hit back with their own scorn and derision – and memory prompts about how it was Labor that got us into all the messes they are currently trying to fix.

    Low-information voters need to be educated about ‘the money tree’.

  31. Tom

    Thanks for the link to The Saturday Paper as it allowed me to discover that I can get to read three articles for free and POST COMMENTS.

    No sane person should be asked to wade through that swamp without a warning that it is yet another cover-to-cover Greenfilth campaign pamphlet featuring the left’s usual howler monkey suspects like Mike Seccombe with a stream of gibberish about the “end of coal”, etc. As the form guides say, “prefer others”.

  32. Andrew

    LOL did Paul Kelly just say “Senior Labor Figures like Bill Shorten”?

    It seems that they’ve modelled themselves on what they though Abbott666 was, not what he actually was. The SLF is voting no on everything – even his own policies! Voting against TPVs, carbon tax abolition.

    In a less insane country, he would get one Sen8r in EVERY state at the election. A666 is being flogged daily for “broken promises” that haven’t been announced yet but the SLF is voting for a tax they abolished and for people smuggling and opposing measures to fix a $50bn shortfall in a surplus they delivered.

    The difference is A666 voted against unpopular stuff and had 3 popular policies. It is hard to imagine that the SLF will be able to offer anything popular given the Budget will still be a catastrophe in 2.5 years.

  33. CARFAX

    It would be interesting to see if Professor Masters’ plans are based on any empirical evidence following trials of his suggestions, or if they are simply based on his exceptionally perceptive personal opinions and his claims to brilliant personal insight developed through shooting the breeze with like minded experts in education.
    The plan would not have to work very well to eclipse the achievements of the ‘progressive’ education revolution at work in Australia of recent times.

  34. Foggyfig

    A friend asked me if Tits has started wearing a bullet proof vests – she thinks the unions might get him before the RC does ;)

  35. Tel

    The final lesson was to communicate with voters more effectively. “You have got to explain what you’re solving. Don’t go straight to the solution.”

    Still can’t get it out of their heads that they are right, but everyone else is too stupid to be able to see that. Keep trying guys, it will dawn on you at some stage.

  36. Roger

    R-G-R launched a thousand ships?
    Is he referring to the boat people?
    But I’m glad to see he thinks policy implementation should be a focus of government. He’s no slouch, our Bill. Now, if they just had some good policies…

  37. BILL Shorten has attacked the governments of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, highlighting their flaws, mistakes and misjudgments

    Breaking news: Bill Shorten to celebrate relief of Mafeking.

  38. Ubique

    BILL Shorten has attacked the governments of Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard, highlighting their flaws, mistakes and misjudgments

    Bill Shorten has betrayed almost the entire Canberra press gallery, the ABC and Fairfax who’ve spent the past 7 years worshipping Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard and assuring Australia that anything wrong in the world was the fault of Tony Abbott. The predictable response of this sorry lot to Bill Shorten’s admission of Labor’s epic failures will be to ignore it: ” … nothing to see here, move on.”

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