Q&A Forum: July 28, 2014

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199 Responses to Q&A Forum: July 28, 2014

  1. Beertruk

    53 for lotto please Carpe.

  2. Peter from SA

    Carpe said he was out with the missus on the other thread. Or is that just mischief? does he always say that?

  3. Pecker

    Carpe…the usual please 69 for me.

  4. C.L.

    Tonight: will climate change hamper efforts by Abbott to cover up Scott Morrison’s role in the MH disaster and how important is gay marriage in moderating Vladimir Putin’s regional ambitions?

  5. Peter from SA

    Tonight: will climate change hamper efforts by Abbott to cover up Scott Morrison’s role in the MH disaster and how important is gay marriage in moderating Vladimir Putin’s regional ambitions?

    Very, very weighty questions CL … hmmm … the nation’s finest brains should get to it ….

  6. Turtle of WA

    64 thanks Jugulum,

  7. C.L.

    I’m genuinely interested to see if David Suchet is sensible.

    A Mars Bar to the first numpty who makes a Poirot joke.

  8. A Mars Bar to the first numpty who makes a Poirot joke.

    That’ll be won by Snow Cone.

  9. Talleyrand

    (35)עשרים וחמש
    תחי מדינת ישראל

  10. calli

    Carpe’s not here tonight. I’ll take the lotto, but someone else can count.

    Beertruk 53
    Pecker 69
    Custard 88
    Turtle 64
    Talleyrand 35

    Prize is a Mars Bar from C.L., the generous pachyderm. No peanuts, naturally.

  11. Andrew

    Barnaby Joyce – Minister for Agriculture
    Mark Butler – Shadow Minister for Environment
    David Suchet – British Actor
    Louise Adler – CEO of Melbourne University Publishing
    Madonna King – Journalist and Commentator

  12. Peter from SA

    Well done Calli!

    hmmm … 74 thanks

  13. calli

    Beertruk 53
    Pecker 69
    Custard 88
    Turtle 64
    Talleyrand 35
    Peter 74

  14. Peter from SA

    Maybe all will now realise the great thing done by Carpe. To do the count must be an extraordinary deed …

  15. Helen

    What happened, if I can’t watch on the Cat, will I be forced to watch an actual replay?

  16. custard

    We need a counter……

  17. Peter from SA

    What happened, if I can’t watch on the Cat, will I be forced to watch an actual replay?

    If that were the case, Helen, surely you’d get bucketsful of compo?

  18. don

    I don’t understand what all those numbers are about. Is this some “inside” Cat secret communication method to keep strangers out?

  19. calli

    Maybe all will now realise the great thing done by Carpe.

    True. His missus has been whingeing about those chaps taking up space in the wardrobe…now he’s unloaded ‘em…

  20. calli

    I’m torn…i want to see who becomes Masterchef. Decisions, decisions…

  21. Peter from SA

    We need a counter……

    I’d give it a go if I wasn’t drinking …. so …err … ain’t I better valued for my witty repartee? (will attempt to keep posts to a minimum, don’t worry)

  22. kae

    Where is everyone?

    All’s quiet on this front!

  23. Mayan

    So people watch ‘Q&A’?

    I guess it’s cheaper than IPECAC syrup and a trip to Madam Sin’s House of Correction (where your pain is their pleasure).

    But why? Oh the humanity!

  24. custard

    <emPeter from SA
    #1397432, posted on July 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Pete I’ll have a go too…but yes been drinking and will feel restricted not being able to post as often

    Take an average between our two readings? I’ll post updates…….

  25. calli

    Beertruk 53
    Pecker 69
    Custard 88
    Turtle 64
    Talleyrand 35
    Peter 74
    calli 22

    Here we go…time to rumble…or sumpin….:)

  26. Peter from SA

    Where is everyone?

    Carpe is organising a boycott for better wages and conditions.

  27. Peter from SA

    Take an average between our two readings? I’ll post updates…….

    sounds like a deal Custard!

  28. custard

    Who wears two watches at the same time?

  29. egg_

    Easy one for Poirot – Butler did it, Snowcone!

  30. kae

    Calli

    Looks like it will be Brent.

  31. Peter from SA

    Barnaby says everyone wants peace. Nah. Hamas wants war. Simple as that.

  32. custard

    The bloke sitting behind the questioner

  33. calli

    Beertruk 53
    Pecker 69
    Custard 88
    Turtle 64
    Talleyrand 35
    Peter 74
    calli 22
    egg_ 68

  34. egg_

    A Mars Bar to the first numpty who makes a Poirot joke.

    Snowcone, Squire.

  35. calli

    Thanks Kae…Brent is a dead ringer for my eldest (without the red hair)… Yay!

  36. Peter from SA

    hahahahahahah

    Butler says a “two state solution” is a bit hard ….

  37. don

    OK, no response. I guess it’s a secret method of communication. See ya later, boys!

  38. kae

    I’ll let you know when it’s official, Calli.

  39. egg_

    Meejawatch – Oz Press Council tut tut to The Oz re Climate Change article – it is Aunty’s religion, after all.

  40. Andrew

    ABC pushing a pro-Palestine line….NEVER!!!

  41. Rich

    Good on Barnaby for weaselling out of the question

    Why should everyone and their mother have an opinion on Israel? There are whole strips of land in Eastern Europe that have been nicked by Russia and the media rarely see to bother with them

  42. kae

    It’s interruption lotto.

  43. calli

    Don, sorry…it’s interruption lotto…counting how many times Snowcone interrupts his conservative “guests”. It’s a joke, not a secret.

  44. kae

    Let don go.

    He did a dummy spit ‘cos he was invisible.

    Welcome to middle age, sunshine.

  45. calli

    Snowcone interrupts Barnaby before he takes breath to answer. Must be a record!

  46. Shelley

    A few pro-Israel twitter comments coming through – how’d that happen?

  47. Andrew

    Adler has a long history of being anti-Israel

  48. He did a dummy spit ‘cos he was invisible.
    Welcome to middle age, sunshine.

    Something for me to look forward to. Though I’m pretty much invisible anyway!

  49. Gee Whillikers, I look forward to all the opinions on Ukraine, Crimea, etc, if they’re that wound up over a couple of bits of sand in the middle east.

  50. custard

    Pete SA I’m at 10 so far……

    yourself?

  51. egg_

    Suchet doesn’t take Snowcone’s bait – good.

  52. Shelley

    Snowcone keeps going on about ‘the children’. If Hamas stopped using children (and women and old people) as shields…or sticking their rockets in schools etc.

  53. egg_

    If Suchet went on any longer in a neutral mode, Snowcone would’ve interrupted.

  54. Louise Adler & Mark Butler are the anti-Israelis, he’s trying to be more cunning about it though.

  55. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From don at 9:31 pm:

    “I don’t understand what all those numbers are about. Is this some “inside” Cat secret communication method to keep strangers out?”

    and a few minutes later:

    “OK, no response. I guess it’s a secret method of communication. See ya later, boys!”

    Stick around, observe, pay attention, notice that the exchange moves swiftly and succinctly and the penny will eventually drop; however there’s nothing like impatience to guarantee continuing ignorance.

  56. Infidel Tiger

    Wow. Butler announces the ALP will formally announce its support for Hamas.

  57. egg_

    ME night tonight… zzz…

  58. calli

    Beertruk 53
    Pecker 69
    Custard 88
    Turtle 64
    Talleyrand 35
    Peter 74
    calli 22
    Leigh 42…and running late…

  59. kae

    Brent won by two points.

    That girl will go far… if she can control her stress.

    He won an Alfa Gulietta (spelling?).

  60. egg_

    I don’t understand what all those numbers are about.

    Mars Bars/Mother-of-Pearl encrusted thongs are at stake.

  61. Shelley

    ‘Prosecute your view’ – yeah only if it is anti-Israel Louise, right?

  62. Peter from SA

    Pete SA I’m at 10 so far……

    Interesting … keep your count going … maybe things are arcing up now …

  63. Leigh Lowe

    Ah … Roger that Houston … Amend to 107.

  64. calli

    I’ve heard all this before…different players, same stage, same script…

  65. caveman

    Send snowcone over to gaza to interrupt the missiles.

  66. JC

    Barn door shouldn’t go on this show.

  67. Peter from SA

    No pooftas.

    Thanks for reminding me of the “one rule” H B Bear. Cheers for that.

  68. kae

    The first runner up gets $20k

    Amelia gets $10k for being second runner up.

  69. Leigh Lowe

    I don’t know what the numbers are about either but it can’t hurt to join in.

  70. custard

    I’m including the interruptions from the stupid woman from Melb Press as well

    so far 14…….

  71. Shelley

    Barnaby increasingly lately looks completely over dealing with idiots.

  72. calli

    Poor Suchet…what a question.

  73. Peter from SA

    If you’ve only got four strands of hair … why bother combing it? Just sayin.

  74. egg_

    Barnaby increasingly lately looks completely over dealing with idiots.

    He was pretty crabby on The Business last week re CSG mines not negotiating properly on large farms.

  75. egg_

    Snowcone: “DCI Barnaby…”

  76. Mindfree

    Some muppet tweeted that Adler should be on Q&A all the time. I don’t think that was /sarc on

  77. Shelley

    I like Suchet as an actor, but this is kinda boring..

  78. calli

    Murder lotto! I wonder what the prize is? Sounds very genteel.

  79. Peter from SA

    Yawn … aren’t I a wonderful actor paid by the BBC … look at moi ! … look at moi!

  80. Leigh Lowe

    I don’t understand what all those numbers are about.

    It’s a Q and A forum Don.
    It’s not meant to make sense.

  81. Shelley

    Of course Adler goes for the most negative thing she can ask Suchet. Suchet smacking her down though.

  82. Peter from SA

    It’s a Q and A forum Don.
    It’s not meant to make sense.

    Must admit it took me a lot of time to work it out … time I could have spent negotiating peace in the Middle East … or … Climate Justice Now!

  83. Rich

    Violence in gaza, planes being shot down…and we’re having Agatha Christie week

    I must say, it’s an improvement

  84. Leigh Lowe

    Some muppet tweeted that Adler should be on Q&A all the time

    My money is on Mr Adler.

  85. calli

    Eeeeeew…Adler. Fetishes and Barnaby…projection perhaps?

  86. Talleyrand

    When the compete/partisan adjudicator (death to the Jews) Tony Snowcone Jones interrupts the count goes up.

    Prior to the start, we brave band of brothers and sisters watchin the Q&A nominate an estimated interruption count as a way to claim the Rhinestone encrysted leather chaps clothing prize

  87. custard

    I picked a boring night to count

    18…..

    Pete SA?

  88. Leigh Lowe

    This Adler woman …. is it Rodney’s mum?

  89. egg_

    Eeeeeew…Adler.

    If she doesn’t watch out, “Poirot” will do her in… (he’ll be in a queue, however).

  90. calli

    It’s a love in, custard. They all love Agatha…

  91. Rich

    This is so boring…

    I rank it ahead of last week’s aids special, the old person special, the writers festival, and the other stupid specials they’ve had recently

    So it’s probably in the top four for the year

  92. Peter from SA

    I picked a boring night to count

    18…..

    Pete SA?

    I think you’re on it custard. Very low night …

  93. Pickles

    Barney can’t believe this shit. Trapped at a CWA meeting.

  94. I turned over to hear Louise Adler assert that Dame Agatha Christie was a snob, a xenophobe and an anti-semite; the stupid woman should try reading Christie’s novels and autobiography properly.
    Madonna King, when asked to name her favourite Christie novel, said she hadn’t seen enough of them.

  95. calli

    That would be the anti-Semitic, xenophobic Agatha.

    And Barnaby plays Cluedo…riveting stuff.

  96. Andrew

    Animal cruelty rubbish from lefty

  97. egg_

    What about KRudd’s character assassinations?

  98. Rich

    Tactically inept question – why don’t you just let people who break and enter off?

    If this wasn’t the ABC I’d think it was a plant

  99. Shelley

    Madonna King, when asked to name her favourite Christie novel, said she hadn’t seen enough of them

    That would be Madonna King Madonna King is an award-winning journalist, author and commentator

  100. Andrew

    Barnaby implies people filming an ambush of an Abortion clinic…hang him!

  101. egg_

    That would be Madonna King Madonna King is an award-winning journalist, author and commentator

    Author of No Ordinary Sloppy Joe.

  102. calli

    Barnaby…who’s had a steak? Bless ‘im.

  103. kae

    Madonna King used to be the ABC host for, I think, the after lunch program.

    Madonna King took great pride in announcing that she didn’t vote because she didn’t want to be accused of bias.

    She was one of the few people who seemed to not show their bias, however, I may have missed it.

  104. Turtle of WA

    Go Barnaby! What a legend. Bunch of hypocrites.

  105. Peter from SA

    Barnaby making some sensible points against the idiots. Go that man …

  106. egg_

    Go Barnaby! What a legend. Bunch of hypocrites.

    Adler doesn’t like humble pie with her steak…

  107. Turtle of WA

    ‘Murder of animals’. It’s not ‘murder’!

  108. Peter from SA

    did Hockey agree to this woman doing his bio? he lacks judgement big time.

  109. Rich

    Who is this nitwit Adler

    …Wikipedia tells me she has a couple of arts degrees and edited some books – and she got an AM for it

    I really should just go into academia or join the greens

  110. Infidel Tiger

    QANDA is a perfect representation of Australia’s intellectual class and why we excel at sport.

  111. egg_

    Who is this nitwit Adler

    Tim Blair has a field day with her…

  112. Nic

    My money is on Mr Adler.

    And some say there is no hell.

  113. Peter from SA

    QANDA is a perfect representation of Australia’s intellectual class and why we excel at sport.

    Couldn’t have put it better myself IT …

  114. Peter from SA

    Butler is such a typical Labor putz.

  115. egg_

    110,000 words on Staples…

  116. calli

    Leadership speculation…

  117. custard

    Not long to go………

    27 and counting

  118. Rich

    Leadership questions…seriously

  119. Talleyrand

    Why isnt QNA coming live from Tel Aviv? Come on Tony lets get the real on th he ground picture.
    I mean wait till the Palestinian youths start a protest with rocks.
    Sorry Adler, you self loathin Jew, you only get 15s notice of a missile strike. Better hope its intercepted for the sake if Melbourne Uni Press.

  120. Turtle of WA

    QANDA is a perfect representation of Australia’s intellectual class and why we excel at sport.

    Couldn’t have put it better myself IT …

    Too true.

  121. calli

    28 custard…Barnaby was speaking…

  122. egg_

    Leadership speculation…

    Surprise, surprise…

  123. Mater

    The most interesting topic of the night and Snowcone puts a 40 sec time limit on it!

  124. calli

    Fight…fight…fight…and Snowcone interrupts. Shut Barnaby down, quick!

  125. Shelley

    Snowcone hates it when any talk of ALP mismanagement of the budget comes up…’we don’t want to spend all night talking about that’…

  126. Nic

    Leadership speculation…

    God they’re cheeky. They don’t ask that question of Labor who have had four leaders in recent memory to the Libs’ one.

  127. egg_

    Gift question to Barnaby…

  128. Rich

    Snowcone hates it when any talk of ALP mismanagement of the budget comes up…’we don’t want to spend all night talking about that’…

    But only too happy to indulge the ‘tough’ budget howlings

  129. Mike of Marion

    barnaby has just arced up!!

  130. custard

    Leigh and Tallyrand looking good……

  131. Turtle of WA

    Nic, ‘cheeky’ is a touch mild, don’t you think?

  132. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    PFrom eter from SA at 10:17 pm:

    “did Hockey agree to this woman doing his bio? he lacks judgement big time.”

    I thought he might rise to the occasion as treasurer then I baulked when he couldn’t handle the simple discipline of controlling how much food he was shoving into his gob (and had the money to waste on getting his stomach interfered with).

    Uncle Buck Hockey removed all doubt this week in releasing that narcissistic irrelevancy.

  133. Rich

    Snowcone just took on Labor’s judgement

    One for the records I think

  134. Mater

    Labor: Lets just agree to forget our previous behaviour!

  135. Shelley

    For certain what wasn’t a good decision re Slipper was TLS defence of him. Anyone wanna mention that? Thought not!!

  136. calli

    Seems Suchet is as bored with this lot as us.

  137. Peter from SA

    Uncle Buck Hockey removed all doubt this week in releasing that narcissistic irrelevancy.

    Well said Mick! … I got nuthin …

  138. custard

    I’ll wait for Peter from SA for his score but I got to…..

    42

    over to you pete

  139. calli

    That was better than a dodgy musical interlude.

  140. egg_

    Indigenous episode next week.

  141. Rich

    Oh FFS

    Another special next week – I swear there was more real politics when we had a Labour government

  142. calli

    42? Congratulations, Leigh…you get the rhinestone studded thong. Beware of the atomic wedgie and wear with pride.

  143. egg_

    That was better than a dodgy musical interlude.

    Beats Bob Downe swallowing a sword…

  144. Turtle of WA

    Indigenous episode next week.

    Yes, Indigenous episode next week.

  145. JC

    This is what a mean about righties going on that program and cowering to the left. Springer- Jones makes mention to barn-door of abbott having to pay back 600 bucks.

    Why the fuck doesn’t barn door bring up the fact that he finds it interesting how springer jones would ask ask such a question when their ABC fired a journalist for raising questions about the Lying Slapper’s misdeeds with her uinion squeeze and what’s been said at the Royal commission.

  146. hzhousewife

    Max Gillies married Louise Adler.

  147. JC

    There should be a Cat panel on there one day. We’d destroy destroy those arseholes.

  148. JC

    Max Gillies married Louise Adler.

    I guess someone was going to get caught with that sack of rotten fish.

  149. Infidel Tiger

    Max Gillies is one of the least funny people on earth. He and that bile filled Sheila would be a perfect match.

  150. calli

    That’s it for me. Got to be on site at sparrow’s tomorrow.

    Carpe, you’ll have to hunt out another prize seeing the chaps and thong are now with their delighted winners.

  151. custard

    <emcalli
    #1397616, posted on July 28, 2014 at 10:37 pm
    42? Congratulations, Leigh…you get the rhinestone studded thong. Beware of the atomic wedgie and wear with pride.

    Well Pete SA was to give his score too….so I hope I was right

  152. Nic

    Indigenous episode next week.

    On the ABC? Now there’s a surprise. Perhaps they could have their own festival of dangerous ideas such as ‘is it time to get rid of sit down money’?

  153. custard

    I’m out too…..

    still seeing numbers……

    thats a worry

  154. egg_

    That’s it for me. Got to be on site at sparrow’s tomorrow.

    Job well done, Calli.

  155. Nic

    still seeing numbers……

    Sssh ixnay on the ‘N’ word

  156. egg_

    On the ABC? Now there’s a surprise. Perhaps they could have their own festival of dangerous ideas such as ‘is it time to get rid of sit down money’?

    Hopefully this one will be more lucid than the last two similar panels.

    “Rich old white men” (ROWM) in their sights?

  157. Tracey

    Pretty sure towards the end I heard Mark Butler tell Madonna King to ‘settle down’. I have a vague recollection that Tony Abbott at some stage, very politely, suggested that an overwrought female (alleged) journalist ‘calm down’ and all hell broke lose.
    I’m sure tomorrow’s papers will be full of demands from strident Sistahs for Butler to explain himself.

  158. codger

    Dear Pondperson

    MerdeOckAir flight NP101 lost contact with poll radar…,
    Ace finder at large Gus ‘needles’ Texas has been…haystacked…again…
    shit happens

    Meanwhile your bunyip & mine Barnaby blows cameras & monitoring out of the sky
    whats next phones & computers…
    shit happens

    cheers

  159. Oh come on

    Dear lord, Louise Adler…if you were unwise enough to invite her to dinner, you’d rescind her invitation quick smart after seeing her tonight. What an obnoxious cow.

  160. Oh come on

    What the hell? The actor rips off Barnaby’s joke two seconds after Barnaby said it, gets a big laugh, Barnaby got crickets.

  161. Oh come on

    Adler is a cucking funt.

  162. Oh come on

    Sorry, was nauseated at her thoroughly wanky analysis of Agatha Christie, and overwhelmed with fury at her mean-spirited, uber-catty dig at Barnaby Joyce. Nasty, horrible woman.

  163. Oh come on

    Yes, Adler. Terrible joke. Please go and stick your head in an oven, you condescending old tart.

  164. Oh come on

    Louise Adler is about as funny as cancer.

  165. Leigh…you get the rhinestone studded thong

    WTF use is one thong? Does Leigh have to win next week to have the pair?

  166. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    From Henry2 at 1:24 am:

    ” Leigh…you get the rhinestone studded thong

    WTF use is one thong? Does Leigh have to win next week to have the pair?”

    It’s a thong Henry2, not a thong.

    Scroll up is your friend – “rhinestone studded”, “chaps and thong” and “atomic wedgie” are fairly obvious clues. Like.

    You’re welcome.

  167. egg_

    Pretty sure towards the end I heard Mark Butler tell Madonna King to ‘settle down’.

    Heard that too – and quite aggressively, unlike Abbott – should be in the transcript (c. 2pm EST).

  168. Percy

    My thanks to the brave Cats that suffered through this weeks episode. This thread is my weekly guide to whether I spend some time watching a replay or bathing in acid.

    I’ll be squeeky clean tonight.

  169. Carpe Jugulum

    Morning All

    Pity i missedall the fun, (nah ican’t prove that)

  170. Motelier

    Thank god I did not watch last nights episode.

    I drove from motel to motel last night, listened to the dribble on AlpBC radio.

    I missed.

    A) The witty commentary from the QnadA pages on the Catallaxy files.
    B) The sometimes inspiring look on a lefty face when they realise they have just had they seat pulled from under them.

    and

    C) the sometimes whitty remarks that appear on the twitter scroll at the bottom of the screen.

    You should have heard it on the radio. It was so uninspiring that I was glad when it was over, then I could listen to some musak.

  171. Tom

    So sad I missed the Kill The Jews edition with the self-loathing Jew who married a has-been actor who had his five minutes of fame in the 1980s. No doubt Bananaby now more keenly understands the lengths to which the Jew-hating ABC scum will go to construct their gotchas.

    The Greenfilth Broadcasting Corporation: Proudly Hamas. Death to the Australian infidels.

  172. AndrewWA

    I’ve only just made time to watch this episode of Q&A from Your ABC.

    What an absolute waste of time……….

    2 years ago I cam to the conclusion that Q&A and Tony Jones should be put out of their misery and have not watched a show until now.

    I saw nothing here to change my mind………………..

  173. stackja

    Motelier
    #1397815, posted on July 29, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I missed it too. Sleep more important.

  174. Oh come on

    Guess where literary doyenne Adler got her Agatha Christie quote (‘egocentric little creep’) from? Wikipedia. What a lightweight.

  175. calli

    Morning All

    Pity i missedall the fun, (nah ican’t prove that)

    Wipe that gloat off your face, Carpe… And thanks for the interruption lotto each week. I never realised how fraught it is cutting and pasting all the numbers.

    Reflecting on Suchet’s contribution (small as it was). Most of the time, he was sitting back watching the caperings and antics of the funny little ex-colonials – they didn’t disappoint. He didn’t try to shoehorn himself into any political commentary unless asked specifically, and then gave gracious and truthful answers (even though they were as dull as ditchwater). That final request of The Cone’s for a little mumming for the entertainment of the masses was disgraceful, but he handled it with aplomb.

    I don’t think he’ll be back on ABC again.

  176. Wipe that gloat off your face, Carpe… And thanks for the interruption lotto each week. I never realised how fraught it is cutting and pasting all the numbers.

    Thanks Calli – I’ll be back next week with the PNG edition from Port Moresby. *sob*

  177. Forgot to add, also write the names on a notepad with their score as they come in.

  178. I see, on the web, that all sorts of people (in The Guardian, for example, and even in The Spectator) attribute to Agatha Christie the assessment of Hercule Poirot as a “detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric little creep” without ever citing the source; in a 1938 Daily Mail interview, Christie said, “There are moments when I have felt: ‘Why — why — why did I ever invent this detestable, bombastic, tiresome little creature?’”

  179. why did I ever invent this detestable, bombastic, tiresome little creature?’”

    She also said of Poirot in her books that his shoes were too small and pinched his feet.

  180. egg_

    Tracey
    #1397647, posted on July 28, 2014 at 11:18 pm
    Pretty sure towards the end I heard Mark Butler tell Madonna King to ‘settle down’. I have a vague recollection that Tony Abbott at some stage, very politely, suggested that an overwrought female (alleged) journalist ‘calm down’ and all hell broke lose.
    I’m sure tomorrow’s papers will be full of demands from strident Sistahs for Butler to explain himself.

    Transcript:
    AUDREY MARSH: Today, Peter Slipper was found guilty of dishonestly using Cabcharges. In the hours since, much of the anecdotal commentary I have heard has asserted that a winery tour on taxpayers’ coin should not have received such large-scale judicial attention. Do you agree with this or is there merit in drawing attention to smaller acts of parliamentary misbehaviour?

    TONY JONES: Madonna King?

    MADONNA KING: Yeah, absolutely. You know, you do something wrong, you do the crime then you should take the punishment. But with Peter Slipper, can I just remind people that both parties were really happy to dance with him and I think, you know, this is something where voters get really cranky about, these games our politicians through our big parties continually play, and Peter Slipper and Peter Slipper’s role in the Parliament has been a perfect example of that.

    TONY JONES: Yes. Does it reflect on the Labor Government’s judgment in making him Speaker…

    MADONNA KING: Yes it does.

    TONY JONES: …in an act of political desperation?

    MARK BUTLER: Well, I will answer the question, then yours, Tony. Look, I think politicians should steer away from commentary about whether prosecution decisions and judicial decisions are sound. Those decisions should be made by…

    MADONNA KING: But he’s been convicted.

    MARK BUTLER: Settle down. Those decisions should be made by independent prosecutors and independent judges and, frankly, what I think or what Barnaby thinks is neither here nor there. Look, I think, you know, there’s lots of reflection on what happened over the last Parliament by all parties. They were bizarre circumstances, a hung parliament in the house and the Senate, and I think it’s really up to Madonna and other writers to make comment about what were wise decisions and what weren’t.

    TONY JONES: Let’s hear from Louise Adler on this?

  181. Oh come on

    I see, on the web, that all sorts of people (in The Guardian, for example, and even in The Spectator) attribute to Agatha Christie the assessment of Hercule Poirot as a “detestable, bombastic, tiresome, egocentric little creep” without ever citing the source

    Deadman, here’s why.

  182. [Christie said Poirot’s] shoes were too small and pinched his feet.

    No, Christie does not say that exactly. We’re not explicitly told that Poirot’s shoes are too small; others, such as Ariadne Oliver assume that they’re tight.
    At the end Chapter 17 of Hallowe’en Party (1969), we have:

    “My feet are extremely painful,” said Hercule Poirot.
    “It’s those awful tight patent leather shoes of yours,” said Mrs. Oliver.

    Chapter 18 begins:

    Poirot sat down, stretched out his legs and said: “Ah! that is better.”
    “Take your shoes off,” said Mrs.Oliver, “and rest your feet.”
    “No, no. I could not do that.” Poirot sounded shocked at the possibility.
    “Well, we’re old friends together,” said Mrs. Oliver, “and Judith wouldn’t mind if she came out of the house. You know, if you’ll excuse me saying so, you oughtn’t to wear patent leather shoes in the country. Why don’t you get yourself a nice pair of suede shoes? Or the things all the hippy-looking boys wear nowadays? You know, the sort of shoes that slip on, and you never have to clean them—apparently they clean themselves by some extraordinary process or other. One of these labour-saving gimmicks.”
    “I would not care for that at all,” said Poirot severely.

    Later, in Chapter 21, we have:

    [Poirot] could not face the prospect of black bitter tea. He thought of a good excuse that would mask any signs of bad manners. “My feet,” he explained. “My feet. I am not very suitably attired as to footwear for the country. A change of shoes would be desirable.”
    Elspeth McKay looked down at them. “No,” she said. “I can see they’re not. Patent leather draws the feet.[…]”

    Tight, sure; too small, never. The idea that the fastidious Hercule Poirot, famed for his organisation and method, would order shoes of less than perfect size is ludicrous.

  183. The idea that the fastidious Hercule Poirot, famed for his organisation and method, would order shoes of less than perfect size is ludicrous.

    Ok take me out the back and shoot me, it’s been 20 years since i read an Agatha Christie book.

    Although it is a good motivator to go back and read them again. ;)

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