Wayne Swan’s tale: file under fantasy

In The Australian today:
“Strewth Proust, Swan’s on the loose! With the memoirs of the world’s greatest treasurer shaping up as the stocking stuffer of the season, Wayne Swan’s remembrance of deficits past adds mightily to this year’s choice of spitefully disappointing Christmas presents.”

About Henry Ergas

Henry Ergas is a columnist for The Australian newspaper and the inaugural Professor of Infrastructure Economics at the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong. The SMART Infrastructure Facility is a $61.8 million world-class research and training centre concerned with integrated infrastructure solutions for the future. Henry is also Senior Economic Adviser to Deloitte Australia. Prior to these concurrent roles Henry worked as a consultant economist at NECG, CRA International and Concept Economics. Henry's previous career was as an economist at the OECD in Paris, where amongst other roles he headed the Secretary-General’s Task Force on Structural Adjustment and was Counsellor for Structural Policy in the Economics Department.
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15 Responses to Wayne Swan’s tale: file under fantasy

  1. I am the Walrus, Koo Koo K'choo

    What did the nation ever do to deserve Goose, Rudd and Gillard? And now ‘Taqiyya’ Tony Fraser-Chamberlain!

    I look forward to reading this review.

  2. Spongebob Steve Pants

    Walrus: Our attention spans as individuals are waning, and the left will always win the ‘compassionate’ soundbite. Naturally if you dig deeper you will find all of the flaws, but nobody aint got time for that.

  3. Craig Mc

    What did the nation ever do to deserve Goose, Rudd and Gillard?

    It voted for them.

    Every generation gets to fuck up the country once. That was Gen Y’s turn.

  4. Up The Workers!

    I’ve racked my brain, but I just cannot think of anybody I dislike sufficiently, to buy a copy for.

  5. Robbo

    Gee who gets the title of Liar Of The Year? The competition is hot hot hot. There is little Kevvie the loony bad tempered wacko. Then there is Julia who lied even when she didn’t have to because lying is in her DNA. Last but certainly not least is Wayne the wanker who having made a complete fucking mess of the Treasurers job is now trying to rewrite history with a self serving, spiteful and untrue account of his days in power. And the winner is…………………..? A three way tie?

  6. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Proust didn’t think of this when he wrote ‘Swan’s Way’ did he?

    I favour recalling that magical legendary path from Norway, to the Orkneys and down to Caithness in Scotland that was called The Swan’s Way. Entirely mythical though. Just like a certain set of memoirs.

  7. Ivan Denisovich

    Gee who gets the title of Liar Of The Year? The competition is hot hot hot. There is little Kevvie the loony bad tempered wacko. Then there is Julia who lied even when she didn’t have to because lying is in her DNA. Last but certainly not least is Wayne the wanker who having made a complete fucking mess of the Treasurers job is now trying to rewrite history with a self serving, spiteful and untrue account of his days in power.

    Following in the grand tradition of the left:

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/andrewbolt/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/rudds_whitlam_author_of_the_liberals_greatest_hits/

    Swan has more in common with Rudd than he cares to admit. On the subject of the Whitlam Govt., the question now is who is Australia’s worst ever Federal Treasurer. No longer the obvious choice it was prior to 2008.

    http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2013/06/even-this-mob-can-t-hold-a-candle-to-gough-co/

    Perhaps the debate should be widened. Who has been the worst and who has been our most delusional. Cairns was delusional about the ways of the world but I’m not sure that he was as delusional about his record as Swan, where every debacle is a victory. Swan would have made a fine Iraqi Information Minister.

    How shameful that the Great and Glorious Swan has not been accorded proper recognition for his wondrous achievements. We applaud the restraint of the Diligent and Humble Swan after that viper Rudd claimed for himself the glory of the Magnificent Treasurer’s triumphs.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptccZze7VxQ

  8. Dr Faustus

    Swan’s FIGJAM rubbish will quickly end up being remaindered at pop-up bookshops in shopping centres across the country. Despite their apparent value as sardonic Christmas gifts, I will not be able to purchase at any price lest I accidentally enrich the hideous little prick – even by a few cents.

  9. Wozzup

    If it’s the right thickness I have a chair with a wonky leg. I suppose it has to be good for something.

    It’s odd though, isn’t it though, that the man who, in power, was so deluded that he thought he could pull the wool over the eyes of Australia is still at it. Seems he has learned little. Which is kind of appropriate as he knows even less as he demonstrated in the role of Treasurer.

    There is an old story that supposedly emanated from the Singapore, Changi prison camp in WW2.

    It seems (so the story goes) that a particularly odious camp guard who knew just a little English lined up the Australians to harangue them about some infraction or other that he suspected them of.
    “You Australians so smart” he said. “You make fun of us, you think we Japanese know “f@ck nothing”. Well you wrong! I not know “f@ck nothing”, I know “f@ck all”.

    Here’s to Wayne Swan. The Australian Treasurer who knew “f@ck nothing”. And still knows about the same.

  10. Rabz

    Faustus, as noted previously, I’ll be waiting until bookshops start paying people to take copies away.

    Then there are some particularly deluded idiots who are going to be gifted a copy.

  11. struth

    Good back up n the dunny.
    If there are no pictures of Swan, just pull out a page and wipe to develop.

  12. .

    Rabz
    #1428856, posted on August 25, 2014 at 1:36 pm
    Faustus, as noted previously, I’ll be waiting until bookshops start paying people to take copies away.

    Then there are some particularly deluded idiots who are going to be gifted a copy.

    Please. No one could be this dumb, or aim so low in the pantheon of idolatry.

  13. Squirrel

    “Up The Workers!

    #1428592, posted on August 25, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I’ve racked my brain, but I just cannot think of anybody I dislike sufficiently, to buy a copy for.”

    Thanks for the laugh – much appreciated!

    Why can’t these people just go away and keep quiet – vindication will not be found on bookshop remainder tables.

  14. motherhubbard'sdog

    If copies were being given away, you could burn them to keep warm when you can no longer afford electricity.

  15. Andrew

    I’ve racked my brain, but I just cannot think of anybody I dislike sufficiently, to buy a copy for.

    I probably hate the Goose himself that much.

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