Australia has serious problems and needs serious people

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29 Responses to Australia has serious problems and needs serious people

  1. Pyrmonter

    That’s good.

    Was TAFKAS at Friedman?

  2. If TAFKAS were on the LNP front bench, he would preface every question time question with “Is that a serious question from a serious person”.

  3. Dr Fred Lenin

    The standard of career politicians in the westerb world taday is bloody woefull ! Where in the name of God do they come from ?there are a few worthwhile people ,Trump ,Farage ,le Pen ,Orban,Wilders nd a few other but rest are a miserable collection of frauds . Sickening to see the comrades in Brussells commiserating with their creature May on her failure to destroy Brexit ,no doubt she would get the same treatment from the ecromats in the US and our own UNiparty , bet she gets asquillion a year UN “job” as a reward for her efforts on behalf of the soros / u.n. Global fascist communist gangsters .

  4. Am I the only one who finds his voice utterly annoying?

  5. nb

    Dr Fred Lenin #3029076, posted on May 29, 2019 at 1:48 pm:
    ‘standard of career politicians in the western world today is bloody woeful’
    I have yet to read a contemporary account of a democracy where the standard of politicians is praised.
    So, nothing new.
    Actually be glad you have several you consider passable, even admirable – but remember too, another person will claim the ones you admire are beyond bad.
    I second your ‘worthwhile’ list.

  6. RobK

    Many of the problems are not serious at all, until wontedly serious people start to deal in it.

  7. Leo G

    Even Swift could not imagine our parliament of whinnying Yahoos.

  8. mh

    Dr Fred, any words of commiseration to May from Dolly Downer? Remember how he told a Trump campaign advisor to leave his friend David Cameron alone.

  9. Karabar

    Bemused.
    You aren’t the only one. He’s a whiner that reminds me of a spoiled brat. Annoying is the word. He always sounds like a juvenile complaining about the flies.
    OTOH, I found that Billy BS would just make me angry.

  10. nb

    Oh, Dr Fred, in relation to your namesake, many think him more than just an able politician:
    Manning Clark: ‘Why did Lenin – a man who seems to have been Christ-like, at least in his compassion have to die…?’
    A communist Aust. academic: ‘Yet Lenin himself was utterly selfless…’
    His policy?:
    ‘Social Democracy must recognise this mass terror and incorporate it into its tactics…’
    Ahh, social democracy and its adherents.

  11. Robbo

    If the Labor Party thinks that Albanese is the answer to its problems then they need to think again. Albanese is actually a big part of their problems. Albo is famous for his snivelling blubbering performance as he told us that “I fight Tories”. The reality is that Albo only fights the other factions in his Party from the safety of his safe Labor seat, he has no grip on what switches voters on in marginal seats. How soon will the idiot power brokers in the Labor Party realise that they pulled the wrong rein in shoehorning Albo into the leaders chair?

  12. Roger

    How soon will the idiot power brokers in the Labor Party realise that they pulled the wrong rein in shoehorning Albo into the leaders chair?

    By Christmas, I imagine.

    Albo & Marles are together going to make Bowen & Chalmers look like a formidable alternative leadership team.

    Interestingly, Albanese has been given the leadership without a vote by either the general membership of the ALP or the parliamentary party, as their constitution requires (yes, it would have been a formality, but that is the requirement). That suggests to me that Albo could be just as easily dispatched from the office as he was installed by the powers that be.

  13. ACTOldFart

    I dont think it’s coincidence that both Plibersek and Bowen said things like “Oh it’s not the right time for me to run for leadership now”. I interpret those statements as code for “I’ll be sitting right behind Albo, letting him do all the hard work, quietly sharpening the knife, and waiting for the moment to dispatch him”

  14. FMD is this the best Australia can do for an opposition? We’re doomed I tell you doomed (said in a scotch accent aka Private Frazer)

  15. Some History

    Snot good. Makes mediocrity look grand.

  16. min

    yes bemused I have already commented previously thar his voice will annoy people.

  17. I’m glad I’m not the only one then. People who know him say that’s he’s likeable enough, but his voice carries no authority or gravitas; it’s a voice that you couldn’t take seriously and conveys very little personality.

    It’s almost like Tony Abbott in a way. I couldn’t really stand the way he spoke in front of a microphone, but when I heard him just chatting in relaxed surroundings, he sounded completely different and I always wondered why he didn’t speak like that to the public.

  18. Scott Osmond

    I can’t stand Albo’s voice. I’m blind so judge people on how they sound. Yes, I know shallow but that is what it is. From what other commenters are saying I’m not the only one. If people tune you out because they can’t stand the speaker’s voice how do they expect to get the message out? Or is Albo just the sacrificial placeholder till after the next election loss? Yes, I think they will lose the next one. They’ve seemingly learned nothing from Saturday 18th.

  19. Squirrel

    In one of those election debates which Shorten supposedly won, he delivered the line “that dog won’t hunt” – a good reminder that Labor’s frontbench is, all too often, little more than a karaoke act based on American movie and TV political dramas.

    The truth, of course, is that The Thick of It would be much closer to their reality.

  20. The BigBlueCat

    The Artist Formerly Known As Spartacus
    #3029055, posted on May 29, 2019 at 1:28 pm
    If TAFKAS were on the LNP front bench, he would preface every question time question with “Is that a serious question from a serious person”.

    I think that is an entirely proper course of action … Albo needs to be reminded of that blunder each time he asks a question as Opposition Leader.

    I would go further … I would also remind everyone that Albo is only trying to make Australians afraid, and telling them whose to blame. And that Albo is so unoriginal he has no ideas worth implementing.

  21. Pyrmonter

    Two articles worth reading (the first posted in RealClear). UK, but with a good deal of application here. With the first, take care to resist any Grauniad hackles – they’re provoked, but that isn’t the essence of the piece.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/may/28/a-zombie-party-the-deepening-crisis-of-conservatism

    https://capx.co/the-strange-death-of-tory-economic-thinking/

  22. Megan

    And that’s why we must all celebrate the undeserved elevation of the beyond serious Kristina Keneally.

    And no, bemused. You are not alone. On the same low level on the irritation scale as the Red Headed Whiny Voice.

  23. The Sheriff

    The worst voice has to be Gladys Berejiklian – the worst possible combination of shrill and bogan.

  24. Annie A

    OMG… Albanese needs to sack his script writer ( I mean speech writer!). Is there a time limit on plagerisim? If it is over 30 yrs old is it ok to copy it without consquence? Maybe his writers need to put his his speeches through ‘grammarly’ the plagiarism-checker. All the uni students need to use it these days. What gets me is that he did not just paraphrase it, but copied nearly word for word. Just insert Tony Abbott here!

  25. Some History

    Albodross: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”.

    [Labor minder whispers into Albo’s ear, warning of plagiarism]

    Albodross: “G’day, mates. Owzit garn?”

  26. Rob MW

    Albodross: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”.

    [Labor minder whispers into Albo’s ear, warning of plagiarism]

    Albodross: “G’day, mates. Owzit garn?”

    Albodross: “G’day, mates. Owzit garn?” Lend me 60 bucks for a packet of fags mate, I’ll pay yer right back ?

    [Labor minder whispers into Albo’s ear, warning of bullshit]

    Albodross: believe me mate, I’m fairdinkum I will pay yer back, trust me.

  27. The BigBlueCat

    From now one, Scott Morrison should call Albo “Michael Douglas”.

  28. Albodross: “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears”.

    Crowd: “what’s in the bag!”
    Crowd: “what’s in the bag!”
    Crowd: “what’s in the bag!”

    Albodross: “Ears. Wanta buy some?”

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