Politics is just show business for ugly people

To TAFKAS’ mind, there is no more a pathetic, unimaginative and narcissistic rhetorical tool than the call to rational authority.  It basically suggests that those that disagree with the “rational” protagonist are by definition irrational.

And so speaking of pathetic, unimaginative and narcissistic, TAFKAS would like to bring up former Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.

As part of his great Australian book tour, Mr Turnbull recently had a few things to say about former Trade Minister, Steve Ciobo:

Every advancement Steve Ciobo had enjoyed in politics had been under my leadership.’

Perhaps to pat himself on the back for his excellence identifying talent or perhaps as a slap to his predecessor and successor, Mr Turnbull added:

(Former prime minister Tony) Abbott hadn’t rated him, and neither did (Scott) Morrison.

But then comes the Turnbull gold:

You cannot treat politicians as rational actors, especially those like Dutton, Cormann, Ciobo and numerous others who’d been in the game all their lives. Having come into politics at 50 from the rational world of business, I always assumed people would, more or less, act in their rational best interest. But that assumption is wrong, at least in the Liberal Party and especially with its right wing.

So let’s get this straight.  According to Mr Turnbull, it was in Mr Ciobo’s rational best interest to continue to support Mr Turnbull as Prime Minister because it was only Mr Turnbull who would give Mr Ciobo a cabinet position and the personal benefits (money, status, pension) that would bring.

Thus, according to Mr Turnbull, rational action in public office is to act in one’s personal interest and by definition, not acting in one’s personal interest is irrational.  Ergo, by not supporting Mr Turnbull, Mr Ciobo was acting irrationally.

Telling one might say.  Perhaps it is one of those Kinsley gaffes where a politician reveals some truth that was not intended to be revealed.

Perhaps it is more revealing about Mr Turnbull.  Probably not.

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23 Responses to Politics is just show business for ugly people

  1. stackja

    MT rational? Says who?

  2. Nob

    I thought Turnbull was a famous courtroom lawyer before politics.

    That’s not the rational world of anything..

    How long was he in this “rational world of business” of which he speaks?

    It’s he being economical with the truth?

  3. Roger

    Ciobo acted in his rational best interest by getting out of politics while still a relatively young man.

    I hope he’s enjoying life in the real world.

  4. Megan

    MT rational? Says who

    Say when.

  5. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    Yup! We all knew it. Self interest was big Mal’s driver. How unsurprising. But I suspect all politicians are the same, just that most of them pretend it’s Australia’s interests they have at heart. Hell, put a trough in front of me and watch my head go in!

  6. Perhaps it is more revealing about Mr Turnbull

    You would have to be a rusted on Their ABC viewer to believe that Turdball had anyone else’s interests in mind but his own. I suspect that he gave longer and more thought as to which bottle of wine to open for dinner than he ever gave to the Australian public.

  7. Grunter

    MT has precisely pin-pointed the problem.

    In reality, politicians should not act in their rational best interest, they should act in Australia’s rational best interest.

    Enough said.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    Having come into politics at 50 from the rational world of business, I always assumed people would, more or less, act in their rational best interest.

    LOL. Business executives believe in a mythical monster called catastrophic anthropogenic global warming. Turnbull caught this disease from hobnobbing in those elite strata.

    It isn’t happening Mr Turnbull. You’ve been fooled. Which is why the party dumped you…in their rational interest.

  9. Hay Stockard

    I’m happy to see turdbull has had nothing to do with politics since he flounced.
    Hang on, what is this you say?

  10. Maybe Grunter, but in Malcolm’s world, the only interest for him was self-interest, which he showed on too many occasions to the detriment of the Australian populace. Think of his & his families personal financial interest & thus his political backing of “renewables”?

  11. Dr Faustus

    Ciobo was Trumble’s loyal foot soldier when he knifed Nelson and Abbott.
    Clearly not a rational actor at all.

  12. Iampeter

    You cannot treat politicians as rational actors, especially those like Dutton, Cormann, Ciobo and numerous others who’d been in the game all their lives. Having come into politics at 50 from the rational world of business, I always assumed people would, more or less, act in their rational best interest.

    Sadly just like being a good businessman doesn’t mean one is any good at economics and shouldn’t be sought for their expertise, likewise being a good businessman doesn’t mean one is any good at politics either.
    These are all separate areas of expertise.

    Turnbull may have had a more righteous life than career politicians, but in the dead profession of politics he is as hopeless as the worst of them.

  13. Lee

    But that assumption is wrong, at least in the Liberal Party and especially with its right wing.

    Turnbull claimed that there were no factions in the Liberal Party.
    Was he lying then, or is he lying now?

  14. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Ciobo acted in his rational best interest by getting out of politics while still a relatively young man.

    Ciobo playing the role of the desperate grasping young starlet to Waffles Turnbuckle’s Harvey Weinstein no doubt facilitated the former’s hasty exist from the monstrous and unrelenting ugleeness that is politics in this stupid, stupid country.

  15. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Turnbull claimed that there were no factions in the Liberal Party

    While sporting a face the colour of a blood orange, reflecting the “rational” state he was in at the time.

  16. a reader

    It’s also possible Miserable Ghost that Ciobo realised the national interest was greater than his personal interest…

  17. Rohan

    You cannot treat politicians as rational actors, especially those like Dutton, Cormann, Ciobo and numerous others who’d been in the game all their lives.

    What a wanker. Dutton was a former cop. Ciabo was a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He can’t even get that bit right and lumps Dutton and Ciabo in with Cormann who has only worked in politics all his life. And he wonders why he became irrelevant and got kniffed. Because he’s a dickhead.

    Goodwin Gretch, all is forgiven.

  18. Anita

    By the way, does anyone know how many of Turnbull’s latest books were sold?

  19. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    how many of Turnbull’s latest books were sold?

    Most of the copies “sold” were purchased by Waffles and his son.

  20. Terry

    ‘does anyone know how many of Turnbull’s latest books were sold?’

    All of them. Those in the industry call them…biomass.

    A fantastic source of “renewable” energy apparently. No doubt Turnbull will have his hand out for a subsidy now.

  21. jupes

    I always assumed people would, more or less, act in their rational best interest.

    Bloody hell. For a second there I thought he meant national best interest.

    But no, of course not.

  22. miltonf

    At least we know what the Liberal in crowd really think of the man in the street.

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