Capital insurrection…


… and threats of violence:

JULIA LIMB: Former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, was among friends as he launched The Great Crash, the updated version of Michael Sexton’s account of the dismissal of the Whitlam Government in 1975…

PAUL KEATING: You just can’t have a position where some pumped up bunyip potentate dismisses an elected government.

So on the day, I of course… I was a junior minister, and Gough never liked the New South Wales right even though we anointed him and crowned him, and I was one of the guys in the sort of dark suit in Sussex Street, so I was sort of not quite… not quite in the reckoning, and I said to Daley that we should put Kerr immediately under house arrest.

(Sound of laughter and clapping from crowd)

PAUL KEATING: Oh I meant it, I meant it. And had I been Prime Minister, I certainly would’ve.

(Sound of laughter from crowd)

 
For the record, had Keating been prime minister, there would have been no police or military personnel at his official disposal to invade Yurralumla. Not unless he meant that he and dear old Fred Daly were the “we” who would have constrained Sir John themselves. Had they tried, my money would have been on the boilermaker’s son, not the posh antiques collector. The Governor-General was – and remains – Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth’s defence forces.

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41 Responses to Capital insurrection…

  1. stackja

    ALP under Gough had sold out to shady people.

  2. Bruce in WA

    First and last time I voted ALP.

  3. maree

    Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind. Ever so, what’s coming back at you leftists.

  4. NoFixedAddress

    It’s always nice to say g’day to Paul in Peking restaurants.

  5. NoFixedAddress

    I actually felt a bit sorry for Gough.

    His military service in the RAAF during WWII can never be taken from him.

  6. maree

    Keating may have made some entertaining quips in his day, but he will never equal the Bard.

    Full fathom five thy father lies
    Of his bones are coral made
    Those are pearls that were his eyes
    He has undergone a sea change.

    Keating could never come up with such beautiful words and images if he lived into another century.

  7. Iain Russell

    Rent Boy Keating is criticising Kerr, another member of the Party and an ALP appointee. In other words he wasn’t a bunyip potentate, just another member of the Filth and its various crime cartels. Be aware, Pauline, he was one of yours!

  8. win

    Those were the days .The Labor crowd used to belt each other up.

  9. Bad Samaritan

    There’s really no advantage to be gained in pointing out the “hypocrisy” of leftists since all that stuff: consistency, honesty etc etc is already declared by leftists to be bourgeois morality, and not for them at all.

    All that remains is direct action. Let’s hope it happens in the US ASAP.

  10. All that remains is direct action. Let’s hope it happens in the US ASAP.

    It did – last Wednesday.
    Tell me how it worked out.

  11. The Fifth Bike Rider of the Apocalypse

    There’s no doubt about it.
    Keating is a legend in his own mind.
    The older get gets, the better he was.

  12. Struth

    All that remains is direct action. Let’s hope it happens in the US ASAP.

    It did – last Wednesday.
    Tell me how it worked out.

    Saxons and hate…..saxons and hate.

  13. Daily llama

    Yes Win,
    What the NSW Right did to Peter Baldwin was horrible.
    I liked Keating once, but he’s a tosser

  14. G Pahoff

    “Has suffered a sea change”

    Sure of such.

  15. When your Bible is ‘Rules For Radicals’ and your Saint is Margaret Sanger, quaint notions like moral and intellectual consistency are alien concepts.

    The active Left spend all of their time, ALL OF IT, every waking minute, plotting and scheming and planning on how to gain and hold power.
    What we saw at the US Capitol on Wednesday is nothing. I expect numerous Waco type incidences in the next few years.

  16. G Pahoff

    In fairness to Gough, he did pass up an opportunity to take a stroll to Yurralumla that pleasant afternoon.

    I too voted for the ALP although I was barely old enough even after the change to the voting age.

    These days I would sooner cut my right arm off.

  17. Dot

    Speaking of insurrection.

    From elsewhere. This is fucked up.

    WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!?

    Pentagon Officials Say Pelosi Asked Them To Stage A Military Coup Against President Trump
    269,590 views

    Timcast
    1.08M subscribers

    •Jan 10, 2021

  18. Dot

    PAUL KEATING: You just can’t have a position where some pumped up bunyip potentate dismisses an elected government.

    The 1999 referendum model still let the President dismiss the government, and they were not automatically boned themselves (although it clarified the PM could sack the President) – same as now, really.

  19. H B Bear

    Can you ever have too many books on The Great Man?

    Writing one is practically a rite of passage for the Liar faithful, which naturally means any aspiring Australian j’ismist in the last 30 years. Some even go on to make it their life’s work. Don’t they Mavis?

  20. Des Deskperson

    ‘Had they tried, my money would have been on the boilermaker’s son, not the posh antiques collector..’

    ‘Progressive’ received wisdom is that Keating is as authentically proletarian as boring old Fred. He’s a working class bloke from working class Bankstown.

    He isn’t. His dad was a small business man who, as any Marxist would tell you, was exploiting the surplus value of the Bankstown workers. Keating went to year ten and then got a white collar job, the classic lower-middle class upward movement strategy of the time.

    Keating’s and Howard’s backgrounds are, in term of class, almost identical.

    ‘Progressive’ women in Canberra still get wet over Keating. I have no idea why he appeals to them.

  21. Mother Lode

    I think Keating often says things purely to discharge some of the loathing and bile that seems to be unceasingly welling up inside him.

    Not for him the contentment of being right, nor even the satisfaction of comprehensively showing an opponent wrong. He just needs to spit out poison and thus briefly reduce the pressure of it building up within him.

    What he brought to any situation was abuse.

  22. RJH

    Unlike the Trumps of this world who made their money PRIOR TO entering Public Service it is interesting to note how the PK’s of this world managed to make their fortunes AFTER “working” in Parliament, also whilst at the same time as enriching themselves, managed to leave the Country poorer e.g. After his rejection by voters in the 1996 Election he left a national debt of $96B? I understand he & others like him are also still reluctant to take themselves off the Public Payroll/Tit and are still vice-like glued to their unique Canberra Politicians Super trough, those Eastern Suburbs Council Rates must be so onerous for these self-serving Elites. Where are all of those high minded ABC investigative journalists when they are needed (sarc)?
    BTW Having been around when both of these clowns and their ruinous policies were totally rejected by the voters by huge voting margins it is somewhat comforting that the Punters nearly always get it right and eventually see through these self servers?

  23. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    PAUL KEATING: You just can’t have a position where some pumped up bunyip potentate dismisses an elected government.

    “Some pumped up bunyip potentate” chosen by the Whitlam Government who thought he would be an obedient puppet? Forced the worst Government this country has ever had to the polls, where the electorate had the temerity to confirm that dismissal in a landslide? How dare they!

  24. Boambee John

    1735099
    #3717870, posted on January 10, 2021 at 6:52 am
    All that remains is direct action. Let’s hope it happens in the US ASAP.

    It did – last Wednesday.
    Tell me how it worked out.

    That wasn’t direct action. No marbles under the police horses, no nails in the poles holding the placards.

    Try the Moratorium and anti-Springbok marches for comparison. You have had much praise for them in the past, so you must approve of the tactics.

    Or are you just short on self-awareness?

  25. duncanm

    ‘Progressive’ women in Canberra still get wet over Keating. I have no idea why he appeals to them.

    ‘cos he’s gay

  26. Louis Litt

    “Struth – Saxons and hate”
    Hmmm – the way I see it Gough was a proddy and attacked Catholics esp from Middle Europe escaping the depravity of communism.
    Gillard hated Abbot – so the child sexual abuse investigation happened – but the state wards and Anglican wards reports – were lost- from bloggers here the state wards were off the charts.
    All I see now are proddy lefties attacking Catholics -Barrett, Kavanah, Pell
    It’s throw back time to 19 century

  27. C.L.

    Indeed, Des.
    I might be wrong but I think Keating’s father, Matt, was in the concreting business. Something like that. The Keatings would have known the ‘working class’ as staff, basically.

  28. C.L.

    Gough was a proddy and attacked Catholics

    I don’t think Gough discriminated, Louis.
    He was an atheist. He saved his most famous denunciation for Lutheran Joh Bjelke-Petersen: a “bible-bashing bastard.”

    I have always believed the tariff cut had next to nothing to do with the acceptance of some semblance of market economics – as it has been portrayed for decades. Gough as rationalist precursor to Hawke-Keating etc.

    Nah.

    Like his father, Whitlam was a Brahmin from the mandarin class and regarded commerce as infra dig. He simply enjoyed poking Australia’s tariff-addicted nabobs in the eye with a burnt stick. The fact that they deserved it doesn’t redeem the motivation. No friend of WASPS, then.

  29. Entropy

    I think that is quite so, CL. Whitlam was quite protectionist for other parts of the economy.

    Also, I wouldn’t also have been surprised if Black Jack might have given him a thrashing one night at the bar of the Kurrajong Hotel

  30. Entropy

    I had someone telling me that what happened in Washington last Wednesday wouldn’t happen here.
    I mentioned this little rally were over 100,000 people left work and rocked up, and to this day they do not believe that four weeks later there cause was utterly and completely rejected; and secondly the ACTU attempted invasion of Parliament House more than twenty years later.

    I was told those incidents were different as their cause was just.

  31. Des Deskperson

    ‘I might be wrong but I think Keating’s father, Matt, was in the concreting business. ‘

    Marlak Engineering, set up in partnership with a couple of mates. It output was probably small to medium metalworking jobs. the “Ma’ in the title presumably refers to Matthew.

    Given that all the Keating hagiographies insist that Matthew was a staunch Labor man, one has to assume that the business was fully unionised. I doubt if this was common in small businesses in the fifties and sixties.

  32. Siltstone

    A horrible man according to his former wife Annita.

  33. Des Deskperson

    ‘A horrible man according to his former wife Annita.’

    According to some Canberra insiders whose words I have no cause to doubt, Keating was bats**t about Annita going out in public on her own and tried to prevent it whenever he could.

    The reason, reportedly, is that he was scared that she might get into conversation with some punters and reveal herself intellectually and culturally inferior to the great man.

    I dunno if this is fair to Mrs Keating. She always looked to me like she was on the verge of a panic attack any time she appeared in public.

  34. Vicki

    I think Keating often says things purely to discharge some of the loathing and bile that seems to be unceasingly welling up inside him.

    You nailed it, Mother Lode.

  35. Lee

    I had someone telling me that what happened in Washington last Wednesday wouldn’t happen here.
    I mentioned this little rally were over 100,000 people left work and rocked up, and to this day they do not believe that four weeks later there cause was utterly and completely rejected; and secondly the ACTU attempted invasion of Parliament House more than twenty years later.

    I was told those incidents were different as their cause was just.

    Things are always “different” with the double standards left.
    Case in point: all the violent protests and riots in the U.S. last year, often urged on by Democrats.

  36. covid ate my homework

    Who could forget this little gem? Featuring EllenG as vocal lead and a string of lefty entertainment types (looney leftism isn’t anything new). Anyway enjoy, It’s Crime(1972).

  37. Lee

    Even as an 11 year-old, I thought those “It’s Time” ads were cringe-worthy.
    Of course, I didn’t want Gough as PM, even then.

  38. covid ate my homework

    Lee, I was 12 at the time. What I remember is thinking “What the hell are they talking about?” At that time life was great. Food was great. Fresh milk and bread delivered daily. We had all the essentials and weren’t concerned about the things we didn’t even know about. Stable and hard working parents who provided all the things we needed and most of the things we wanted. When we ran amok we copped the obligatory backhander and always understood that we had earned it.

    Fools remind us that we live in the past, oh how I wish, if only!

  39. Lee

    Happier times, covid ate my homework, even up to several years or so ago.
    I wouldn’t want to be a young person growing up nowadays, in the current political/cultural climate.
    The lunatics have well and truly take over the asylum.

  40. Squirrel

    ” The Governor-General was – and remains – Commander-in-Chief of the Commonwealth’s defence forces.”

    That’s the point.

    In a subsequent interview, Whitlam was asked why he didn’t just refuse to accept Kerr’s decision – he simply replied that in that event, he believed there would have been, as he put it, “troop movements”.

  41. Louis Litt

    Thanks cl.
    Understand he was a Brahmin” and a precursor to the useless and unskilled modern day wind bag eg elite. What sticks was his description of bastard balts and the Vietnamese as the bastard bolts of Asia.
    Still can’t shake the discrimination against cat licks today

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