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A campaign of shock and bore

Published August 9, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

Abbott reached the stratosphere of uninspiring shopkeeper today, in standing shoulder-to-shoulder with his ideological hero Howard. In his marquee speech at the launch of the Coalitions campaign, Abbott showed that he does not have an original positive idea in his head. It was a speech high on negativity, missing an alternate vision laying out where the country would go under an Abbott government.  The speech was full of ‘back to the Howard future ‘, of small government, retiring debt and stopping the arrival of people smuggler boats. Small government here seemingly means more public funding of the private sector, reduced public services and a return to the worst of Howard’s neo-con socio-economic agenda. The second point Labor’s debt is a play from the conservative handbook promoting a narrative that perpetuates a myth that they are better economic managers. Lastly, the boats again fear of the other, playing to an inherent insecurity Australians have about ownership of this land, which Menzies effectively played on in maintaining his power in the 1950s and 1980s.

Our future does not lay with the conservative’s retro-view of life, but in pursuing a vision that better suite who Australia aspires to be.

Political assignation, the ladder of sour grapes

Published August 8, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

It seems the ghosts of also ran former leaders is a plague on the house of Labor, this media generated story about Kev07 & Markthe Ladder’ Latham.

Kev07 bites the political bullet for the sake of the party.

The Kev07 political assignation story is still fresh in the minds of the electorate especially in Queensland his home state. This seems strange because of widespread criticism of Government policy and program failures that lead up to the caucus spill on 23 June 2010, now hypocrisy seems prevalent in some quarters.

Latham slide down the political ladder with freshly crushed sour grapes to suck on at the bottom.

The Latham seems to be fuelling a level of excitement in a rather dull and stage-managed campaign. His star seems to be on the ascendance once more even if only as a media celebrity, rather than as a serious political operative.  This sees the campaign remain a policy news free zone with journalists focusing on these two former leaders as potential sources of stories to pad out the 24hr News cycle.

It is time for these chooks to stop clucking and scratching around in the shit and start reporting the News rather than focusing on editorial spin

Political assignation, the ladder and sour grapes

Published August 7, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

It seems the ghosts of also ran former leaders is a plague on the house of Labor, this media generated story about Kev07 & Markthe Ladder’ Latham.

Kev07 bites the political bullet for the sake of the party.

The Kev07 political assignation story is still fresh in the minds of the electorate especially in Queensland his home state. This seems strange because of widespread criticism of Government policy and program failures that lead up to the caucus spill on 23 June 2010, now hypocrisy seems prevalent in some quarters.

Latham slide down the political ladder with freshly crushed sour grapes to sip on at the bottom.

The Latham factor seems to be fuelling a level of excitement in a rather dull and stage-managed campaign. His star seems to be on the ascendancy once more even if only as a media celebrity, rather than as a serious political operative.This one time leader of Federal Labor sems to be playibg a spoiler role fuelled by sour grapes and old political battles long lost

This sees the campaign remaining a policy news free zone with journalists focusing on these two former leaders as potential sources of stories to pad out the 24hr News cycle. Gillard’s fight to remain on script seems to be bogged down by the media’s obsession with fluff.

It is time for these chooks to stop clucking and scratching around in the shit and start reporting the News rather than focusing on editorial spin

Three down and counting

Published August 7, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

I have sat back watched and listened to three weeks of dull waffle from these candidates and come to a conclusion

  1. Abbott offers no more than a rebranded Howard regime full of rancid ideas of middle class welfare steeped in Neo-con inequality.
  2. Gillard’s Chardonnay Socialist pork barrel laundry list seeking to placate Labor’s aspirational voters
  3. Brown & the Greens represent a politics infused with values and some level of intransigence.

At this time, there seems to be a lot of spin, little leadership and limited credibility.

what are the choices here?

Published August 5, 2010 by Michael C Leeson

The Week in Brief

The Federal Campaign

Which by-line to choose

  • Abbott the real honest bloke verses the real Julia Gillard Stand up? It is sometimes better to keep your mouth shut and not prove how big a fool you really are to people especially when you listen to media advisors.
  • How much more pork can I put on my fork? Promises promises promises
  • Media generated Kev07’s political assassination story – Rudd called the caucus meeting then declined the ballot – where is it an assassination? It is called democratic process.
  • Me too plus some politicking – is there really any difference between either major party other than some pseudo-ideological positioning or window dressing
  • Abbot I want a debate Gillard no, a week later Gillard I want a debate, Abbot no.
  • Why do Conservatives always grow a social conscious in opposition that quickly wethers away when in office
  • Green Launch Election Campaign – never seen Brown so animated with the possibility of the Greens holding Senate balance after 21st Aug ballot may be motivation enough
  • In search for leadership and true visionaries – Australian politics is dead, now populated by mediocre public servants, lawyers and shopkeepers pretending to be politicians.
  • Conservative Liberal Democracy the greatest moral treat we face

Prop8 hits a constitutional brick wall 05/08/10 (CNN)

Californian Federal Judge rules Prop8 to be unconstitutional under 14th amendment

Proposition 8: Long road to the Supreme Court

California Proposition 8 (2008) – the basics

It is ridicules that in the land of the free where democratic principles are enshrined in a document that many seek to interpret and few actually read they seek to discriminate against some. All I can add is my congratulations to those who continue the fight to advance the cause of social acceptance, and legal recognition of people’s rights to be themselves in the community where they live. It seems Conservatives whose narrow and selective view on life advocate for equality when it suites their political agenda. Their interpretation and often misinterpretation of both the US constitution and Bible seem frequently to reflect this position.  The only commentary I can give on these two documents being that they like all human projects, they echo the historical and social times in which they were written. This position does not seek to minimise the core values of either document because of their humanistic focus, rather it questions the political opportunism of some.

Game On

There’s no oil in them waters, well not much on day

I am still amazed that the Administration sat back on their hands while BP tried everything including alienating the American people to address a case of simple mismanagement .

Happy Birthday Mr President

USA - Politics - President Obama Holding Birthday Card

Best Wishes