Democracy is as foreign to the Arab world as strong-man autocracy is to us. White-hot tribal hatred, bubbling just below the surface for thousands of years, needs tyrannical dictators to contain it. The West’s solution was to kill the tyrannical dictators.
When Julia Gillard appointed the Libs’ lost soul, Peter Slipper, to the Speaker’s chair, she knew of his quirky fascination with traditional dress. And he insisted he wear it. What was in the wardrobe of the Speaker’s self-contained apartment made interesting viewing.
On the eve (perhaps) of Schapelle Corby’s release on parole from the hell hole that is Kerokoban prison, disturbing, unanswered questions still haunt many who have followed her case... and a condition of her bail is that she must stay in Bali. Why is that?
Julia Gillard said in her parting Press conference that she had paved the way for another future female Prime Minister. Maybe she was referring to Uncle Kev because he is as close to a woman as one can get without a trans gender operation.
Kevin Rudd has almost no chance of re-election. His star has fallen in the same way it did before and Aussies recall uncomfortable memories of the shallow person without substance who they were once, and are now again, embarrassed to call their Prime Minister.
The greatest problem government agencies or sports administrations have is that drugs are becoming available quicker than they can be identified, and they can’t ban something they don’t know about yet.
It was staggering to see Abbott’s off hand “sex appeal” comment make the lead story on Sky News and many newspapers this morning.
[Accuracy of the following report cannot be assured beyond doubt. Material that could not be corroborated has been deleted. Information in these diaries is more an indictment on Kevin Rudd’s judgment than the ethics of Peter Beattie. Rudd, as an ALP and Premier Wayne Goss confidant, would have been privy to the following information.]
Who won? Who cares. Really, it was just a personality pantomime reinforcing already-held opinions of viewers. The weak format favoured Abbott but tested neither of them.
Uncle Kev has always reminded me of everyone’s unfortunate dim uncle. You know, the one you had to take to weddings. Sooner or later you had to take him out the back, slap him around the chops, and tell him to stop playing with his donger in public!
Kevin Rudd has been campaigning in his home State with the message that Tony Abbott will be another Campbell Newman. Let's hope so.