A watershed election all right but not in the way anticipated. How can political pundits and polls (and Pickering) get it so wrong? How embarrassing! How can a Party called UKIP garner four million votes (the third highest number of votes apart from the majors) yet not gain a single seat and lose its leader, when the separatist Scots registered fewer votes and gained 56 seats? I think it’s called first-past-the-post voting... you know, that system that many Aussies are calling for.
“A watershed election”? “The most important election ever”? Well they always say that don’t they, but this time the outcome could send shivers up the back of a moribund Westminster and the ripples may extend all the way to Canberra because the astonishing similarities in public discontent are spooky.
I was disappointed to see David Spears of the SKY Channel select Adam Bandt as his top tip to take the Greens’ leadership. David is normally politically astute. Unfortunately Mr Bandt can never lead the Greens simply because he holds the seat of Melbourne, the only Green seat in the House.
If you have a thirst for politics and a need to know the machinations afoot inside the beltway, then Fairfax’s Peter Hartcher’s articles are best ignored because he typifies all that’s terminally wrong with Fairfax and, as a darling of the ABC, he will be one of the last rats to jump ship.
The US, Japan and the UK lead the way with amounts of around $10 million including airlifting massive humanitarian aid, then Canada, Norway and little old Australia is again punching above its weight, followed by China, Germany and Singapore with even the tiny impoverished kingdom of Bhutan kicking the tin with $1million.
Radical Islam has declared war on the world yet, curiously, few leaders seem keen to declare war on Radical Islam. Tony Abbott can unilaterally declare war on this subversive cult (he would need to eventually take it to Parliament) but he, like George W Bush did, backs off at a rate of knots fearing a mutinous Left uprising. Obama, of course, is part of that potential Left uprising.
There is a small group of Islands a little to the east and south of PN-G where cannibals live happily shrinking heads and practising voodoo. They love life, respect death and deal with natural catastrophes as they have done for thousands of years.
It is reported that Tareq Kamleh was attending the Thornlie mosque just weeks before joining Islamic State in Syria and claimed to have given up drinking and womanising for his faith. “At the time, he was one of the most immoral people I knew, in terms of promiscuity at least”, said one colleague.
Gough Whitlam once said, “Australia will not stand in the way of Indonesia’s annexation of East Timor”. That worked out pretty well as a rampaging Indonesian militia promptly cut a swathe through a civilian population leaving five Australian journalists brutally murdered in their wake.
Modern industrial society commenced with the use of coal and oil to power factories, trains, ships and agriculture and to generate electricity. With abundant energy, prosperity increased, and people could save enough to support leisure, education, culture and environmental concerns.
The current debate is about capital punishment, not drugs, and conflating the two makes it hard to argue the case for either. The moment a case is made against yesterday’s killing of the Bali two, immediately there’s a tirade against the evils of drugs. Fair enough, so what do you want to debate? Drugs or capital punishment?
The appalling circumstances that the families of the Bali two were forced to endure... the failure of the Indonesian Government to inform Australia that the executions had taken place, Joko Widodo leaving his phone off the hook and his crass insensitivity to international entreaties.
1. Scott Morrison had forced the Indonesian Government to, in effect, give millions to the military out of its own pocket. The Indonesian Government was powerless to stop the boats and was cleverly bypassed in settling the boats issue by Morrison dealing directly and solely with the military.