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Tuesday, 19th September 2017

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Larry Pickering

Larry Pickering

Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.

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BUDGET EMERGENCY?

You bet it is, and here's why

The Australia Institute, which is given SKY air time well beyond its station, has made an art form of spewing misinformation. Despite the fact that this “institute” is no more than a radical Canberran Left-wing think-tank, media is projecting it as a coterie of knowledgeable intellectuals. It most certainly is not!


MEDIA IN A WORLD OF THEIR OWN

Almost all media has taken an opportunity to slam Abbott over his Commission of Audit. The trouble is it’s not Abbott’s audit. It’s merely the thoughts of independent commissioners who are free from political fallout, yet the ABC is hyperventilating like a bunch of Greens at a miners’ picnic while Press Page ones are screaming budget bastardry.


THEY'RE BRINGING BACK THE BIFF

... so stand by for some serious hurt

Hit ‘em and hit ‘em hard, as soon as you win government, break any promise you want... then you’ll have the rest of the term for the mugs to forgive and forget. Well, that used to work, but not any more. “There will be no carbon tax under a government I lead”, still rings loudly in voters’ ears. This is the age of the internet fellas, and we don’t forget.


HOW TO LOSE YOUR VOTER BASE WITH A SMILE

“You can’t Tax your way to prosperity.” Now where have I heard that before? Oh yes, it was part of the Conservatives’ core mantra. So much for that! Taxing higher incomes to reduce Labor’s debt (you know, that job-producing sector of the economy) is not a kite-flying exercise either. Abbott actually intends introducing this “levy”


TONY RIPS OFF ANOTHER ONE!

I may be a conservative at heart but fair dinkum this Coalition kite-flying is giving me vertigo. A “deficit levy" now? Does Tony Abbott want us to financially remember the pain of Labor’s profligacy next time we vote? How about you blokes in Government feel a little of the pain yourselves? How about a bit of pruning at the top... we’re struggling down here!


CLIVE WILL SUE CAMPBELL... get in the queue Clive



ARE WE IN DEBT $650 BILLION?

Well sort of, but we are owed $580 billion. What Joe Hockey is trying to tell us ain’t necessarily so. As I have said before here, when talking Labor’s debt you’re talking a length of string.


THE ANZAC ON THE WALL

I wandered thru a country town, 'cos I had some time to spare, And went into an antique shop to see what was in there. Old Bikes and pumps and kero lamps, but hidden by it all, A photo of a soldier boy – an Anzac on the Wall.


Dear Mr Palmer,

You are such a cuddly man...and you can sing too! My Dad says you should get a band. A lap band I think he said, so you’re probably good at lap dancing too!


BOYS' TOYS A PART OF DEFENCE'S TESTOSTERONE 'CULTURE'

Australian Air Force commanders have long opposed the acquisition of UAVs, explaining, “...they will put top gun pilots out of a job and threaten RAAF culture.” Hmmm, “culture” being the operative word meaning, at least to me, testosterone does play a part in these lethal boys’ toys.


CLIVE THE CLOWN TRIES TO PLAY A GAME OF BRINKMANSHIP

Tony Abbott’s “Direct Action” policy is no more than a sop to the diminishing number of voters who still believe we are causing the globe to warm. Let’s get this straight, Tony Abbott puts global warming in the same category as Hansel and Gretel, as do politicians from both sides with an IQ above their boot size.


Urban war zones Fairfax won't cover...



ISLAM TRAINS ITS SIGHTS ON SCHOOLS

All three of the UK’s major Parties have expressed alarm at a letter circulating among 25 of Birmingham’s schools: "We have an obligation to our children to fulfil our roles and ensure these schools are run on Islamic principles. We are on our way to getting rid of even more head teachers and taking over their schools."



BADGERYS IS AN ABBOTT NBN MOMENT

There is good reason a second airport for Sydney has remained on ice for over 40 years... it’s a hot potato not even Neville Wran or Bob Hawke wanted on their headstones. Now it will be engraved on Tony Abbott’s and his wish to be known as an “infrastructure Prime Minister” will be complete. But he will be sitting in his wheel chair in an aged home wishing he had never thought of it


AN EASTER TALE

Pictured is a stone altar within the Vatican walls, the room is called a “meditation area”, but you have to wonder what tales that ancient block of stone could tell. [CORRECTION: The altar shown is in the UN where the Vatican holds permanent observer status.]


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