The Pickering Post
Thursday, 13th December 2018

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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.


Turnbull is like the dog that caught the bus and now he hasn’t a clue what to do with it. Since he rolled Abbott, it’s been all downhill for the Libs. And now he is faced with what should be a horror budget just prior to a general election... HTF did THAT happen?

Abbott had it mostly right: First year a horror budget, second year a nothing budget and third year throw the goodies around prior to the election. That’s the way it’s always worked but this time an obstructionist Senate and half the Liberal Party itself wanted Abbott’s balls for breakfast. Eventually they got them.

This is no ode to Abbott... he was warned in February of last year that Credlin had to go. After the six months period he was given to fix the problem he had still not changed a damned thing in the PMO.

He was living on borrowed time, he should have known that loyalty and politics is a poor mix and those he was most loyal to dumped on him anyway.

The nicest thing you could say about Turnbull is that he remained in a state of torpor because he felt guilty operating on Abbott’s hard-won mandate. Turnbull feel guilty? Hardly! But some of his Cabinet appointments were bewildering, in particular the appointment of an inexperienced woman in Marise Payne to Defence.

Promotion by gender rather than talent always ends in tears. And Defence Chiefs seem more interested in changing genders for others at taxpayers’ expense than dealing with Syria and other hotspots.

This is the worst position the Conservatives have found themselves in in over 50 years. Bring down an election budget and the media will tear it to bits... bring down a responsible budget and Labor will tear it to bits. A dickhead union thug like Shorten will suddenly be a chance.

That would never have happened under Abbott despite the self-interested Senate yobbos.

Conservatives are now looking to alternatives. They have been badly let down by Abbott who delegated leadership to an unelected Credlin, and now by Turnbull who has delegated everything to an ordinary bunch of ministers for fear he would lose his popularity. He lost it anyway. Comparison to Shorten is no guide as Pete Slipper would have polled well against Shorten.

Morrison is in the same predicament Hockey found himself: Bring down a tax reform budget using the GST, superannuation and/or negative gearing and risk a double dissolution because the Senate won’t pass any of it, or tinker with the debt and deficit and a gay marriage plebiscite and avoid a DD.

At least Hockey had the backing of Abbott. Morrison is on his own and at constant odds with Turnbull because any responsible budget suggestion erodes the PM's precious popularity poll.

Senator Lazarus’ suggestion that the DD trigger will be bargained with is a nonsense as all DDs have had a suite of triggers, as indeed this one has.

Turnbull is just another Rudd. He was popular when out of Office but as soon as he became leader or rolled and replaced the sitting PM we started to see the paper Turnbull.

Perhaps now we will have to go through the same thing all over again...

this time with Shorten.

Poor us... thank you for nothing Malcolm.


Mal will steal anyone's lines.
He's 'Excited!'........and Continuity...........with a change of undies.......

OT: There is an erotic Afghani movie on SBS tonight. Erotic? Its Kabuli Kid. A burqa clad woman abandons her baby in the back seat of a cab. The cab driver decides to track her down; the only identification, a beauty spot(?) on her ankle. I expect he possibly cracked a fat on seeing that ;-)

A good case to get rid of these stupid bloody dust storm attire once and for all and allow cabbies a little perv at perhaps a calf? The very idea of Afghanistan even making a movie on this is a comedy surely. Can these be taken seriously?

I believe Malcolm will survive the election, as would have Abbott. Some seats will be lost possibly more under Turnbull but I guess we will never know how Tony vs Turnbull would have turned out. Shorten will fail and knifes will be drawn for a little more bloodletting in the caucus chamber. Albo Sleasy or Pliboshit may get the nod. I cannot contemplate Shorten ever being Prime Minister if not for the fear I hold for the poor girl he raped and the rape of our Country that he would oversee. Larry don't even entertain a Shorten PM please its scares the living shit out of me!

I agree, ... but nothing wrong with Credlin, she was just too professional for the poor little incompetent political wannabes.
I would be harsher on Turnbull and how pathologically stupid and pathologically pathetic he is.
He only performs when he wants to destroy some one, like he did with Abbott.

HTF did THAT happen? ......................... well he Hadn't the Balls to go straight in for a double dissolution as soon as he rolled Abbott and thereby hangs the Reason he will NEVER be Prime Minister - NO GUTS IMO

Tired of the J00s wars no doubt. Cant wait for the reset really, the tea spoon of cement that is needed.

Yes, also, the bit that really gets me is that the Left wing buggers, reckon they have got it all sweet. No mistake, they will be the saviour of the world, as seen in their eyes.
No Mistake.
Never made a blue or error in their bloody lives.
Me, Who me....?

It is a start for the moment. But the political animal, of whatever description, will out, I reckon, at the first opportunity.
Ho Hum, we'll just have to suck it up, 'n see.

USA politics but same applies to Australia.

Dear Representative,

From the time I was able to vote I voted republican.
I am 80 and have a great deal of respect and influence with hundreds
of senior ball players who also network with thousands of others around the country.

I received your questionnaire and request for money and strongly agree
with every question as I have since Obama was elected. Unfortunately the one question
that was missing is “What has the republicans done for the American people?”
We gave you a majority in the house and senate and you never listened to us.
Now you want our money.

You should be more concerned about our votes not our money.
You are the establishment which means all you want is to save your jobs
and line your pockets… Well guess what? “It’s not going to happen”
You can shake in your boots when I tell you our movement is for TRUMP
and he hasn’t asked for a dime.

You might think we are fools because you feel Trump is on a self destruct course
but look beyond Washington and listen to the masses. Nobody has achieved what he has,
especially in a state of New York.

If you really want to know how the majority of people feel?
And this applies to both democrats and republicans, read below, it says it all.


You've been on vacation for two weeks, you come home, and your basement is infested with raccoons.
Hundreds of rabid, messy, mean raccoons have overtaken your basement. You want them gone immediately…
You call the city, 4 different exterminators but nobody could handle the job…

But there is this one guy and he guarantees you to get rid of them, so you hire him.
You don't care if the guy smells, you don't care if the guy swears, you don't care if he's an alcoholic,
you don't care how many times he's been married, you don't care if he voted for Obama,
you don't care if he has plumber's simply want those raccoons gone!
You want your problem fixed! He's the guy. He's the best. Period

AND we don’t care what is his religion, origin or colour! !!

Here’s why we want Trump, yes he's a bit of an ass, yes he's an egomaniac, but we don't care.
The country is a mess because politicians suck, the Republican Party is two-faced & gutless,
and illegals are everywhere. We want it all fixed! We don't care that Trump is crude,
we don't care that he insults people, we don't care that he had been friendly with Hillary,
we don't care that he has changed positions, we don't care that he's been married 3 times,
we don't care that he fights with Megan Kelly and Rosie O'Donnell, we don't care that he
doesn't know the name of some Muslin terrorist.

This country is weak, bankrupt, our enemies are making fun of us, we are being invaded by illegal's,
we are becoming a nation of victims where every Tom, Ricardo and Hasid is a special group
with special rights to a point where we don't even recognize the country we were born and
raised in; "AND WE JUST WANT IT FIXED" and Trump is the only guy who seems to understand
what the people want.

We're sick of politicians, sick of the Democratic Party, Republican Party, and sick of illegals.
We just want this thing fixed. Trump may not be a saint, but doesn't have lobbyist money holding him,
he doesn't have political correctness restraining him, all you know is that he has been very successful,
a good negotiator, he has built a lot of things, and he's also not a politician, He's not a cowardly politician.
And he says he'll fix it. And we believe him because he is too much of an egotist to be proven wrong or
looked at and called a liar.

Also we don't care if the guy has bad hair.

We just want those raccoons gone. Out of your house. NOW.

The last gasp of the socialist spin doctors. When all else fails and you are completely out of ideas go for racist homophobic mysoginist as the main attack platform. Well it isn't going to work. The mass of Americans don't trust Clinton further than they can kick her

The work product of these incompetent morons require the sacking of them all. To say they are a disgrace is too mild, they not a jot to the reason they are there, only their personal satisfaction at the expense of the Australian people.
In any third world shithole that these nincompoops seem to want for this country, they would be put up against a wall and shot to death. Only the grace of the people of this country have saved them - thus far.

Larry, well expressed. it is indeed unfortunate the LNP is so lacklustre to match that of the ALP. We have very little to look forward to the next election with the exception of ALA senators. Australia seriously lacks a progressive right political party that stands up for the rights of hard working Australians.

What a spectacle ! .....

Watching these nasty socialists in their death throes ...

Smile ....... as they weep and bleed !

Whizzing through QT I heard empty MT tell everyone to speak with great care. The way he said it sounded very much like a threat against those who disagreed with HIM.

good to hear CC

More women in parliament?.....Listening to question time yesterday was like having tea and bikkies at Grandmas ' discussing Aunt Maud's ingrown toenails.The logic,rhetoric and cognoscent delivery was right up there with the sowing circle at the CWA.What on earth do these people have to offer to passing the laws that govern us?

In the early 70's when I started teaching, we had access to IQ scores etc - the average IQ for Australians was 80 - not 100 as would be expected. True - I know we could proceed on a never ending tour of how they were determined and whether justified etc etc. However it certainly was indicative of the situation then. I don't think it has changed much in Australia since then...particularly amongst our pollies.

CC..gut health is you know where medicine has failed, they have begun pumping foreign faeces into peoples bowels to restore natural bacterial balance..sounds disgusting, but works a treat apparently..

what a terrible and limp performance Turrnbull putt on in question time yesterday.

Goldman Sachs Rules The World?
"The People versus Goldman Sachs"
by Katherine Frisk
"........So who controls the European Union? One has to conclude, Goldman, Goldman Sachs. What is more:
Bankers from Goldman are strewn across key policy-making arenas across the world like no other financial institution. { e.g. "Untouchable" Turnbull. }
As well as the Governor of the Bank of England, his deputy Ben Broadbent is ex Goldman, as were two previous Monetary Policy Committee members, David Walton and Sushil Wadhwani.
Across the Channel, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi is a Goldman man, while in the US, Goldmanites make up a quarter of the Federal Reserve system’s regional presidents.
What becomes apparent as you wade deeper and deeper into the Goldman quagmire, is that, like Opus Dei, the Jesuits, the Marines, once a Goldman always a Goldman — no matter to which firm, corporation, financial or political establishment you might move, thereafter. And they are all over the world. The current Prime Minister of Australia being a prime example, he is an ex CEO of Goldman Sachs. Tony Abbot was made to step down because he made the blunder of saying that the situation in Syria today was worse than Hitler. That did not go down very well in certain quarters.
Is there an initiation ceremony for this? And if so what form does it take? Some kind of Satanic worship ritual perhaps, where you have to kill off your own clients to qualify and then collect the insurance on this “liability?”
Goldman Sachs is a major funder of the TPP and the TTIP. Here is their contribution to fast track it through congress:
Read on -