The Pickering Post
Monday, 22nd October 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.


The short answer is, “What drugs are you on?” But the long answer is more interesting and it doesn’t make the method of his execution any more palatable than Gillard’s execution of Rudd and it exposes the venomous vixens that still lurk the halls of power.

Let’s face it, there are many top cricketers who are never seen as foreman material. Captaincy requires three things: Skilful judgment, ability on the field of play and authority in the sheds. Abbott possessed only one of those fine traits. Rudd possessed none of them.

But did either deserve his first term in Office to be cut short? It came as a shock to both, there was a perception, even an expectation that, given the presidential nature of our electoral system, at least one full term was a given.

And if you think our voting system ain’t very presidential then consider this: Although the unionised ideology of the Labor Party has not changed at all in 40 years, its leaders have. Whitlam was highly electable, as was Rudd (until the electorate got to know them) but Shorten is totally unelectable, despite unchanged statements of faith.

It’s rare that a sitting PM is rejected in his own electorate. So, there is a high presidential component in the Westminster electoral system. The leader is important, so it’s difficult to see Shorten winning an election with a preferred PM figure of 15 per cent despite the two-party preferred figure being competitive.

So, if you accept a presidential component in our election process then we the voters have been unceremoniously dudded. Whitlam, Rudd and now Abbott were used to win elections for parties that had no trust in them or their philosophies, if indeed they had one.

Whitlam was a megalomaniac who had no interest in factions or unions. He was a visionary with myopia and his party eventually killed him, Kerr merely carried out the jury’s sentence. Rudd was a sociopath who also had no time for factions or unions so his party killed him too, despite having the temerity to resurrect him only to save some furniture in the 2013 election.

Tony Abbott was good enough as Opposition leader to win a record landslide election and bury Rudd and Gillard for all time but his style as PM was not acceptable to his party, so he too was killed off.

Not one of the three expected to be knifed. Not one noted the ominous warnings; an assassination from within was an unthinkable concept. Had he known, Whitlam could have sacked Kerr. Had he known Rudd, could have sacked Gillard. Had he known, Abbott could have sacked Bishop (and of course had Gillard known, she could have sacked Rudd).

Foreknowledge may not have saved them anyway, but they didn’t know, they had prepared no defence, history was falling into place all around them while their swords remained safely sheathed and their muskets uncocked.

Political probity is a thing of the past, media has been physically and monetarily bankrupted by on-line blogs, social intercourse and lightning quick information exchange. We no longer need to wait for the 6 o’clock news or tomorrow’s paper. News is instantaneous and it’s accompanied by a million opinions.

But back to Abbott. You probably wouldn’t find a more decent bloke anywhere but I, like many others in his own party, never saw him as PM material. The ABC and Fairfax felt the same way and embarked on a ruthless mission to get him. Fairfax had every right to do that... but did the ABC?

The current system invites political parties to elect their leaders on the basis of their ability to win elections, not to effectively govern a nation. And who cares anyway if they can be replaced in their first term with another more electorally palatable puppet.

What has happened is politically wrong to all fair-minded observers except those in Fairfax and the ABC.

It’s enough to drive a monarchist to a republic; with an elected President holding executive powers above both Houses of Parliament, where he can set the world on fire in a blind ideological fervour, where he can bankrupt the nation and declare Islamic terrorism to be workplace violence.

Careful what you wish for.   


the EU was the worst thing that ever occurred.

Liberals has lost all credibility when they gave the Prime Ministership to Malcolm Turnbull, as many here that he is a left leaning politician. I do not think that the Liberal Party will rise from the ashes anytime soon, as most conservatives will not be returning to the fold. Whether their will win the next coming Federal Election next year is yet to be seen.

Turnbum and Bishop are shits - so there.

OMG ~ We concern ourselves with real Issues of our kids being over run by extremis religious sectors in the Future and now we have consider a remote possibility of an embarrassing buffoon endeavourign to rise form the grave~

Lord Monckton predicted the ousting of Tony Abbott ....Alan Jones radio show..

Nun on The Panel is wearing an upside down cross. Satan stuff. I said, SHE was the on that appeared to be saying relation to the 'motivation'.weeeelll..depending on how conspiratorial you want to be...if you accept that the Saudis are actually jews..and the claims by the current Israeli leadership , Bibi and co, that they cannot directly link their DNA to the ancient Israelites, and the State of Israel is in fact a ZION home state for the RKM mafia, and islam is being used as a weapon to suppress the Palestinians directly but also to take away the freedoms of the goyim in the West (thats us)..then you could argue its a bit of misdirection from Pamela, avoiding the real underlying threat of the Central Bank Mafia cartel and their TPP Global control, while pointing out the obvious (though staged ) threat of islam

dusty..scary think about Pamela, is she claims shes a paid zionist least that is how I understood it...she understands islam..and has been a quest of the Q society, which was the seed from which ALA appeared as I understand it

Judas's everywhere...Europeans would sell their own mothers into prostitution if it meant making a buck...oh wait...who needs brothels and prostitutes when there are moslems around..they just pack rape anything that moves..from pet goats, to females, males of any age, including dead people (that's why they have to bury their dead so fast)...I can see why the Pope loves islam so much

BK; agree she is the Bish/Bisch for sure.

abbot was a hero and the best pm this country's had in years since the howard government

nobody liked him because he was the face behind alot of very tough calls

its easy to cling onto power with promises of free money and benefits to all especially when its handed to you in surplus however when that system becomes unsustainable and dangerous and you have to cut it your not going to be very popular

abbot was a reformer in the short 2 years he was in power he did more then any of the last 3 governments did, he stopped the boats, axed the carbon tax set up free trade agreements and passed a shitload of anti terrorism law which im thankful we have today

turncoat better either hurry up and contribute something to continue abbots legacy or fuck back off to the back bench

moslems are paedophiles. They worship and revere mohammad a paedophile.

TV studios exist in the ACT I believe. So simple really!

Wonder if any of them have heard of a television hook-up.... there was actually no need for her to travel at all! All part of the 'take'..

Clip-clop, clip-clop, neighhh!!!

Swashbuckler Style. I like it Jack.

I just said I wanted to tie you up Alter. I know you are kinky love, nothing about free speech, more about free love.

its cheap as well.

I'll have another White Russian thanks Jack. No cream thanks....just more Vodka.