The Pickering Post
Thursday, 23rd November 2017

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IT’S TIME

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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I used to say that I would go to Margie’s funeral to pay my respects but I would go to Gough’s funeral to make sure he was dead. Of course that is quite uncalled for and in extremely bad taste now that he has gone. 

But to be honest, he disliked me intensely and I detested him. As the Left today will recall with sombre reverence his many legacies, I will remember him for the irreparable damage he caused this nation, damage that will continue to last generations. 

I recall his economic illiteracy, the unwavering belief in himself, his disdain of mere mortals and his self-acclaimed intellectualism, it was painful. Had he been competent in the slightest, it was a pain I could have endured.

Gough, with his corrupt Cabinet, was unable to serve one complete term of Office and what he did serve was utter mayhem. 

The Left decry his sacking but Gough, bereft of supply, was quite prepared to go down in flames and take the nation with him.

The ensuing general election was an exercise in what the Australian people really thought of him.

Crean, who printed money like there was no tomorrow. Connor, who tried to borrow even more from a shady loan shark called Khemlani. Cairns, the unabashed communist root rat. Attorney General Murphy, who escaped jail by dying. Grassby the drug lord who dressed with the light off. 

Gough’s team made Gillard’s look like the Luton Boys’ Choir.

Just one example of Gough’s economic empty headedness was his grand idea to provide housing for young Labor voting couples who could not break into the housing market (much like today). He dumped a borrowed $500 million (a lot in those days) into the banking sector at a ridiculously low rate of interest.

Instead of assisting young couples, the banks predictably lent the money to existing home-owners who upgraded to bigger, better homes. Why not? After all they had the security in their current homes the banks wanted. Not one new house was built and the resultant increased demand on existing houses put them even further out of reach of the young couples, who were supposed to vote Labor, but in the end they didn’t.

But Gough’s real crown of thorns was his Schools’ Commission and his fixation with phonetic spelling. The real legacy left by Gough is the kids of today who cannot spell, or construct a sentence. 

But never mind, Gillard’s Labor fixed that with a multi-billion Gonski scheme that will do nothing to educate teachers, but will certainly ensure they are paid better. 

Kids now lack communication skills, the ability to express themselves, and there is no-one to teach them because the teachers of today were Gough’s pupils of yesterday. 

English Expression and Latin are lost subjects, exchanged for ethereal ideological Social Studies’ subjects that extol a global-warming hoax and a One World Government.

Yes, that’s the real legacy of Gough... kids without communication skills who in frustration resort to violence to explain themselves and journalists without the ability to sub-edit their own work.

Most wars are fought between nations who don’t speak the same language and if one has lost the art of its own language what chance has interpretive negotiation? 

Prepare for an avalanche of teary tributes today but my tears are for my kids and my country.



Comments

lived, devil heliose, whatever your name is, if graduates pay for those coming after them with the tax they pay, who then has to pay for roads hospitals schools, defence etc. Just admit most of these useless arts degree uni students are just bludging on the system

Hey Lived. Thanks, you've just revolutionised my understanding of consolidated revenue and the socialist notion of wealth redistribution.

They need 500 paid up members. Also check out the Australian Liberty Alliance.com

Snap!

The public image they displayed in England when they were there was an embarrassment to all Aussies there at the time. I will not shed a tear for Whitlam I shed a tear for my Grandchildren, my own children I taught the way I was taught at school at home when I realized they were not learning how to read properly or comprehend what they read, with the stupid phonetics method what about the quizenaire rods such a great idea so they said. My husband was an apprentice butcher when we were married his pay was only low, we managed to pay for rent etc & private health cover. The system did work until the importance of having free medicare and Uni fees was thrust on us. I couldn't believe that girl on the Bolt today who thought it was great he gave women the vote Pathetic!

Lived - You sound as though you are a couple of sandwiches shot of a picnic. Get some medical help.

"I recall his economic illiteracy, the unwavering belief in himself, his disdain of mere mortals and his self-acclaimed intellectualism, it was painful. Had he been competent in the slightest, it was a pain I could have endured." - this epitomises all in Labor, then and now. I have had the displeasure of meeting some Labor acolytes who show their ignorance as they express airs and graces about their intellect and standing. Boorish rainwashed puppets, the lot of them. Typical of Lisa Wilkinson, Peter Ophirton, Mike Carlton, and many others.

Whitlam's ego and self opinion knew no bounds an unfortunately u had to live through and suffer his consequences. My father was staunch Labour until in just one week the prices of nearly all household goods doubled, Whitlam just jetted off overseas and this was a turning point and he lost Labour forever. He also pegged the Australian dollar higher than it's U.S. counterpart. At the same time he had no control over Hawke who had the unions out of control and I well remember an incident where the aussie wharfies took action against the U.S which led to retaliatory action from U.S. waterside workers. An issue which Keating was very critical of Hawke for many years. Whitlam continued to fail miserably when he tried to make an issue of the american bases here in Australia as a bargaining chip

The only thing Whitlam did for this country, was to get himself sacked, terrible man, terrible leader, sick of the ABC, SBS, talking up this man who tried to sell this Country down the gurgler. Intelligence is dying a rapid death in this Country.

Feel a bit sorry for the couple in Kew this week who shelled out three million bucks for what has emerged as the birthplace of Gough Whitlam. An ordinary pile by any standard- it was destined for - and approved for demolition. Apparently Gough wasn't there for long - maybe not even long enough to develop his 'Communistical' ways -but Labor powers at Spring Street have demanded the demolition order be withdrawn and the property Heritage listed. It looks like they are going to win too. Which hopefully will mean lots of compensation - from the council - to the poor buggers who had grander plans for the block of land where this iconic working class pile now sits.

Of course we need to be consistent. Let's also find - and resurrect the car Kevin Rudd and his siblings lived in when times were tough and he too developed his hatred for silver spoon Liberals. Heritage list the bugger which was probably an old Vauxhall or FJ and mount it in the Power House Museum or the foyer of Parliament House under the Arthur Boyd Mural.

Gillard's birthplace should be slapped with a blue plaque immediately as well- that two up - two down - coal miner's cottage where greatness was conceived by her then unknowing parents. They just wanted a root - but instead spawned the daughter of Beelzebub set to turn lesbians, Union bosses, hairdressers and even the odd politician on their heads.

The fibro commission home in Bankstown, where Keating developed his self-centered ways, should also be turned into a cultural monument for the people. And Hawke's white couches and terry toweling dressing gown should be placed behind glass in the hallway of his birthplace in Perth.

Time is the great healer - and while we may never get over what Whitlam and his unruly cohorts got us in to - we should iconize his perceived greatness (being vigorously promoted by the Labor faithful), and identify shrines from their very dodgy and humble pasts. Mind you - if you are under the age of 46- you would not know what Whitlam did and might accept this sort of unjustified eulogization on face value. But those of us who are older - remember. And Whitlam does not deserve praise on the scale that it is being given. He was eventually voted out of office by a landslide majority. You can't argue with that. Of course, Gough went through life believing his myths until the day he died. Comrades.

Greedy Unions milking the tariff barriers killed off the tarrifs. same as the car unions milking the barriers and the government subsidies. The gravy train has to stop eventually usually with many people going broke and job losses.

I hate to admit my ignorance, but I was not interested in politics then, But after "the dismissal" did Whitlam sit in Parliament in opposition, after he lost the election to Fraser or did he resign there and then and bludge off the tax payer for the next forty years?

I read this morning of an interview with HSC history students who had to study the Whitlam government's "achievements". On girl said that Whitlam gave women the vote.

What hope do we have if kids are coming out of school with this level of what can only be called misinformation indoctrination drummed into them by their so-called teachers?

I read this morning of an interview with HSC history students who had to study the Whitlam government's "achievements". On girl said that Whitlam gave women the vote.

What hope do we have if kids are coming out of school with this level of what can only be called misinformation indoctrination drummed into them by their so-called teachers?

Under Whitlam I lost my job, the country was in chaos and remained so until this day. God help us if labor will ever come into power again as this chaos is inbreed into everything that they do. The leftwing comrades are still out in force as our universities have made sure to breed new generations of Whitlam's (UWS) all over our nation and our political divine. RIP Mr Whitlam as you have ruined and left allot of people lives in tatters just like the labor Hawke/Keating governments did after you that sent me broke with 17-26% interest rates.

I was introduced to Whitlam just prior to his election with the comment I will introduce

I was introduced to Whitlam prior to his election and i was told just prior to this

another example of Whitlam's economic empty headedness was removing our trade tariffs while at the same time other countries didn't reciprocate. Our balance of trade was destroyed and then all the imports that flooded in and destroyed many of our manufacturing industries. Don't forget about the tourist Prime Minister who jumped in plane a took off overseas whenever things got tough or another of his scandals erupted.

Instead of assisting young couples, the banks predictably lent the money to existing home-owners) and that was clever and a good thing?? The money was guaranteed, Absolutely no honesty or integrity anymore. Millions must be spent to shore up every loophole so some corporate smart- arse lawyer or member of the white shoe brigade can't use schemes designed to help the less fortunate as money makers. 10 BA tax scheme to stimulate film and arts in Oz turned into a tax rort, medibank rebate scheme had Specialist doctors fabricating receipts,(not like they were pushed for a quid) Even the recent insulation scheme ..was all about how hurried the scheme was... Nothing about the Arseholes just wanting to make a motza. ..the kid who died from heat stroke had a mental disability for F sake.

of course they would, but we should be better. We shouldnt criticise them and then do the same. The gloating and personnel villification of thatcher straight after she died was appalling. I dont have a problem with criticising his govt record straight after his death, people should be truthful and should know the truth, but the personnel attacks and gloating could wait