MR BEAN COMES A CROPPER
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.
A rich bloke should never be envied. The happiest times are had when you’re broke, only then are you completely free to embark on whatever venture you want without the restrictive ever-present managers, lawyers and hangers-on that limit imagination, growth and time with the family.
Friends when you’re broke are real friends. Friends when you’re rich are mostly opportunists.
Let’s face it, no-one goes hungry in Australia! You can only eat three meals a day, you can only sleep in one bed at a time, you can only hit one golf ball at a time and, unless you are extremely lucky, you can only shag one sheila at a time.
So Labor’s attack on Malcolm Turnbull, for no reason other than that he is loaded, reeks of electoral desperation. This ridiculous plan predictably turned pear-shaped on one of the Senate’s lower lives, a stupid little man dubbed Mr Bean who gave Shorten more pain than pleasure.
The Senate certainly gathers the scum. This wretched little Iranian rat, Sam Dastyari, has been making hay while the sun shines, nominating himself for every Senate committee going at up to $30,000 a pop to augment his already inflated pay packet.
He was gifted a Senate seat by the corrupt NSW Labor Party’s Right faction in return for doctoring ballot papers that helped get Bill Shorten elected as Labor leader. The dastardly Dastyari altered the addresses of 50 ballot papers prior to the vote.
It was suspected the rank and file intended voting against Shorten and in favour of Albanese. And that’s exactly what they did.
Shorten’s entrenched dislike among union membership is now coming to the fore in the polls.
Forget the 75 per cent of Caucus now required to oust an ALP Prime Minister and forget the 60 per cent required to oust an ALP leader when in Opposition. That nonsense was devised by a petulant Kevin Rudd who never came to terms with his own deserved dismissal.
Shorten knows his time is up and, as a last desperate hurrah, he has promoted swingers to the front Bench regardless of talent. They now have to sit on each other’s knees as the front bench outnumbers the back bench in a comical display of Shorten bench stacking!
The truth is that when Shorten receives the inevitable tap on the shoulder, it’s all over regardless of Rudd’s percentages. No leader can govern when most of his caucus wants him gone... that's just another example of Rudd’s woolly thinking and caucus’s slavish compliance.
The Rudd rule can also be changed by a caucus majority in the same way it was implemented!
That lovable larrikin PM John Gorton (the only PM ever recruited from the Senate) used his own deciding vote against himself when his caucus was deadlocked over a no-confidence vote.
He had the intelligence to realise he could not govern on the strength of only one vote... his own. It’s a shame Kevin Rudd wasn’t blessed with the same intelligence.
Sorry, I wandered off the track there a bit, but it will be interesting to see how dyed in the wool Libs decide in future between Labor and Turnbull, or if they decide on another Party.
Whatever the case, a vote may come sooner than expected as there has rarely been a better case for a snap election than right now for Turnbull.
He needs his own, rather than Abbott’s, mandate and he needs a May budget like a hole in the head.
But unlike in Abbott’s case, he doesn’t need a Double Dissolution, as Turnbull is more Senate amenable.