The Pickering Post
Wednesday, 12th December 2018

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... they simply hang around and create havoc

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.


When Julia Gillard ousted Kevin Rudd I advised her (for her own benefit) to display some magnanimity and give him back his beloved Foreign Affairs portfolio. Instead she used a casual Senate vacancy to humiliate him and gifted the juicy portfolio to an unelected Bob Carr. 

Bob was part of the NSW Right faction instrumental in her gaining the top job.

I suggested to her that Kevin, if left in the House, would background, leak and relentlessly undermine her. It’s in Kevin’s nature to do that... and he did exactly that, until Caucus had no choice but to sack Gillard and re-elect Rudd to face the voters.

Foreign Affairs is Cabinet’s plum job, second only to Leader. It’s an ego-stroking post of first-class world travel and talking guff to world leaders who have to rush to Wikpedia to find out who the hell you are.

The Foreign Affairs post allows the Minister to mainly float above dirty day-to-day politics and, if Kevin had maintained it, he would have had no time or reason for vengeance. He would be far too engrossed in his own magnificence.

But Julia won no prizes for judgment or foresight and she paid the ultimate penalty.

When darling of the Left, Malcolm Turnbull was sacked as Leader of the Libs, he announced his retirement from politics. But bile burns deep in the gut of those spurned, particularly those who consider themselves intellectually superior to others, and he quickly changed his mind. 

There were things yet to be redressed for Malcolm.

He flatly refuses to deny he still harbours leadership ambitions. He reads polls and has noticed that Tony Abbott, who wrested the leadership from him by one vote, is about as popular as a roast pig at Ramadan.

He is no threat to Abbott now, but the time will come when Abbott’s popularity will be the defining difference between winning and losing an election. 

As is always the case, a Party will opt for winning an election and Abbott, although he is twice the man that Turnbull is, will not go quietly. 

It’s been a half century since the Libs had a Leader who hung on by one tenuous vote... John Gorton, as PM, cast a vote against himself for the sake of Party unity. And that sort of self harm for the sake of others won’t occur again.

Turnbull has done magnificently in the Communications job untangling Conroy’s expensive mess, but to ignore that he covets the leadership is foolhardy. 

Bolt and Jones are wrong! Of course the Libs love Abbott and despise Turnbull, but it’s wise to consult recent history, because it shows Uncle Malcolm is far from out of a future race. 

Recent history shows Labor loved Gillard and despised Rudd before re-electing him to improve their chances at an election.

Abbott is due for a Cabinet mini-shuffle and he should plan for love having its limits.


What is it about Liberal ex-leaders with the name of Malcontent? Fraser has moved further left than Stalin, and Turncoat is Labor's best weapon.

Well chasser on most of what you said I totally agree and will add that it seems too much of a coincidence that the firms that come with hat in hand to the government for money are all heavily unionized which tells the story. And it really pisses me off when unions price themselves out of a job and then demand the government has to retrain the redundant workers, those workers the unions made redundant by the way.

Yep....we "shit for Brains, Dumb Bimbos"...

chaser>>>> The Labor party/Unions certainly did not give a fig when they pushed the wages so high business could not compete. Answer me this. Why dod the Laborparty/Unions not buy GMH and Ford factories and start running the all Australian car company thus employing their members and make a dollar for Australia at the same time.

No you probably dont vote labor chaser, that would be too clever, your definatley a green commo

chasser done put us right....we be "shit for brains " and "dumb bimbos"....I guess that is a promotion of sorts and we should be thankful for the elevation.....Oh how I wish for the day when we can come to our own sound conclusions.....JF

by your comments chaser I agree with you , you do care little for this country!

I think you are talking about the wrong party you lefty chasser, just like the abc show, piss off back there

I think I will go and read Hong Kong Unveiled.

They hang around.......... and cost us buckets of money.

Waldo, I have, I just call it as I see it!

ct404, I haven't noticed that I thought that Waldo's "hard hitting" comments were tongue in cheek and sometimes self deprecating, I will try and read more into to it as you have done

ct404, whilst Waldo's avatar doesn't make him a Brad Pitt, (more like a Norman Gunstan whatabe) I haven't found him to be nasty, stupid or biased.

Waldo, it amazing that such a hard hitting comment as you made can generate so many posts, you Sir are a legend! Some say you are the new George Negus, I say you are the Walter Cronkite of our time, or even....... Homer Simpson, indeed!

Back soon Waldo, you raging conflagration. I am out to get the Pol Roger. No no, Waldo, not that roger, the champagne Roger. Giggle, giggle, giggle.

ct404, you sound like a god botherer.

My oh my. Looks like someone is missing out. What a pity. Must be something to do with a crappy outlook. Hugggggggs Waldo. Giggle, giggle, giggle.

Oooooooo, Mr Elder. Fresh air is the spice of life. My petal Waldo and I need lots of fresh air. When we get together, the room has to be well ventilated, as the CO2 builds up very fast. Waldo and I generate so much CO2 we need to buy carbon credits. Your shout tonight Waldo, my uncontrollable bush fire. Giggle, giggle, giggle.

Waldo you are so humble !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Waldo, I have nothing to say just trying to get to 60 posts!