THE LEFT MUST NOW REASSESS ABBOTT
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.
Don’t know about you but I have always loved the Chinese people. I love their culture, their honesty, their work ethic and their yummy food. I spent countless nights of my youth in China Town playing fan tan ‘til daybreak. We would sit talking over many beers for hours although none of us could speak the other’s language.
When I couldn't make myself understood I would draw a picture, much to their delight.
When I lived in China I could not leave a tip on a restaurant table without a waiter rushing after me attempting to return the money. I found their honesty and politeness, and their women, enchanting.
At least I could grasp the nuances of their language better than the Mandarin-speaking Kevin Rudd. When in China he had asked for a drink of water and was ushered to the toilet.
My two young children speak Mandarin better than Kev, but it’s way beyond me.
China's incredible Great Wall was built in defence of an enemy who eventually came from a different direction. The Japanese slaughtered, well no-one knows, but somewhere between 9 and 19 million, mostly gentle, rural villagers, yet strangely the holocaust remains by far the greater enduring headline.
In the mid 1940’s China could easily have invaded and conquered a crippled Japan. Instead it has chosen to argue over a few worthless islands.
China has never forgiven Kiang Kai-shek’s secession to Taiwan, in the same way we would be rather annoyed if Bob Brown did the same with Tasmania.
Tibet is not Chinese but massive rail and road links built by the Chinese will assist Tibet’s development and include it in the Sino century of prosperity. China has proved to have been on the right side of wars. Its support of North Vietnam and its moderating influence in North Korea is hardly the work of a war-mongerer.
Human rights is China’s weak spot but how can hundreds of millions be dragged from poverty into the middle class in less than half a century without a few private ideologies being trampled on the way... China’s irreversible way to the world’s major economic power.
Australia's Ord and Argyle will now be able supply a hungry Asian middle-class despite union concerns for wage disparities. A much mooted northern "economic zone" will fix that little problem.
Bill Shorten today repeated the lie that Whitlam was “the first” to visit China. This-oft repeated fallacy is a figment of the Left’s rewritten history books.
Hate to burst their bubble but it was Henry Kissinger who paved the way for Richard Nixon to breach the bamboo curtain when Mao Tse Tung (Zedong) first shook hands with the West in 1972. I remember it well. Whitlam merely followed later, as did many others.
The most surprising part of the G20 has been the performance of Tony Abbott; he has been relaxed, confident and decisive... and he did not allow Obama to hijack the economic debate with his global warming nonsense and confined it to a university lecture hall.
President Xi Jinping must have choked on his chop suey when he realised Obama had swallowed his commitment to emissions reductions by promising to increase them until 2030. I can understand Shorten swallowing that, but Obama?
I doubt Julia Gillard and her team could ever have sealed a free trade agreement that was a decade in the making, and certainly not Kevin Rudd. Bill Shorten? Well, you decide.
Media detractors will be many as they try to discredit and pick apart this free trade agreement. But this week has thrown Australia on to the world stage and under an arc light we will bathe in for centuries.
Australians, Left Right and Centre, should all join hands and revel as one in this watershed moment, but they won't.
Toward the end of Howard’s tenure, Tony Abbott approached his Liberal colleagues with a view to them accepting him as leader.
Their stunned reply? “Sorry Tony, but we have never really seen you in that way.”
From that moment Tony Abbott has struggled for acceptance. I too was wrong. I could not see Abbott as Prime Minister, but along with many others I have been forced to eat my words.
His lack of oratory skill, his awkward repetitiveness while searching for the right words and his strange penguin walk must now be accepted as part of his style of rule, he has not tried to hide it. He has grown with it, and we with him, leaving Fairfax and the ABC to wallow in their abashed refusal to accept him.
Well I’ll admit it, I was very wrong! Let’s see who else does... but don't hold your breath.