While perusing the blogs listed on Australian Blog Sites I came across a brilliant summary of Tony Abbott’s appearance on Insiders yesterday, which I found on Ash’s Machiavellian Bloggery and titled The King of Spin. Ash writes:
Tony Abbott made a guest appearance on INSIDERS today. The man has been absent from the interview circuit for some time letting his dogs of war take to the airwaves. But this time, the fuhrer himself made the speeches.
Barry Cassidy began the interview with a question about the last session of parliament. Abbott responded by saying that the ALP do not look like a government, but an alternative opposition. Barry asked him if the governments attack on him was getting to him. He asked Barry if he looked hurt. Barry added that he did say that the attack has been overly personal. And once more Abbott claimed that the Gillard government is acting like an opposition.
“She is making attacks on the opposition that are more characteristically the attacks the opposition makes on the government”.
TRANSLATION : When in opposition, you can use personal attacks. Governments are not allowed to do this apparently.
The conversation moved on to the tag of wrecker. Abbott claimed that if the government is using that tag, then obviously what he is doing is working. Problem though Tony is you really haven’t wrecked anything. You have not been effective if you had to change your tactics to in response to the latest polls. By the way, does this make you poll driven now Tony?
Barry then asked him but if you say something often enough and Abbott jumped in to show us what a clever little Rhodes Scholar he is and called it the Goebbels technique. He said if you keep repeating the big lie, people eventually believe it.
Ash has put together a great blog which I highly recommend visiting. Be prepared for a bit of a chuckle too.
I see Abbott’s appearance on SPINsiders as an announcement that we can expect to see a lot more of him in the New Year. The Tony Abbott media extravaganza will be under way as soon as Rupert calls all his troops together. Next year will seem like an election year. In my opinion the media in this country will do their best to see that one is called.