It’s only the first day of parliament, yet once again the leader of the Coalition, Tony Abbott, has shown himself to be an uncaring, insensitive, ambitious wally.
It wasn’t enuff that Abbott initially fumbled & fibbed thru his responses to the Liberal’s ‘anti-flood levy‘ email saga…and subsequently failed to respond appropriately on ‘Insiders’ to an obviously disgusted Barrie Cassidy when he pressed Abbott on whether he should put the flood donations first over the Liberal party needs…
but now, as handily linked to by Min & Migs on this site, we have Abbott fighting with his own cabinet members over cutting essential aid to Africa in order to make budget cuts.
Specifically, Abbott argued that $373 million should be shaved from the foreign aid budget.
Now, considering reports tell that Julie Bishop, Scott Morrison & Phillip Ruddock opposed the cuts, whilst key Nationals supported Abbott’s grotesque suggestion, this could in fact be a bit of a con game…a ruse to make key Liberal cabinet members look more moderate…at a time when Abbott & his cabinet are being scrutinised intensely over their oft hard-right approach to issues, and policy development.
Furthermore, it’s an opportunity to promote Morrison & Bishop during chaotic times for Abbott. In case he’s dropped…the Morrison/Bishop team takeover…leaving the more popular but possibly more moderate Hockey & Turnbull twisting in the wind. Possible.
Regardless, whether this be a ruse or just another mean-spirited stuff-up from Abbott…he’s proving himself to be the volatile & ambitious man many of us knew him to be…the showpony who’s quite willing to fib a bit here & there…do the odd contortionist act…play the mean-spirited pontificator…do anything, say anything it seems, to get himself out of the tangled webs he’s weaved for himself…and yet grab the limelight & attention he so desperately needs.
And like many of you, I haven’t failed to notice that time and time again, the moment his leadership is at crisis point, comes a Newspoll to the rescue – Abbott’s numbers as preferred PM are up?…yea, and my mother was born a Vulcan…
followed by some shock jock, News Ltd, Channel Nine & ABC ‘usual suspect’ support (Lateline last nite saw host Ali Moore, in smirking fashion, attempting to put the negative focus back on the PM, Julia Gillard – who in fact has performed much better this past fortnight.
Yes, they’re always there to save Tony’s bacon. Reliable as the Fox News that used to blast out anti-Democratic party hate from GW Bush’s home & offices. Or a high flyin’ Rush Limbaugh… apologist for all things Republican mean.
However, there are some of us in both the mainstream & alternative media who are not willing to let Tony Abbott off the hook so easily.
Mr. Negabore constantly farts on about making the government accountable…well…let’s have a good old look at some of Tony’s stuff-ups & apathetic responses over the past year or so…make him accountable as a leader…
and YOU readers can judge for yourselves if this man is suitable to lead the Opposition…and perhaps one day lead this culturally, economically, climate complex country.
THE ABBOTT COCK-UPS:
– The latest email saga…the opportunistic politicising of natural disasters
– Climate change science is “absolute crap”:
“The argument is absolute crap. However, the politics of this are tough for us. Eighty per cent of people believe climate change is a real and present danger.”
– An $11 billion black hole to costings revealed during the election under his crafty leadership
– Walking out of press conference when queried over costings
– Broadband: lack of knowledge as demonstrated on 7:30 Report…& failure to sell policy
– Pathetic attempt to buy Andrew Wilkie’s support…poorer negotiating skills than Gillard’s led to Independents supporting ALP to form government
– Cycling for 10 days during election campaign
– Promoting himself in Speedos that led to him eventually burning them in public
– The pathetic Neil Mitchell interview where Abbott couldn’t respond honestly over whether the shadow cabinet had rolled him or not on the payments to stay-at-home Mums idea:
Mitchell: “What was your plan for a $10,000 payment to stay-at-home mums?”
Abbott: “There isn’t any such plan.”
But Mitchell pressed on: “It’s a simple thing. Was this discussed, was it raised, was it rejected?”
Abbott: “There was a discussion about many things and I am not saying that this wasn’t one of the things that was discussed but the important thing is what we decided – and what we decided is that the reckless spending must stop.”
– Travelling to UK conservative convention instead of visiting troops first…followed by a gung-ho, action man photo-op with gun in hand:
“I thought it was important to do this trip justice, I didn’t want to get here entirely in a jetlagged condition…”
– Running away from a one-on-one economic debate with Julia Gillard…including saying the following ridiculous comment:
“Now, are you suggesting to me that when it comes from Julia, no doesn’t mean no?”
– Views on homosexuality as spoken on Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes:
“I probably feel a bit threatened, as so many people do. It’s a fact of life.”
– Admitting he’s sometimes a bullsh*tter on 7:30 Report:
“I know politicians are going to be judged on everything they say but sometimes in the heat of discussion you go a little bit further than you would if it was an absolutely calm, considered, prepared, scripted remark… The statements that need to be taken absolutely as gospel truth are those carefully prepared scripted remarks.”
These were some of the great Abbott moments that I could recall off the top of my head…the quotes with some help from the following useful blog posts:
Tony the Untrustworthy
Tony Abbott’s Struggle With the Truth
Abbott Caught Out Dodging Truth on Reckless Spending
I then asked our ever-dependable blogger & informative commentor Min if she could remember any other instances of Abbott stuffing up…she replied (and I couldn’t have put it better myself):
What about his beaut idea to do with turning the boats back. I believe that it was during a radio interview that the interviewer asked something along the lines of “But how will the navy know which boats will be seaworthy enough to be able to turn back.”
Abbott’s reply was that he would have a hot line to each patrol boat to give them instructions..he was probably thinking of himself as a US style president with a hot phone.
This made me smile. I was visualising son & crewmates sitting twiddling their thumbs waiting for Abbott to get off the dunny :)))
But VIP an Australian Prime Minister cannot give ‘orders’ to enlisted personnel as a PM is NOT head of the defence forces (as is the US President), the Governor General is. The reason of course being is that the PM is only the PM because they are the head of a political party and enlisted personnel swear allegiance to Australia and not to a political party. It was just one of Abbott’s brain f*rts..saying the first thing that popped into his puny little brain..for a so-called clever man he’s very very stupid!
Bringing in a 2-tier marriage system in Australia – one to be ‘faults based’. By gee I wonder which men would be coercing their women into the faults’ based one? The bullies?
Spot on Min.
And to think that some reporting for the MSM stated that Abbott had basically had a “gaffe-free election campaign”. How bankrupt & kowtowin’ can ya get?
So I ask you, the readers, is this man to be trusted running our government?
Tony Abbott had his Frost/Nixon moment outside parliament today…pressured by Ch. Seven’s reporter Mark Riley on why he seemed to make light of QLD soldier Lance Corporal McKinney’s death in Afghanistan by saying “shit happens” to the soldier’s unit during his visit…
Abbott stood on the grounds of parliament visibly shaking like an old man with palsy…nothing emerging from his gobsmacked self. The awkward pregnant pause lasted more than a minute as Abbott melted down…as tho his brain had been snap frozen then torched:
Could this be the final gaffe for Abbott as leader, as his popularity will surely melt like his brain did…and his party will finally be forced take the knives to this mouth before wicket prone politician.
Mr. (far too casual at times) Negabore Abbott may have left the Coalition with no choice…having driven himself off the cliff.
The past has come a calling.