Tony Abbott certainly is a topical issue, as he was when B Tolputt wrote this piece for Café Whispers in September 2010. The first part of the article is outdated as far as news go, but not Tony Abbott’s modus operandi. It’s still the same. He hasn’t changed.
Tony Abbott will never change to be like the people. Instead, Rupert Murdoch is changing the people to be like Tony Abbott.
Read B Toplutt’s post (re-posted below) and you’ll agree that there’s nothing different about Tony Abbott in 2012 as there was in 2010. A leopard never changes its spots.
Here’s the original article:
Been a little while since I wrote something political. Combination of the daily bullshit dropping since the independent’s decision (though still daily, and still bullshit, it’s not the sole focus of the nation anymore) and the fact that my mind (and free time) were not in a place that makes article writing easy.
Well, this morning, as I watch my kids get ready for school from the lounge-room, I read yet another article about the “new Tony Abbott” and cannot help reflecting on recent events and noting he is no different to the “old Tony Abbott” – just as unfit for leading the nation and just as political (as opposed to honest) as before.
I’ll start with something that actually had my wife and I equally ticked off a few days back. The Liberals and Oakeshott’s bid for Speaker. The background being that both the Liberals & Labor signed off on principles of parliamentary reform they would enact – regardless of who gained government. The principle in question was the ability for an independent Speaker of the House with vote pairing. Now that the Liberals did not get government however, they are breaking their promise. Apparently, they didn’t do “due diligence” and didn’t know what they were agreeing to. Sorry, but that’s bullshit and I cannot think of anyone that actually believes that (though rusted-on voters might accept it with a wink and a nudge). The concept is so simple my ten year old understood it and yet the Liberal Party did not? Come on, you guys used up your quota of “frankly unbelievable bull-puckey” with the $11 billion difference of opinion in costings.
Quite simply, the issue is that the Liberals were willing to say anything to get into Government and now that they have to lose a vote to a left-ish independent on a variety of issues. Like core and non-core and their independently audited (*cough*bogus*cough*) costings – it still appears that a promise from the Liberals isn’t worth squat… even if it is “written down”.
Secondly is the meme that the right-wing talking heads are picking up from Tony’s talking points and running along with, regardless of reality. That is the one where “Labor are breaking promises already” along with implication that the Liberals wouldn’t. Which is complete and utter tripe! Both major parties were willing to discuss which promises they would & would not break in order to win over the independents. The Liberals did not front up to talks stating “We’re not going to change anything we promised”, they too provided a list of things they were willing to change in order to win power. Perhaps they never intended to keep promises made to the independents – they have form for that.
Then this morning’s headline of Tony Abbott to lead ‘party of ideas’ comes along with the story only making it to the second paragraph before stating:
But the Opposition Leader warned Julia Gillard he will stick to his guns on the mining tax, climate change and broadband policy.
That’s right, Abbott will lead a “party of ideas”… except he will only go along with any ideas that came along prior to 1980! On the mining tax, at least, we know where that is coming from. The Liberals are both the party of Big Business and would love to see Labor unable to meet spending commitments made on proviso of the mining tax. It wouldn’t matter that the Liberals wouldn’t fund those services/infrastructure either, that the mining tax was the prerequisite for providing them, or that it is the Liberal’s intransigence that prevented Labor from providing them – it is broken promises they can highlight for their talking heads in the Murdoch newspapers.
Honestly, my favourite line of the news story (and why I focus on Tony Abbott, not the Liberal Party as a whole) is the following:
But in a message to Labor and his own troops, he signaled he was not for turning on a carbon price…
In other words, the Liberals are a “party of ideas”… but only the ideas Abbott himself likes.
Meet the New Tony Abbott, same as the old authoritarian, dishonest, and frankly unelectable old Tony Abbott.