No matter what Julia Gillard says or does, the mainstream media (MSM) will seek out someone to have a whinge about it. Whether it’s wearing glasses, wearing new clothes, visiting Western Sydney or visiting a classroom, the MSM will miraculously find a throng of people who reckon Julia’s done a bad thing.
We never hear about what people think of Tony Abbott. Because he’s larger than God in the eyes of the MSM it would be blasphemy for a dissenting word to be muttered against him. Displeasure of the man is forbidden. Except for those who participate in social media, we never get to hear what the people on the street think of him.
So I started asking questions to random but willing subjects. The question to each was: “In a few words, what do you think of Tony Abbott?”
Here are the results.
John, 45 of Sydney:
He’s a brilliant Opposition leader but I don’t think he has what it takes to be PM. He lacks the diplomacy to be our nation’s leader and this would not help him on the word stage.
Vince, 68 of Melbourne:
He does wonderful work for this country. He will be like John Howard when he becomes PM.
Steve, 51 of Canberra:
He’s a f****** dickhead.
Tony, 26 of Canberra:
The way he runs from hard questions suggests to me he’s utterly gutless.
Jennifer, 62 of Melbourne:
I’m not interested in politics. Don’t know much about him.
Rebecca, 25 of Sydney:
I don’t really like the way he talks to the PM and behaves in Parliament. He really has problems with women. I reckon it’s sickening he now drags his daughters around with him everywhere for photo shots.
Gerry, 35 of Alice Springs:
He’s the only one who could stops the f****** boats and do something about the lazy black bastards.
Penny, 40 of Sydney:
He’s simply horrible and I can’t stand the sight of him.
Robert, 27 of Brisbane:
He’s so far behind the times it’s ridiculous. Just another Jesus freak out of touch with the real world.
Greg, 45 of Canberra:
He’s just a puppet for the billionaires.
Max, 82 of Sydney:
We had a bloke like him in Germany many years ago. His name was Adolf.
Megan, 31 of Sydney:
I think he’s creepy.
Peter, 37 of Canberra:
God help us if that idiot becomes PM. Does that tell you what I think?
John, 57 of Sydney:
I think every time he opens his mouth he talks shit.
Leon, 61 of Melbourne:
He’s tough. We need someone like him running this country.
Dave, 23 of Wagga:
Peter, 49 of Sydney:
I’ll form a better opinion when he releases his policies. We’ll see if he’s all talk.
Adrian, 48 of Adelaide:
Give me break. What do I think of Tony Abbott? I haven’t got all day.
Rosie, 52 of Sydney:
I think he’s adorable. He comes across as a wonderful husband and father. I don’t believe all that talk that he hates women. How could he with such a beautiful family?
Simon, 60 of Sydney:
He hasn’t got any balls. He needs to back up his words with actions. Real actions, not just putting out fires and reckoning he’s done enough.
Greg, 33 of Sydney:
Does nothing but suck up to Murdoch and Rinehart. I doubt he cares about the average Aussie.
Leslie, 47 of Melbourne:
He’s nothing to brag about.
Terry, 29 of Hobart:
He’s a jerk. I’d love to meet him in a dark alley and show him what a real man is like.
Jane, 23 of Melbourne.
Gross. Like totally gross.
Megan, 17 of Brisbane:
My dad likes him but my mum says he’s a creep. They always argue about him. I guess I’ll be on my mum’s side. She’s more sensible than dad.
Geoff, 30 of Melbourne:
The bloke scares the living shits out of me. We ain’t seen nothin’.
Luke, 31 of Townsville:
I’m a Liberal voter but I hope they get rid of him before the election. He’ll send us backwards.
Michael, 46 of Sydney.
He doesn’t come across as having a brain. He knows nothing about the important issues such as climate change or the economy.
Peter, 67 of Perth:
He’s a brilliant politician and will make an exceptional PM. I like the team he has around him.
Abdul, 22 of Sydney:
I think he’s racist and would like to have a white Australia.
Bob, 39 of Penrith:
Two things. He’s a liar and a policy-free zone.
Jenny, 51 of Canberra:
I hate the bastard.
Well there you go. That’s what a random sample of people think of Tony Abbott. He’s not as wonderful and universally loved like the MSM have lead us to believe.
Note: People were not asked who they would vote for. I’m sure that many of the respondents who despise Tony Abbott are still just as like to vote for the Coalition.