ALP spin goes viral

Labor and supporters are pushing the “brilliant Gillard attack” on Abbott’s motion to de chair Slipper. Look, they say, it’s gone viral overseas – why don’t you Aussies appreciate the quality of her attack. The ABC stuck with the line all day yesterday with the text at the bottom of the screen shouting “GILLARD’S SPEECH GOES VIRAL”. The ‘viral overseas’ line is a McTernan construct. He realized, most probably about halfway through the speech, that it would not be received well in Australia where Slippers behaviour and Abbott’s non-misogyny was well understood. Sending copies of the speech to friends overseas who could be relied upon to rally to the cause in ignorance of the full facts, or even in knowledge of the facts, would enable him, ALP ministers, his staff and compliant media to announce the speech has gone viral. To castigate Abbott for misogyny in a debate about Slipper beggars belief and frankly I don’t care if the speech went viral. That simply underlines the power of social media, not whether Julia’s speech was good or not. Stephanie Gardiner at the Sydney Morning Herald notes Julia’s speech “impressed overseas political pundits.
The Prime Minister’s 15-minute speech condemning misogyny and attacking Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s history of comments about abortion, women’s roles in the home and their ability to wield authority has impressed political pundits in the US and Britain.
Stephanie quotes who starts their piece with “Australia’s prime minister Julia Gillard is one badass motherfucker”. A class opening line and reading through the website they obviously have the hots for Julia. Feminism…not married…no religion – a perfect role model for their website. isn’t as radical as Jezebel but they are clearly a pro Democrat site. Alex Massie at the Spectator says Julia is more than a man’s bitch but the enlightment is in the comments. It makes sense that McTernan had people ready to go online and support Julia. Tim Andrews at Menzies House says;
No-one, it seemed, bothered to check Fairfax’s sources – or just who these great “political pundits” were. Indeed, it would seem that Ms Gardiner was careful to not name names. And for good reason – if she had named exactly who some of these “political pundits” were, she would have been laughed right out of a story.
He goes on to question the bulk of quotes I can almost sympathise with the rusted on ALP supporters starved of any positives from their party to be all over this “speech gone viral” construct but really guys it hasn’t gone viral where it matters.


Realizing that most Aussies picked up on the hyprocisy of the ALP, Greens and Independents voting to keep an obscene misogynist in the chair whilst attacking Abbott who is anything but a misogynist, The Age and SMH felt obliged to put a positive spin on the day. Knowing that they wouldn’t get any in Australia they went overseas and sure enough they found newspapers and blogs that praised Julia Gillard for her attack on ‘high and mighty’ Abbott (as one source reports). As usual both papers carried identical reports, and as usual, both missed the point. Gillard and the ALP are our embarrassment and we don’t care what foreigners think – we just wish they would look elsewhere until we can rid ourselves of the debacle that is the current parliament. One would have to wonder how the women in the ALP face their electorates, or for that matter, themselves, having voted to keep Slipper in the chair. How can any of them now occupy the high moral ground on any matter and, more importantly, how can any of them attack Abbott for being a misogynist when they have already shown they support misogyny if it suits their political agenda. The quoted foreign press and bloggers need to be told they are lauding a woman who supports misogyny when it suits her purpose and for that reason alone she has no credit in this country. There are some locals who still think she is OK but even they recognize hyprocisy when they see it and in the quiet moments must wonder how it all went so wrong. How can we survive another year of the ALP. How much further damage can they do? Only time will tell but the short answer is they can do a lot of damage in the time they have left and it will take the country years to recover.

Boat people still coming

Paying lip service to a problem doesn’t make it go away as I opined in mid September;
The difference? (between Howard’s solution and Gillard’s) Despite the obvious lack of TPVs the boat people realized Howard really meant to stop the boats while they have clearly interpreted Gillard’s plan as having no teeth. As I have said previously, she only did something to get the boat people off the front page. It’ll simply get worse as the ALP move onto new innovative and previously unheard of ways of stuffing the economy.
Two weeks later, with Labors non-threat in play the boats haven’t even paused. In fact we are heading for another record season. From The Australian;
THE Gillard government’s offshore processing regime is running behind schedule with just 150 asylum-seekers sent to Nauru, despite expectations 500 boatpeople would be housed on the island by the end of September. The threat of being sent to Nauru does not appear to be working as a deterrent, as 1107 people are thought to have arrived in Australian waters on 17 boats since the first planeload of transfers touched down on the tiny Pacific island on September 14. Customs and Border Protection yesterday confirmed the interception of the fifth vessel in less than 48 hours carrying 146 asylum-seekers and three crew.
Do the ALP really think that the voters aren’t noticing? My statement that it’ll simply get worse
…as the ALP move onto new innovative and previously unheard of ways of stuffing the economy.
is also proving correct as Wayne Swan tells us the that economically matters are on the improve with the nation’s debt now standing at $43.7 billion rather that $44.4 billion previously noted. This encouraging revelation is backed up by Penny Wong saving $200 odd million by making public servants fly cattle class. Wayne says “Well done Penny”! I say WTF, the debt is 43.7 billion leaving Penny a long way to go before she gets a “Well done” from me, or I suspect, from the voters
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