Thursday, March 24, 2011

In which Tony Abbott falls on his ass but doesn't get a special cookie from his mommy

In the Senate, Labor's Doug Cameron said he was concerned about "the disintegration of the Liberal Party". "The barbarians are at the gate of the Liberal Party," he said. "Who are these barbarians? They are extremists. They are Tea Party imitators. They are the remnants of Pauline Hanson's One Nation. They are the radio and newspaper bullies whose ignorance is in direct proportion to their pay packet. If you get close enough, you can smell the fear of the Liberal Party moderates as Mr Abbott leads them down the dry well of fear and ignorance."

Tea Party imitators? Members, more like. Did you see the spelling on some of those signs? I don't mean the basic illiteracy, I mean 'mom' for 'mum' and 'ass' for 'arse'.

Who wrote those signs and at whose behest? Who were the people carrying them? Were they actual Americans, or did they copy them boilerplate-style from some lunatic-fringe website?

Also, is that the Doug Cameron with the charming Scottish accent who quite some years back used to be a scone-hot rabble-rousing unionist extremist annoying the bejesus out of parliamentarians by running rings around them in arguments? I kind of liked him back then, too, but I like him even more now.

Quotation from here; more on the subject at Loon Pond; and Margaret Simon on the way The Australian, in contrast with The Age, is pretending this morning that none of it ever happened. Which in itself is telling; even The Australian has disowned this mob this morning.


EoR said...

And I thought I'd only imagined that "Mom" spelling as the cameras panned across the frothing day-release masses. How sad indeed.

Did they bus them in directly from the US?

Mindy said...

I don't care that Abbott won't apologise for the posters, he didn't make them personally, and Don Randall's explanation that the man holding it moved it into the photo after being told several times to put the poster away (but as D.R. said 'what are you going to do fight him for it?) is plausible. What I would expect him to do is say something like 'People are entitled to their views and to express them through peaceful protest. I do not [condone, share, agree with] those views however.' Otherwise, those people and the rest of Australia think you, Mr Abbott, agree with them. Even if you do, it's not really a politically sustainable position.

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

Whereas what he actually said was something like 'I don't think we should be too precious about this.' And merely a day or two after Christopher Pyne had whinged that the term 'climate denier' was really about the Holocaust and therefore, you know, rooly rooly nasty.

M-H said...

I saw that 'Mom' and so was alerted to its probable origins. I'm glad it wasn't just me.

The whole things would have been laughable if it hadn't been so sad, but I was upset by the ageism of a lot of the comments, especially on Twitter. I didn't think that the proportion of older people in the crowd was all that high, from what I saw on the ABC last night.

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

M-H, my sentiments exactly. But hey, why blame Boomers only for greedily buying up all the real estate they need to like, live in, and thoughtlessly going travelling after a lifetime of work, and selfishly taking the brief historical opportunity of cheap (not free) education, and 'spending their children's inheritance' (translation: the money they spent 30 years earning as split-shift sort-order cooks, which naturally their children should expect to have handed to them on a plate by right), when you can blame them for all sorts of bad right-wing madness as well? Also, do not get me started on the way Boomer-blamers completely ignore the gender question.

*goes off to take blood pressure medication*

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

Short-order. (Though I kinda like sort-order as well.)

The Elephant's Child said...

Unsurprising really. After all Johnny Howard wasn't quick or emphatic establishing any separation from the lovely Pauline. Though if it continues I am thinking that blood pressure medication should be available free.

M-H said...

Boomer-blaming... No argument from me. You read my rant about this at SkepticLawyer a few months ago?

Fyodor said...

That's not a Scotsman; this is a Scotsman.

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

Fyodor, why do I get the feeling that this is the world you live in?

And d'ye think he's based on Begbie?

Fine said...

This Scotsman is just a smidgin better.

Fyodor said...

"Fyodor, why do I get the feeling that this is the world you live in?"

My overweening delight.

"And d'ye think he's based on Begbie?"

It's a Glasgae thing.

Fine's right: Jamie McDonald's actually just a more [!] brutishly hostile version of Malcolm Tucker, the most brilliantly realised master of invective yet created by mortal man.

Marshall Stacks said...

"a special cookie from his mommy" ?

The Guardian has a Rich Tea biscuit report on the cakes for That Wedding:

'... William's favourite treat as a child.
Truly, there is a part of every native Englishman that never leaves the nursery, what what? True. You just have to hope that you end up married to one of the ones who are happy with rice pudding or a daft cake rather than those who require regular spanking in specialist Mayfair brothels.

I think we should stick to talking about biscuits. Why is Rich Tea the preferred option? They are famously frangible, as Peter Kay's rant about their "one-dunk" properties reminds us. The robust HobNob ("The marine of the biscuit world") would surely be a better choice. Ah, but the Rich Tea has more appropriate lineage. It was invented in the 17th century for the upper classes as light snack between meals and impregnating the scullery maids. Its most direct ancestor was baked for the first earl of Strafford by his chef Keryn Knight.

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...

We're everywhere!