Vale Bob Hawke
Bob Hawke is dead.
He was Labor’s longest-serving Prime Minister and arguably its best.
And the pygmies who serve us today.
Tony Abbott brought the fires of hell upon himself when he tweeted this:
Statement on the death of The Hon Bob Hawke AC, GCL: pic.twitter.com/M8fzbFlVTE
— Tony Abbott (@TonyAbbottMHR) May 16, 2019
He was correct.
But his honest appraisal – written many times about Hawke when he was alive – brought a torrent of nasty abuse from people who also sought to wrap themselves in Hawke’s legacy.
You lack grace. In fact, you are complete trash.
— Nick Staikos MP (@NStaikos) May 16, 2019
And so much more was in newspaper articles, masquerading as news:
I was on the ALP national conference & national executive when Hawke led on the key reforms which changed Australia for the better. Of course he and Keating had to win the arguments but he had the guts to lead. You didn’t. History will judge Hawke as a giant. You a midget https://t.co/094eDHEXDJ
— Peter Beattie (@SmartState1) May 16, 2019
This tribute to one of Australia’s most loved PMs by Tony Abbott, reminds you why he is one of the most loathed. https://t.co/lwTnx0YQhV
— Tom Gleeson (@nonstoptom) May 16, 2019
This has exposed the true grubs.
Hanson’s mad as hell and she’s not going to take it anymore
for some reason, journalists think politicians are punching bags.
Hanson’s over it. Yesterday, she fought back.
Today co-host Deborah Knight interviewed the Queensland Senator and brought up successive opinion polls that show her party’s primary vote has collapsed, almost halving over the course of the campaign.
“The latest Newspoll, it shows support for One Nation collapsing to four per cent, on par with Clive Palmer’s party,” Knight said.
“In light of all the things you’ve faced, all the scandals, all the things that have been going on, can you really blame people for having their doubts about One Nation and considering Clive (Palmer) over you?”
Knight was brought in to replace him and co-host the show alongside Georgie Gardner, and viewers haven’t meshed with the new format.
“I’ve actually gone up since the last election, unlike your show, Deb, since you’ve actually taken over,” Senator Hanson said. “You’ve actually gone down in your viewership.”
“Ooh, you’re having a go,” Knight interjected.
She sure was.
Hanson also gave us the best pitch of the entire election:
Pauline Hanson: "A vote for One Nation in South Australia will be a vote to get rid of Sarah Hanson-Young. And you'll do us all a favour on the floor of parliament in the senate." That would do everyone a favour, not just on the floor of parliament. pic.twitter.com/CRPHyPpaEe
— Keira Savage (@KeiraSavage00) May 15, 2019
That plea will be more successful than Alex Turnbull’s robocall to the electors of Flinders (audio at the video link). Talk about tin-eared.
BTW … Alex Turnbull tweeted this ohtoshopped image of Toyn Abbott.
He’s a class act.
It’ll be as successful as the notoriously awful Operation Clark Country, where Guardian readers in the 2004 election contacted voters in Clarke County Ohio after 24 hours.
The Guardian yesterday ran up the white flag and called a halt to “Operation Clark County”, the newspaper’s ambitious scheme to recruit thousands of readers to persuade American voters in a swing state to kick out President George W Bush in next month’s election.
The cancellation of the project came 24 hours after the first of some 14,000 letters from Guardian readers began arriving in Clark County. The missives led to widespread complaints about foreign interference in a US election.
It also prompted a surge of indignant local voters calling the county’s Republican party offering to volunteer for Mr Bush.
The responses, published by The Guardian (!) were brutal:
Consider this: stay out of American electoral politics. Unless you would like a company of US Navy Seals – Republican to a man – to descend upon the offices of the Guardian, bag the lot of you, and transport you to Guantanamo Bay, where you can share quarters with some lonely Taliban shepherd boys.
I am a student and life-long resident of Clark County, Ohio. I just wanted you to know that this is a wonderful idea you’ve initiated; people here love and respect the United Kingdom, especially the prime minister. I hope this campaign will be successful for your newspaper and for us voters.
KEEP YOUR FUCKIN’ LIMEY HANDS OFF OUR ELECTION. HEY, SHITHEADS, REMEMBER THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR? REMEMBER THE WAR OF 1812? WE DIDN’T WANT YOU, OR YOUR POLITICS HERE, THAT’S WHY WE KICKED YOUR ASSES OUT. FOR THE 47% OF YOU WHO DON’T WANT PRESIDENT BUSH, I SAY THIS … TOUGH SHIT!
PROUD AMERICAN VOTING FOR BUSH!
Shame on you for using the people of Ohio like this. The US presidental election isn’t just about foreign policy, it’s about healthcare, taxes, education, transportation, natural resources and all manner of issues with little to no impact on the people of Britain.
We live in a globalised, interconnected world. If China shuts its borders to US imports, you better believe American companies, shareholders and workers are affected. Should US citizens therefore have a direct say in Chinese policies? No – Americans should demand that their own elected leaders address the issues with their Chinese counterparts. The British have a similar voice in US policies – through your own elected representatives who have any number of diplomatic, economic and military tools at their disposal. You vote for your leaders and we’ll vote for ours. Your problem is with your leaders, not ours.
Maybe the reaction in Flinders will be gentler when they hear young Alex.
But probably not.