Mark Latham hates conservatives: “I’m a hater. Part of the tribalness of politics is to really dislike the other side with intensity. And the more I see of them the more I hate them.”

Mark Latham hates George W. Bush: “The most incompetent and dangerous president in living memory.”

Mark Latham hates John Howard: “Howard is an arse-licker.”

Mark Latham hates Phillip Adams: “In his public life he opposes border protection, safe in the knowledge that asylum seekers are unlikely to settle near his Paddington terrace. In his private life, however, he is a strong supporter of laneway protection, even to the point of preventing a 90-year-old woman in a wheelchair from accessing his property so that she might have Christmas lunch with her son.”

Mark Latham hates Tony Staley: “Upsetting Tony Staley doesn’t cost me any sleep, I can assure you. In fact, I wear it as a badge of honour.”

Mark Latham hates Piers Akerman and Phillip Adams: “Both are political insiders, part of the media elite, living in the affluent inner-Sydney enclave of Paddington. They have little experience of suburban life and suburban values. Both practise a symbolic and abstract style of politics, based on the concentration of power and the preservation of the ruling elite.”

Mark Latham hates Peter Costello: “Peter Costello is a champagne Charlie. The only constant in his political career is the image makeover. He believes in nothing but himself. He is the great Narcissus of Australian politics.”

Mark Latham hates Janet Albrechtsen: “Albrechtsen is another filthy hypocrite. Who is she to lecture people on civility?”

Mark Latham hates Tony Abbott: “I think I now worry Tony more than he worries me, which is how I like it.”

Mark Latham hates me: “Tim Blair, who is always looking down his nose at working class pastimes ...”

Mark Latham hates Craig Reucassel: “Fucking idiot.”

Mark Latham hated Sir Robert Menzies: “Everyone’s got hate in their lives ... it’s just part of life. I hope my little boy hates a Liberal prime minister who sells out our national interests. I grew up in a family that used to hate Bob Menzies.”

In this week’s Bulletin, on sale Wednesday, find out who else Mark Latham hates. It’s quite a list.

Posted by Tim B. on 06/27/2005 at 10:51 AM
  1. Looking down your nose at working class pastimes? What the . . . Oh, horse racing? Glad I checked the link. I thought maybe he was jawing about kangaroo boxing or dwarf tossing or something.

    Posted by paco on 2005 06 27 at 12:21 PM • permalink

  2. Does Latham eat his what’s on his plate, or does he scream “I HATES IT!”, and throw the food on the floor?

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 06 27 at 12:39 PM • permalink

  3. That’s why I love Australia - auto racing and football are considered snob sports.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2005 06 27 at 12:39 PM • permalink

  4. Hobbitses! I Hates Them!

    Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2005 06 27 at 12:43 PM • permalink

  5. I love Mark, he’s fulfilled my every hope. Only price we had to pay was the fear during the election that the world may turn upside down and we’d have him as a leader.

    Posted by Aging Gamer on 2005 06 27 at 01:26 PM • permalink

  6. Nasssttyy Blairbolgersesss—we hates them!  We hates them forever, Preciousss!

    Posted by Baby M on 2005 06 27 at 01:38 PM • permalink

  7. Aren’t long lunches with wine considered working class pastimes?

    Posted by Polly on 2005 06 27 at 02:01 PM • permalink

  8. Mr. Latham should have a care.  It’s been proven that unrelenting hostility toward… well, everyone… can cause heart attacks and premature death.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2005 06 27 at 02:02 PM • permalink

  9. If we were truly caring folks, we would refer him to an Anger Management program.

    Posted by Mystery Meat on 2005 06 27 at 02:36 PM • permalink

  10. Here in the US, the advice would be:

    “Don’t hate the playa, hate the game”

    Obviously, the political game has passed Mr. Latham by and, well, he hates that too.

    At least here, the politicians have the good sense to know when their 15 minutes of fame (or infamy) have passed them by and move on from calling the national spotlight onto themselves unnecessarily.

    Posted by dc981924 on 2005 06 27 at 04:31 PM • permalink

  11. Good old Mark Hate’em…er, Latham.

    Somebody needs a hug - but he probably hates them too.


    Posted by Cliff S. on 2005 06 27 at 05:09 PM • permalink

  12. We love you Mr. Latham. We know you’re hurting inside but remember it’s a wonderful world and life is too short to be consumed by hate. You’ve got a beautiful wife and family. Let them be the the source of your strength. With their love and a little time the pain will pass and your wounds will heal. Strive to be all that you can and remember Mark, all those people who you hate, love you. Good luck.

    Posted by Arty on 2005 06 27 at 05:12 PM • permalink

  13. Where’s Homer “Iron Mark” Paxton?

    Posted by Quentin George on 2005 06 27 at 05:23 PM • permalink

  14. I wonder if you can see the spittle on the pages of his book? Every single copy.

    Posted by CB on 2005 06 27 at 05:37 PM • permalink

  15. Mark who?

    Posted by Toryhere2 on 2005 06 27 at 06:08 PM • permalink

  16. Hate to say it, but he does describe Phillip Adams pretty well.

    Posted by D.D. on 2005 06 27 at 06:53 PM • permalink

  17. At least here, the politicians have the good sense to know when their 15 minutes of fame (or infamy) have passed them by and move on from calling the national spotlight onto themselves unnecessarily.

    Prosecution, exhibits 1 through 4:
    Teddy Kennedy
    Al Gore
    John Kerry
    Jimmy Carter.
    Prosecution rests.

    Posted by RhikoR on 2005 06 27 at 07:05 PM • permalink

  18. #17 I notice a trend in your 4 exhibits.

    Posted by lingus4 on 2005 06 27 at 07:26 PM • permalink

  19. Tim, Australia obviously missed its big chance.  If there was ever a man who could bring people together, it is clearly Mark Latham. 

    Of course, then they’d come after him…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 06 27 at 07:40 PM • permalink

  20. well i have to agree with him with the urbane Paddington bear of Paddington.
    Someone called out ‘I hate bush’ at the trendy coffee shop near his residence.
    Phil turned round and gave him a big smile.
    Only he was talking about the Australian Bush not the American Bush.

    Posted by davo on 2005 06 27 at 07:57 PM • permalink

  21. Phew: at least he doesn’t seem to have called anyone “arseholes”, ‘cause we know how much that upsets people.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2005 06 27 at 08:49 PM • permalink

  22. What about baby ducks?  Does he hate baby ducks?

    Who could hate baby ducks?

    Posted by JayC on 2005 06 27 at 09:09 PM • permalink

  23. ...can’t…can’t we all just get along?

    Posted by rinardman on 2005 06 27 at 09:31 PM • permalink

  24. Mark Latham hates being a loser. But isn’t that what being in the Federal Labor Party is all about lately???

    John Howard must rub his grubbly little hands together with glee everytime a member of the Labor Party is on the telly or in the paper.

    Posted by Jessica on 2005 06 27 at 09:40 PM • permalink

  25. What are ya rebellin’ against Marky Mark?

    Whaddaya got?

    Jeezus with all that anger Gough Lite your liable to blow a valve.

    Calm down for chrissakes!

    Posted by Jay Santos on 2005 06 27 at 09:40 PM • permalink

  26. Bad marketing move: the book’s title - LONER - is just one letter away from a more appropriate title.  It almost looks like a misprint.  And no, the word I’m thinking of is not LOVER.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2005 06 27 at 09:54 PM • permalink

  27. Not bitter much, is he?

    Is Latham going to become unhinged as publicly as Al Gore did?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2005 06 27 at 09:54 PM • permalink

  28. You’ve got to love it when supporting Collingwood is no longer regarded as being a ‘working mans pastime’, chuckle.

    Posted by Nic on 2005 06 27 at 09:55 PM • permalink

  29. I hate “The New York Times.”

    Posted by guinsPen on 2005 06 27 at 09:56 PM • permalink

  30. Sorry to go on, but that title is even worse than I thought.  ‘Loner’ has really negative connotations: everytime some postal worker shoots up his workplace, the post mortem description always contains the line “He was a loner…”

    Posted by cuckoo on 2005 06 27 at 09:57 PM • permalink

  31. Mark Latham sounds like he could have a great future as Howard Dean’s right hand man.

    Posted by PW on 2005 06 27 at 10:15 PM • permalink

  32. The man is clearly in need of help.Perhaps the brain tumor rumor of a couple months ago had some substance.Medical intervention is certainly indicated,if not surgical then psychiatric.

    Posted by Lew on 2005 06 27 at 10:29 PM • permalink

  33. It’s like the 7:30 report comedy skit.

    Posted by Andjam on 2005 06 27 at 10:29 PM • permalink

  34. How do I make the list?

    Posted by murph on 2005 06 27 at 10:31 PM • permalink

  35. Who hates? A quick survey turns up the following:

    Tim Blair hates Phillip Adams
    Tim Blair hates George Negus
    Tim Blair hates Paul McGeough
    Tim Blair hates the ABC
    Tim Blair hates the ALP
    Tim Blair hates Mark Latham
    Tim Blair hates Andrew Jaspan
    Tim Blair hates David Marr
    Tim Blair hates John Kerry
    Tim Blair hates dissenting commenters
    Tim Blair hates Margo Kingston
    Tim Blair hates the Greens
    Tim Blair hates Richard Neville
    Tim Blair hates the Daily Kos
    Tim Blair hates Terry Lane
    Tim Blair hates “moonbats” and “scare quotes”
    Tim Blair hates the UN
    Tim Blair hates “old Europe”
    Tim Blair hates Robert Fisk
    Tim Blair hates the Age and Herald
    Tim Blair hates environmentalists (“swampies”?)
    Tim Blair hates Bob Ellis
    Tim Blair hates Bill Clinton
    Tim Blair hates Sheik Al Hilali…

    This is easy. I might start a hateful blog, too. It’s easier to poke fun at others than to actually say something yourself, isn’t it?

    Now, where’s Harris to type something sarcastic and then ban the dissenter? What a joke. Enjoy.

    Posted by brotherhoodbin on 2005 06 27 at 11:55 PM • permalink

  36. I don’t remember Tim running for Prime Minister.

    My bad, must’ve missed it.

    Posted by Aging Gamer on 2005 06 28 at 12:04 AM • permalink

  37. I hate mashed pumpkin.  Clearly, I have a lot of work to do here.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2005 06 28 at 12:26 AM • permalink

  38. Now, where’s Harris to type something sarcastic and then ban the dissenter?

    Right here, ducks.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 06 28 at 12:29 AM • permalink

  39. SwinishCapitalist — I can’t abide asparagus myself.  Where does that stand on a scale of McGeogh to Adams?

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 06 28 at 12:40 AM • permalink

  40. Brotherhoodbin — The thing is, if you’re paying attention, Latham has just as much bile for the people on his own side... doesn’t leave a lot to work with in a politician.

    As Latham demonstrated.

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 06 28 at 12:42 AM • permalink

  41. “Tim Blair, who is always looking down his nose at working class pastimes ...”


    You mean like drinking, eating, going to car races, going to motorcycle races, going to tittie bars?

    Come on Latham, get serious.

    Posted by swassociates on 2005 06 28 at 12:50 AM • permalink

  42. #35 Brotherhoodbin you should understand that criticising stupidity is not the same as hating.

    Im sure many of us (including perhaps Tim) would love:
    1. a balanced Phillip Adams, George Negus, Paul McGeough, ABC, Age, SMH, Bob Ellis, Andrew Jaspan, David Marr, Margo Kingston,
    2. a rational ALP, environmentalists, Mark Latham, John Kerry, Bill Clinton and the Greens,
    3. an effective UN and “old Europe”
    4. a consistent Sheik Al Hilaly.

    I know where you got your name. Most Brotherhood bins are full of crap nobody wants. :)

    Posted by lingus4 on 2005 06 28 at 12:54 AM • permalink

  43. Hey!  Does Mark Latham hate sex?  Food?  Beer?  Enquiring minds want to know!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2005 06 28 at 12:54 AM • permalink

  44. Right here, ducks.

    Looks more like a fish in a barrel.

    Posted by Patrick Chester on 2005 06 28 at 12:56 AM • permalink

  45. There’s also the Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants, led by Magneto for the most part, who believes that mutants are superior and should rule over the humans as they obviously know better.

    Just like a lefty!

    Posted by Aging Gamer on 2005 06 28 at 01:35 AM • permalink

  46. You mean like drinking, eating, going to car races, going to motorcycle races, going to tittie bars?

    Do you have hyperlinks with respect to tittie bars?

    Posted by Andjam on 2005 06 28 at 01:47 AM • permalink

  47. At least we don’t bring our kids up to hate them.
    ...and Reucastle is an idiot.
    ...AND we owe a lot to Markey because this book is going to hurt the Left.

    Posted by crash on 2005 06 28 at 01:55 AM • permalink

  48. And to think Latham was the Great Hope of the left.

    God was watching over Australia at the last election.

    Very disturbing really - it must be very exhausting to feel the kind of stomach-churning, intense hate that Latham obviously feels every day of his life.

    If he weren’t such an unappealing creep, one could feel quite sorry for him.

    Posted by dee on 2005 06 28 at 02:21 AM • permalink

  49. #46 Andjam,

    check out this pair of hooters

    Posted by Nic on 2005 06 28 at 02:24 AM • permalink

  50. Half of the Labor party were fooled into believing Latham would lead Australia with dignity and intelligence. That is the thing that scares me about todays Labor party. Just as well the voting public could see what his comrades couldn’t, that Latham would’ve been a disaster of Gough proportions. We would have spent 50 years in undoing his reckless rule. We dodged a bullet.

    Posted by gubbaboy on 2005 06 28 at 03:20 AM • permalink

  51. Right on lingus4.
    Tim Blair criticises many groups, always by quoting their own words and throwing them back in their face. He attacks the argument and not the person.

    Mark Latham just hates away freely, without giving much justification. He attacks the person and never the argument.

    Posted by Jono on 2005 06 28 at 03:43 AM • permalink


    Posted by Razor on 2005 06 28 at 03:52 AM • permalink

  53. I have to agree with the commenter in Chris Sheila’s blog on election day who said that Mark Latham was a saint. He sure is. Can you imagine sacrificing your career, and exposing your mental instability to endless public ridicule & humiliation, purely in order to ensure the Howard government was re-elected with absolute control of the senate? I wouldn’t and I’m a Liberal voter. But Mark Latham did, and without his help it would have been impossible. We should all get down on our knees and line up to suck his dick for what this man has done for Australia. Frankly, he’s earned his extortionary pension. His new book is just the icing on the cake. Iron Mark is first on my list for Australians deserving of knighthood.

    Posted by Jim Geones on 2005 06 28 at 05:20 AM • permalink

  54. Hmm, dropping to my knees and fellating a man who is clearly insane, regardless of his efforts towards conservative politics, seems a little over the top. How about just a tossed salad?

    Posted by CB on 2005 06 28 at 05:38 AM • permalink

  55. Just The Thing for a Tosser!

    Posted by blogstrop on 2005 06 28 at 06:22 AM • permalink

  56. Yes but its a different and better type of hating from the left than the right. Its ideologically pure and well meaning…

    Posted by Andrew Ian Dodge on 2005 06 28 at 07:26 AM • permalink

  57. According to an article on news.com.au:

    KIM Beazley is a stand-for-nothing politician leading a party with no future while three state premiers are “A-grade a—-holes”, former Labor leader Mark Latham says in a new book.
    In his first comments on the ALP since resigning due to health problems in January, Mr Latham said the Labor Party was beyond repair having become a machine political operation.

    Excerpts of the book, Loner: Inside a Labor Tragedy, have been published in tomorrow’s edition of The Bulletin.

    Mr Latham cuts a swathe through Mr Beazley and those in the party who sought to bring him down following the election loss last October.

    Oooh, this is gonna be fun.

    Posted by Quentin George on 2005 06 28 at 07:43 AM • permalink

  58. Now that Jaspan has taken such a morally superior position about Douglas Wood calling murdering terrorists arseholes, imagine what he is going to say about Latham’s use of the same term in relation to merely mediocre elected premiers.

    Posted by captain on 2005 06 28 at 08:38 AM • permalink

  59. As a follow up to QG (#57, above), there’s this from the ABC:

    In a new biography to be launched tomorrow, Mr Latham says Labor has the leader it truly deserves in Mr Beazley - “a conservative, stand-for-nothing type of leader”.

    State Labor premiers are not spared either, with Mr Latham quoted as saying “[Bob] Carr, [Peter] Beattie and [Geoff] Gallop are A-grade arseholes”.

    Ominously for Mr Beazley, Mr Latham is promising to say much more about Labor’s future in his diaries which will be published in October.

    Left and hate go together like shit and stink.

    Posted by J F Beck on 2005 06 28 at 09:37 AM • permalink

  60. Meanwhile that perpetually tilting and bobbing poppet and harbinger of good cheer,Jane Hucheon courageously throws herself between Middle Britain and the Travellers.
    Their Irish spokeswoman,hands on hips,bemoans the fact that she is illiterate and then goes on to state that she has sent “letter after letter” to the parliament,none of which has been answered!
    O wait..
    “All we want,is running water and power to our caravans and a dedicated site.We can’t pay a job tax because we haven’t go’ a job.
    They certainly can’t complain of discrimination on the grounds of colour because they are like any other white person.
    Of course who is responsible for the non melding of these people into U.K.‘s diverse and multicultural society?The E.U.and I guess the U.N.

    Posted by crash on 2005 06 28 at 10:13 AM • permalink

  61. Can anyone imagine the response if a conservative politician (or even an Aussie Liberal Party Pol) had said he wished his child would “grow up to hate”?

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 06 28 at 10:15 AM • permalink

  62. Is there anyone or anything that Mark Latham actually likes? Like puppies?

    useless little fucking sods that piss and shit all over the carpet and tear up my bloody newspapers

    Okay, maybe not. How about laughter?

    yeah, that’s right, you keep guffawing away like a total fuckwit. You’ll get yours in the end, you pissant fucking cockroach.

    How about a woman’s love?

    Jee-sus fucking Christ, can’t the stupid moll see past her black eyes that I’m going to the pub to fuel my rage with Jim Beam, Jagermeister and these tablets I found on top of the medicine cabinet? No matter, if I can ram some Rohypnol down her damn throat now, I might get some when I get back

    Dear God. Surely he must like children.


    If such a thing exists, it remains to be found.

    Posted by lmbrjk on 2005 06 28 at 10:26 AM • permalink

  63. Poor old Bomber Beazley too?

    Actually, Latham is sort of wrong there.

    Beazley actually stands for pretty much the same things as John Howard, but in a nicer, lefty sort of way…...but of course, that is his real problem.  Why settle for the yellow label square bot* when you can get OP?

    Ol’ Bomber’s also just a bit too solid to get the head tilt thingy right too, so the left don’t really love him either.

    *for the visiting yanks actually interested in what Latham has to say, and with only a limited knowledge of the best in Australian sources of alcohol, bundaberg rum is available in a 750ml square shaped bottle.

    Posted by entropy on 2005 06 28 at 10:44 AM • permalink

  64. Entropy,

    Which really opens up the sluices at both ends (as all good Australian Alchohol should)?

    Posted by Rob Read on 2005 06 28 at 11:57 AM • permalink

  65. It seems that Mark Latham doesn’t like people who live in Paddington.  As an unaware American, is Paddington like the Westside of LA or Salt Lake City?

    Posted by Pat Patterson on 2005 06 28 at 01:41 PM • permalink

  66. Entropy, FYI it is 1994 since Bundaberg Rum (pommy owned crap) has been available in 750ml.  Since that date it has been 700ml.

    Posted by Steve at the pub on 2005 06 28 at 01:47 PM • permalink

  67. Pat, is the west side of LA full of socialist fuckwits who want you to say sorry to the Indians, let the Cubans arrive by the tanker load, want government programs to regulate everything, welfare recipients to just exist to get their cash and support militant unionists? Paddington in inner Sid-a-knee is the repose of wealthy middleaged morons who believe their opinions count for more then the rest of us. If not politically connected, they can be found lurking in book shops and cafe’s, debating the merits of the Labor Party (similar to Democrats, Latham=Dean) and why all the dumb voters didn’t elect their party into office.

    Posted by CB on 2005 06 28 at 03:14 PM • permalink

  68. #65 - the Paddington demographic may well be like Malibu, without the water. Or closer to Noe Valley in SFO. In short, rich lefty wankers.

    Posted by JAFA on 2005 06 28 at 03:42 PM • permalink

  69. CB: I think you mean Mexicans. Cubans are closer to Florida and that’s where they most often come ashore, but lefties aren’t as fond of Cuban refugees as they are of other people from Latin America because Cubans tend to work hard until they become at least middle class, become citizens, and vote Republican. Also, they are fleeing a Communist Paradise™, and we all know that can’t be allowed.

    This is not to say that Mexicans don’t work hard, but since they are “running from (created by Evil KKKapitalists) poverty” instead of towards freedom they get coddled by the left, who like to think that by supporting illegals they are sticking it to The Man.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2005 06 28 at 07:23 PM • permalink

  70. I though all liberals loved each other and wouldn’t attack each other for political heresies.  If Paddington is like the Westside of LA(thanks CB) then who mows the lawns or watches the perfect children?

    Posted by Pat Patterson on 2005 06 28 at 09:40 PM • permalink

  71. Steve (#66), you’re right, something to do with stupid EU regulations I suspect. And as I vaguely recall 1993 was about when I stopped drinking it (at first I thought it was the coke that was making me sick, so I swapped to orange juice as a mixer - and after a while it started to make me sick too - and then I met my wife and was forced to upgrade to wines - the things you do, eh?)

    Posted by entropy on 2005 06 28 at 11:25 PM • permalink

  72. When you taunt the Administratrix, begging to be banned, do you still earn your victimhood status as a politically oppressed free speech martyr?

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2005 06 29 at 01:17 AM • permalink

  73. nofixedabode — Of course.  To a true progressive, it doesn’t matter if you’re a victim of your own actions: you’re still a victim…

    Help! Help! I’m being oppressed!  Come see the violence inherit in the system!

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 06 29 at 09:54 AM • permalink

  74. Bloody peasant!

    Posted by nofixedabode on 2005 06 29 at 11:10 AM • permalink

  75. #62 - lmbrjk

    Please - some warning before you put that kind of hilarity on the site. I just spewed on my keyboard.

    Now where did I put that cricket bat…

    Posted by dc981924 on 2005 06 29 at 05:42 PM • permalink

  76. Re 60#, what a ridiculous example of PC pretentiousness it is to rename gypsies as “Travellers”. What does that make the rest of us? Sedentary stay-at-homes?  This is like calling prostitutes “sex workers” and talking about the sex “industry”. Industry? What are they producing? Folks, we’re talking here about women (and men) who get fucked for a living. Using these terms doesn’t make it any nicer than the grubby, sweaty ,sleazy, dangerous and sordid activity prostitution normally is.

    Posted by mr magoo on 2005 06 30 at 01:32 AM • permalink

  77. Um, most of us get fucked when we go to work - at least the “sex workers” get to stay in bed to go to work. Who wouldn’t want to roll over in bed and “go to work”?

    Besides, it’s not a product, it’s a service they provide. They also work with “diverse clientele” and facilitate a customer need that otherwise would be met by internet porn.

    /sarcasm :)

    Cheers -


    Posted by dc981924 on 2005 06 30 at 08:08 AM • permalink

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