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Last updated on July 16th, 2017 at 09:30 am
Alan Ramsey summarises recent events, such as his hatred of John Howard allows:
What have Howard and Costello been doing ever since Monday’s big [tax] announcement? Insisting that now that we’ve been shown theirs, Rudd must display his. Rudd declined. All week he kept his nerve …
Until he didn’t.
Howard has similarly bullied Rudd to get his way tomorrow night. Rudd, wanting two debates, both late in the campaign, capitulated.
Rudd wanted three debates. How is Howard’s behaviour “bullying”, by the way?
Howard has insisted the debate take place this weekend, five weeks before polling day. Yet Howard demanded, and got, his two debates with Keating in 1996 on two of the three last three Sunday nights before polling day. When Keating tried to bring the first debate forward to the first Sunday night of the campaign – just as Howard has manoeuvred Rudd this election – Howard ignored him. He simply waited for Keating to fold.
And fold he did.
It isn’t John Howard’s fault that his opponents are wimps.
UPDATE. Ramsey also has news on Bob Gollan, of whom he’s written previously.
These opinionator types would be a lot more credible if they got simple facts correct. Although to admit Kevin wanted 3 debates probably just makes him look greedy. This attempt to make Rudd look like an emaciated starving little Oliver Twist simply wanting a little more debating gruel is stoopid.Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 10 20 at 03:52 AM • permalink
Did Alan Ramsey actually write that one himself? He’s improving.Posted by Evil Pundit on 2007 10 20 at 03:53 AM • permalink
- Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 10 20 at 04:20 AM • permalink
I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Howard.
O/T We may well be joining you all in a Federal election in Canada this week. The Liberal party opposition are desperately trying to avoid one, but they may get shafted by the NDP.
The Liberal plan is to make an ammendment to the throne speech, which they hope will be defeated, then they can vote for the throne speech and thus avoid an election. However, the NDP and Bloq may well vote to pass the ammendment – tremendous miscalculation by the Liberals; the NDP correctly think some Liberal seats will fall to them; it’s less clear as to the Bloq.
The Conservatives can’t wait for an election but can’t call one.
Hmmm… Having just re-read the above, it appears farcical.Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 10 20 at 04:53 AM • permalink
LOL!!! Moar Videoz on teh interweb.
They could have zoomed in a bit on the text of the document though.Posted by llllloooooo on 2007 10 20 at 05:13 AM • permalink
I don’t think he was eating his actual ear wax. People don’t usually get ear wax building up in the region where he was picking.
It has to have been some sort of crusty bit of desquamating skin, or maybe the contents of a black head or pimple or something. Whatever it was it was entirely gross and I hope lots and lots of people see it and every time they see him poncing about, doing his election ads or whatever, they think of him eating his own flesh (or its byproducts).
Completely O/T but interesting. (Hope no one has already linked to this.)
I can kinda see why Kevni has a complex about being “bullied”. If he sat in class in primary school and ate ear-boogers the way he does in Parliament, he was probably a well-bullied little boy.
Wanna bet he was a paste-eater too? There’s always one…
ps ash_ it’s me gordon!Posted by spot_the_dog on 2007 10 20 at 08:13 AM • permalink
Sorry Ash, do we have an unresolved paste issue? Best to talk about these things, you know… Keep it all bottled up inside and you’ll end up with cat’s-bum lips like Kev…Posted by spot_the_dog on 2007 10 20 at 08:19 AM • permalink
“If the maths are basic so is the context.” Any other seppos reminded of Louis Farrakhan’s 19 speech?Check numbers 3 and 25 of “Farrakhan” paragraph headings.Posted by dean martin on 2007 10 20 at 08:31 AM • permalink
- Posted by dean martin on 2007 10 20 at 08:32 AM • permalink
“John Howard has surrendered the self-reliance, for which we fought, to curry favour with the most dangerous military power in history.”
With all due respect to a vet, it’s a particularly absurd statement coming from a man who was in the service when his country was fighting the Nazis and the Japanese. I’ll attribute it to his being 90 when he wrote it.
So Howard gets to see Gollan “voted out of office” first?Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 10 20 at 09:35 AM • permalink
He has stoked the fear of terrorists who may target us because of his fawning subservience to US President George Bush.
The dead man beclowns himself.Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 10 20 at 09:42 AM • permalink
It isn’t John Howard’s fault that his opponents are wimps.
No, it’s the point…
And why does the Ruddy idiot remind me of the scurrying, craven little Aussie PM in The Return of Captain Invincible?Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 10 20 at 10:36 AM • permalink
How is Howard’s behaviour “bullying”, by the way?
Because the leftie lovers didn’t get their way, and Ramsey is whining for the collective.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 10 20 at 10:59 AM • permalink
- We seppos wonder:
Why does not 100% of Australia spot Rudd as a gormless ponce at the very first glance?Is there some sort of mass hypnotism at work?Posted by Harry Bergeron on 2007 10 20 at 12:53 PM • permalink
2. Barack Obama.Mind you, we have Taliban Jack and Steffi Dion.
CheersPosted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 10 20 at 06:55 PM • permalink
From previous, this ‘Mandarin’ not know his Sun Zu …
“In death ground, ask yourself questions?”Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 10 20 at 07:05 PM • permalink
- Posted by dean martin on 2007 10 20 at 08:46 PM • permalink
Check for Mark Steyn on Farrakhan.CheersPosted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 10 21 at 01:51 PM • permalink
So if Howard had agreed to three debates then Kevin would have “bullied” him into it.
Says something about the midset of someone when they think the outcome of every negotiation is a result of the winner bullying the loser.