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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am

The SMH’s Alan Ramsey blamed the Labor party following Mark Latham’s 2005 resignation:

It was a public execution, not a resignation … Labor did to Latham what in a more primitive age was done to heretics. It burnt him at the stake, in front of us all, to the applause of a mostly accommodating media and those interests, internal and institutional, that Latham’s confronting leadership style had so offended.

Also blamed for Latham’s resignation were state Labor leaders, Latham’s pancreas, various “low-lifes”, etc. A year on, Ramsey offers a different, more concise version of events:

Latham went mad and bolted …

Posted by Tim B. on 02/25/2006 at 01:49 AM
    1. I read this and wondered whether Alan might be getting in first following a sneak preview of less than flattering references in the draft of “Diaries – The Nightmare Continues.”

      Posted by GeoffH on 2006 02 25 at 02:42 AM • permalink


    1. In order to prevent this happening again the ALP is carefully vetting candidates to ensure that only very stable party apparatchiks get a guernsey.
      Stability is enhanced by knowing only the approved dogma, untainted by what the McMansion man in the suburbs is thinking.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 02 25 at 03:07 AM • permalink


    1. So Ramsey’s lost his hero? Who will be his crusader now, his great fighter who fixes his party and destroys the evil Howard government?

      I have 2:1 odds on Bill Shorten. Any takers?

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 02 25 at 03:11 AM • permalink


    1. Totally off topic/
      Man kicked unconscious – police are searching for males of ‘middle eastern appearance’.
      Here’s to expecting a blitz on crimes comitted by ‘middle eastern males’.

      Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2006 02 25 at 03:35 AM • permalink


    1. Check out Matt Price’s article in today’s Australian to compare how the Liberals and Labor attract quality candidates.

      Posted by Oafish and Infantile on 2006 02 25 at 04:27 AM • permalink


    1. Extremist Islam is the problem, but sorry off topic. I suspect Bill Shorten is too pragmatic for Ramsey, but time will tell.

      Posted by Major Anya on 2006 02 25 at 04:54 AM • permalink


    1. #5 – Thanks for the link. Good article—and good news for the Liberal Party.  The ALP is stuffed; it’s been known for some time that a major problem is that candidates and elected members are all from the party machine and have had no experience of work or life in the real world, ie., commerce and the professions and, as a result,

      …Labor is left to drown in its nasty, narrow, cloistered, limiting, repulsive, infested, depressing and ultimately suffocating union gene pool.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2006 02 25 at 05:51 AM • permalink


    1. ATTENTION.  This week marks John Howard’s (PBUH)10th anniversary as Prime Minister, with 4 General Election wins behind him.

      Why is this good news?  No, not necessarily because it has meant 10 year of governmental sanity and economic prosperity (OK, now where’s my Order of Australia, Johnny?), BUT mainly because it’ll drive the Howard Haters (including the ABC and SBS Commentariate and Alan Ram-arse) and general leftie population absolutely, head-bangingly, mouth-frothingly, screaming heebie-jeebies, NUTS !

      “And I think to my self …(de-dum…)…. what a Wonderful World….”

      Hope they keep an eye-out for the violent nutters, though.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 02 25 at 06:45 AM • permalink


    1. Dont knock Alan Ramsey, he is the only rat that hasnt deserted the sinking ship.

      Posted by rog on 2006 02 25 at 07:00 AM • permalink


    1. Continental Drift, I agree.

      Watching this lot driven mad is fun. But they never waste a moment on self-reflection, to examine that it might be themselves who need to change.

      I used to think the likes of Ramsey, Margo, Adams etc were a pest to Jo-Ho but he must be loving it – I expect he jumped for joy when he heard Ramsey is being extended. Which loser will he back next?

      Posted by Flying Giraffe on 2006 02 25 at 07:07 AM • permalink


    1. Ramsey, Price and BP pick a Box man (on SBS saying Labor are shooting themselves in the nuts) all bagging Labor. I think it’s civil war amongst our Labor friends. A breakaway party possible- led by Marky Mark or Julia maybe Simon of South East Asia. Not beyond the realms of possibility. I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

      Posted by gubbaboy on 2006 02 25 at 07:23 AM • permalink


    1. A girl is allowed to change his mind.

      Posted by zefal on 2006 02 25 at 07:24 AM • permalink


    1. My vote for Ramsay’s next idol would be Julia Gillard, rather than Shorten.  He is after all, a right wing unionist.  Gillard presses all the correct upper middle class progressive buttons.  A ‘Commander in Chief’ in waiting.  All she is missing is the kiddies.

      And it will be quite hard to attack her credibility without looking like a sexist prick, especially while she is being hagiographifed by a cloying press.

      Posted by entropy on 2006 02 25 at 07:26 AM • permalink


    1. Ram-arse’s next idol will be anyone that goes after Bomber Beasley.

      Please, God, let it be Julia Gillard.

      With that scenario, I don’t think even Jo Ho’s (love it, Aero ‘raff) iron discipline could stop him cacking himself silly.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 02 25 at 07:43 AM • permalink


    1. SCD, don’t underestimate the media bandwagon that will emerge to support Gillard.  Remember the grovelling at the foot of Latham by the local media.  He could have got up and said “there is not enough ass licking of former labor prime ministers” and the media would have jumped up and shouted in unision “ How deep marky mark?”
      I work with a very smart young lass who used to work for PM&C., and she thinks that Gillard is the greatest thing since sliced bread.  She is very young though….

      Posted by entropy on 2006 02 25 at 07:56 AM • permalink


    1. Happily, Gillard’s personal policies are to the Left of the ABC, which guarantees her defeat.

      Plus there are other liabilities on her side of the ledger, her voice being the most obvious. I think some people would vote for somebody else not to have to hear it constantly for three years…

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 02 25 at 08:43 AM • permalink


    1. By the way, I think SDC is right on the money with campaigning to stop continental drift. It’s a much bigger threat than climate change and so typical of HoWARd to cover the issue up with some lame bribery allegations or a war on terror. I know what’s really going on here.

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 02 25 at 08:47 AM • permalink


    1. Good point anagellis (and SCD).  Before we know it SE Australia will be located in the same latitude belt as the sahara and namibian deserts!
      Also good point about Gillard….but in the meantime we would have to put up with her being portrayed by the luvvies as the saviour of the ALP….same tune, same players, different instrument.

      Posted by entropy on 2006 02 25 at 09:19 AM • permalink


    1. 10 more glorious liberal years! it’s doable with ramsay & the other howling lunatics supporting labor

      & julia gillard’s voice makes john howard sound like olivier in hamlet

      Posted by KK on 2006 02 25 at 10:17 AM • permalink


    1. I know it’s unforgivable, but I haven’t stopped gloating since October 2004.
      Praise the Lord for stars like Latham and Ramsay. Fish. Barrel.
      Thanks for the link, Oafish, (#5). More ammo to chuck at the Sunday brunch crowd. I love being an unapologetic RWDB.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 02 25 at 11:52 AM • permalink


    1. #17, 18 thanks for the support

      Continental drift – the cause of earthquakes (therefore tsunamis)and volcanos – has its root cause in global warming!

      Warming from the inside, that is.  Residual heat from the earth’s molten core plus from radioactive decay lead to conditions that allow those pesky plates to slide about, bumping into each other.

      So its easy:  stop global warming and Stop Continental Drift!

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 02 25 at 05:30 PM • permalink


    1. Of course Latham all of a sudden went mad and bolted.

      The alternative viewpoint is that Latham always was a nutter and our political experts failed to notice. No, no, no, no.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 02 25 at 07:40 PM • permalink


    1. Latham went mad and bolted

      Discreetly, it seems. While I long suspected the bolt , I never actually spotted it. Must have been the high collars.

      And I have a solution for Gillard:

      No talk. Just sit. And stare.

      (Remember how impressed they were with Latham’s parliamentary performance?)

      Posted by Sensible Swim on 2006 02 25 at 08:48 PM • permalink


    1. Margos Maid — Or more likely they knew damn well and just didn’t see fit to tell yez unwashed masses…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 02 25 at 11:51 PM • permalink


    1. Not quite on the point.

      #16 Plus there are other liabilities on her side of the ledger, her voice (Gillard’s) being the most obvious

      Her condescending delivery is a lot harder to put up with than her voice.

      But what really irks me is her missing “L’s”.

      Not only her.  Breathless Bruce McAveney Kid Eager).  Joanna Griggs.  Eddy Everywhere.  Half of the AFL TV commentators can’t pronounce “L’s”

      Meuwbourne.  Caufiewwd.  Medaws.  Freemant??uw

      But they can say Launceston, Adelaide.  It depends on just where the “L” falls in the word.  It seems to be a Melbourne/Adelaide thing.

      Can anyone explain it to me?

      Posted by Mikie Slats on 2006 02 27 at 08:06 PM • permalink


    1. Politician offends people, loses job. Film at eleven!

      Posted by Nathan on 2006 02 27 at 09:23 PM • permalink


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