This morning, I was watching Sky News when the QF 747 arrived in Sydney with the Olympic Team. I have to say to the spin-doctors at Qantas, that I felt offended as an Aussie that that man, Joyce, was standing at the top of the steps greeting the athletes in-company with the PM.
I felt sick that this un-Australian unrepentant, prolific attention-seeker – despised by many in the country – was given the honour of being the first person to greet the athletes at the door. What a bloody disgrace.
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Have to say I had exactly the same reaction as to why the heck he was up there. Julia had a right to be there (like it or not she is PM) but I cringed when I saw AJ up there with her asking myself why was that necessary or appropriate.
Inappropriate – that's the big word I was looking for. I'm a pretty easy-going person, but I tell you what, my blood boiled when I saw him at the top of the steps. Maybe I'm being ott, but it just seemed plain wrong.
I had to switch off the telly.
FoxtrotAlpha18 probably right, but I just couldn't let the sick feeling I had pass without expression.
Imagine, after all the huffing and puffing, and with a bit of luck you get a medal, then the flight home, no stopover, then if that is not enough, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum falls thru the door as soon as its opened (The CC would have stood back, they knew what was coming) and there you are in the arms of Elaine and Julia. AGHHHHHHHHHHHH!
The images sickened me also, but it was also illuminating in as far as watching Gillard's body language.
Just confirms what I have thought for some time - that Gillard and probably Shorten had advance notice of the grounding and are supportive of the Qantas campaign to smash its operational workforce
Joyce has proved himself and able strategist in outmanoeuvring the TWU / ALAEA and now AIPA. I can't see he would have risked destroying the relationship with the government by not telling them what he was going to do.
For God's sake cut the poor fella a bit of slack. QF is a major sponsor of Australia's Olympic team. If AJ wasn't there, questions would have been asked. I bet GD and JBT would have done the same given the opportunity!
We do live in a democracy and you don't have to "like" who is the elected PM (I personally don't at the moment, but then I'm not going to like Tony Abbott either unfortunately), nor whatever deals have been done with other MPs to retain power under the Westminster system.
If people honestly don't like living in this country, I really wish they would do us all a favour and emigrate to a political system and country they do like, rather than show the emotional maturity of a 2 year old having a tanty.