D'oh and double d'oh.
Call it a Freudian slip, but yeah, you got me. Thanks and edited accordingly. Blame either my own personal bias creeping in or the cut price plonk Bipolar Nicola wants to put an end to. Maybe that's not such a bad thing...
I'd say that there are probably a lot of Australian embassy staff around the world relieved that Kev is not Foreign Minister any longer.
Not to mention RAAFies, airport staff and anyone else who has had the displeasure of dealing with the man. The trouble with being an arrogant jerk in Australia is that word leaks out very quickly, because there's only one degree of separation. Everyone knows a bloke. That's why most pollies, singers, movie stars and other b grade celebutards make sure they mind their manners. Not our Rudd though, he's far too important for that.
I'd also say it's fair to say that at this very moment the mining company execs are smiling while quaffing a very smooth cognac and enjoying a nice cigar.
I'm sure they are, and that's neither the fault of the Libs or the electorate, or even the fault of the mining companies. Their goals are clear; dig stuff up and make money out of it. Use three dollar a day minions where the country's law allows it, otherwise pay the minimum allowed by local government and adhere to their pesky safety regulations as required. It's not the fault of the Libs, who have a clear 'pro big business' manifesto. Can't blame them for that, they make no secret of it.
IMO it's the fault of the current ALP, who have alienated everyone but the true fundamentalists. They can only run the 'vote for us cos the others are worse' argument for so long, before the majority say 'well, you may be right but we'll give it a shot, because you leave us with no alternative.'
I believe we're about to see that in Queensland. No-one (even their own true believers) likes the opposition all that much because they're not very likeable; no-one thinks they'll be very good, but equally, Labor have blown it so very badly that people will take that chance. When even people who go to work draped in Eureka flags are feeling ripped off, betrayed and used...you know there's trouble in the camp. Asset sales that were sprung on the state the day after the election; a public service hamstrung by incompetent Labor flunky appointments, money wasted on trendy shite while the Royal Brisbane Hospital struggles along with radiography machines out of the stone age and waiting lists for the waiting list administered by people who still don't know if they'll get paid this fortnight thanks to the payroll debacle...these are the legacies of Qld Labor.
They are also the legacies of a hopeless conservative opposition who preferred to spend their time knifing each other than coming up with a viable alternative, so make no mistake, they're equally culpable.
Maybe annihilation at the polls is the only way the ALP will realise that they've lost touch.
Maybe even after that they won't get it, because the ALP machine is now dominated by flunkies, advisors and other straight out of uni types who went into the machine a week after graduating. With a few notable exceptions, the last generation of real union organizers (ie people who worked in real jobs in real industries before getting involved) are now in their mid fifties and being marginalized by professional agitators. There's nothing wrong with having a degree but there's a lot wrong with being a professional politician, ie someone who has done nothing else. That's what we're seeing on both sides, and aren't they ugly.
Ever met any of 'em? I'm sure most of you have and from both sides of the house, whether local, state or federal. Aren't they babes in the woods? Aren't they koalas (not to be exported or shot at
)? Don't they have a wide eyed stare every time someone brings up something relevant, bit of an 'Oh wow, what's that mean? Where's my aide to rescue me, this irritating person is asking difficult questions about stuff that happens outside the chamber' look? Of course in a matter of seconds the aide races in, removes the MP from difficulty and their sweet little world continues on its axis, while our dingy little world continues with the same problems. The MP pats him or herself on the back for 'consulting with the electorate' and the hoi polloi are left with an even sourer taste in their mouths.
They have all made themselves an irrelevance, the elected oligarchy who choose to become politicians in their late teenage years and for the most part, have done nothing else.