Saturday, 26 October 2013

They have no ideologue...

And so it begins. After the much-hyped "grilling" of Tony Abbott by Andrew Bolt (more a populist love-fest tête-à-tête), Tony has apparently had a few mates over to Kirribilli to celebrate whatever it is conservatives celebrate - other people's misery, I think.

Bolt's interview with Abbott was less of a soft touch than if the Pope was interviewing the Baby Jesus. Of course they both railed against those inner-city leftist media elites at the ABC who dare report the most probable link between global warming and climate change. How the "most read" columnist in the country is not a part of the media elite has not been explained, but I gather he's working on the inside for the betterment of the common man. What was interesting, however, albeit not surprising, was Abbott revealing himself to still harbour his same opinion that climate change is complete crap. Abbott in this interview, described evidence linking extreme weather events with global warming as "complete hogwash". There's a open-minded PM to lead us out of the woods, if ever I've seen one. Heard that one about the earth orbiting the sun? Reading through it, it's hard to see exactly who is in charge of the interview. It's as if Bolt just spews forth guttural noises from his mouth and the Prime Minister repeats them.

How To Democracy has also stumbled across an unpublished extract from the end of the interview:
AB: Oh, mate. That was brilliant. You hang up first.
PM: No, you hang up first.
AB: No, you hang up first.
PM: No, you hang up first
AB: No, you have to.
PM: I will, I will, but only if you do.
AB: You hang up first.
PM: No, you hang up first.
<dial tone>
Of course I would be one of those latté-swilling inner-city elitists if I were to suggest none of this bodes well for anyone with a critical faculty or two. On my list of people I'd like to have over for dinner, Andrew Bolt and Piers Akerman would only appear on it if my house was the Space Shuttle Columbia on re-entry (too soon? I would make an inappropriate World War II comparison, but the Tele keeps on beating me to it).

Like Abbott's great almighty hero (no, not Santamaria, the other one. With bushy eyebrows) Abbott seems to have begun a war on opposition thought. Anyone who harbours opposite ideas to the Party will be guilty of thoughtcrime and sentenced to re-education massive reductions in funding, probably on the basis of that "budget emergency", ya know the one Hockey just took out the nation's largest credit card for. Those who agree with the science of climate change, like we agree with physicists on gravity or nuclear reactors, will probably find themselves out of a job. Those who dare not call asylum seekers "detainees" or "illegals" will probably find themselves in the same (irregular) boat.

"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought-crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it. Every concept that can ever be needed will be expressed by eactly one word, with its meaning rigidly defined and all its subsidiary meanings rubbed out and forgotten...' O'Brien in Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell.

Despite the usual claptrap of leading for all Australians, it is as likely this Coalition government will be just as divisive and derisive of those who disagree with their views as the last Liberal government. Just wait for the words "Out of touch" or "out of step" with "mainstream" Australians to be uttered by our "leaders". They'll be coming. Then it's time to worry.

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