by 99, editor of Turn Left
Q. What do Malcolm Fraser and Cher have in common?
A. Neither of them seem particularly excited about the thought of a Romney presidency
while there is some discussion as to whether this is the real Fraser, the consensus seems to be, yes, that is our former PM on twitter
Meanwhile, Cher has hit social media for the past few years and talked up social justice, women’s rights and Obama. Cher has said “This is the most important election of our lives! If you want Bush on steroids vote for Romney“.
Cher has also filmed an ad, with Kathy Griffin, encouraging voters in the US election to not ignore the war on women currently being waged by Republicans against women and girls in that country.
This is not just an issue that affects a country on the other side of an ocean – what happens in USAmerican conservative politics happens here, sooner or later. Where Republicans lead, the Australian Liberals follow.
And our Tony Abbott is possibly one of the most famous misogynists in the world. Life for women in will not be easy under an Abbott government, it will be a systematic removal of hard-won rights. Women will be subjected to a whole raft of discrimination – overt and subtle. Tony has shown us that.
While talking about reducing the numbers of students at university, Tony Abbott said
text of image: “While I think men and women are equal, they are also different and I think it’s inevitable and I don’t think it’s a bad thing at all that we always have, say… an enormous number of women simply doing housework.”
That is something for the housewives of Australia to think about as they do their ironing* (to borrow a phrase from Abbott) – is this man really the best for the future of our nation?
Maybe it is time for the Liberal party to go into that room of mirrors and take a long hard look at themselves – Tony Abbott is a weak, failure of a man, and a weak, failure of an Opposition Thing, incapable of leading a country. In fact, Cher would make a leader than Tony – she has at least two policies, which is two more than Tony.
Cher was once asked what she would do if she was president, one of the items on the presidential agenda was “raise my taxes“, the other was to stop the foreclosures.
name of the person asking the question smudged to protect their privacy, not intended to infringe on their copyright, follow the link to see original tweet in context
However, it isn’t just Cher who thinks she should pay taxes (unlike Mitt Romney), the author of the ‘Harry Potter’ series of books, JK Rowling, has also spoken out about wanting to pay tax. (and, both women would make preferable alternative Prime Ministers to Tony Abbott.)
Jk Rowling: Paying Tax is patriotism
I chose to remain a domiciled taxpayer for a couple of reasons. The main one was that I wanted my children to grow up where I grew up, to have proper roots in a culture as old and magnificent as Britain’s; to be citizens, with everything that implies, of a real country, not free-floating ex-pats, living in the limbo of some tax haven and associating only with the children of similarly greedy tax exiles.
A second reason, however, was that I am indebted to the British welfare state; the very one that Mr Cameron would like to replace with charity handouts. When my life hit rock bottom, that safety net, threadbare though it had become under John Major’s Government, was there to break the fall. I cannot help feeling, therefore, that it would have been contemptible to scarper for the West Indies at the first sniff of a seven-figure royalty cheque. This, if you like, is my notion of patriotism. On the available evidence, I suspect that it is Lord Ashcroft’s idea of being a mug.
Original source is paywalled, hoping this is an accurate quote and not an internet hoax
secondary source – here
Although, who knows, a potted plant could make a better Prime Minister than Tony Abbott. Even a piece of paper with a smiley-face drawn on it would make a better PM.
As it turns out, many in this country agree – that Tony Abbott is becoming political poison – or political punchline.
Abbott, as many are starting to question his suitability for high office following the revelations of “Punchgate“, and the Prime Minister’s blistering attack on Abbott for his misogynistic and sexist views.
It has been said that in focus group discussions, people laugh whenever Abbott’s name gets mentioned.
Source: The Daily Derp – original article here: ‘One Trick Tony Dispatched To The Knackery‘
Unfortunately, until pot-plants or smiling faces get elected to the Liberal-National Parties, the Leader of the Opposition must come from the current ranks of MPs.
The most recent Galaxy polls, shows that Malcolm Turnbull is preferred Opposition leader by 60% of all voters, compared with 29% for Tony Abbott.
Although, among Liberal voters those numbers shift, Malcolm Turnbull at 51% against Tony Abbott at 45%. Which shows Liberal voters have a lot of love for Abbott, even though their chances of being elected to government with him as LOCO (Leader Of the Coalition Government) are much slimmer, compared with Turnbull as LOCO.
“However, the word inside the Coalition is if Abbott is hit by the proverbial bus, Hockey would get the nod.”
Phillip Coorey in Fairfax (Absent Hockey will be front and centre if Abbott falters).
Oh, boohoo, it was Tony Abbott’s birthday this past weekend, and all he got was Turnbull’s soaring popularity and Coorey figuratively throwing him under a bus.
Which ever way the polling results are sliced and diced, Tony Abbott’s days are numbered.
If only Tony could turn back time… nah, he would probably still be punching walls, and also likely to still be punching Prime Minister Hockey, as Abbott did during the late eighties, punching a teenaged Joe Hockey during a football game, knocked him out with one punch. (Source: here)
Photo: Glen McCurtayne for fairfax, soruce: here, used without permission, but hoping it counts as fair use
Which ever way Australians are planning on voting, they had best decide soon, as Australia goes to the polls this week.
The ‘Australian Financial Review’ published an editorial, on 3 November, Romney the better hope for US revival, in which they endorse their preferred candidate:
“Four years ago The Australian Financial Review endorsed Barack Obama’s candidature for president of the United States. …This newspaper is a strong believer in free enterprise and thinks that the Romney approach to solving America’s economic problems is the better approach.
Mr Romney is more likely to reduce regulation, rather than increase it, and is more pro-energy than his Democrat rival.
Backing Mr Romney entails certain assumptions about him governing more moderately than he campaigned for much of it, judging him by his actions rather than his words.”
Wait, wait, wait, what is this nonsense – Australians don’t vote in US elections.
Maybe the Financial Review is widely read in the US and the extra Romney votes that result from this Australian newspaper will switch enough crucial votes in swing states to change the entire election.
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If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.
Quote: Emma Goldman
Image: The Suffragettes