Friday, February 06, 2015

It's on ...

The king is dead, long live the king.

If he wins, he loses.
If it fizzles out, he loses.
If he loses, he loses.

It's what the pond calls a win-win scenario.


Lear act 111, scene iv sets the scene:


Already a valiant mind driven mad by grief and fear:


Hark, is that a hawk or a handsaw, or just the sound of a keening mind rent apart?


Oh pity the man, pity him. Signs and portents and Canberra beset with madness ...

34 comments:

  1. Operation Budgie Smuggler has begun.

    Object: to remove that unyielding barnacle stuck on the stern of the Coalition Boat

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    1. Indeed. https://twitter.com/MikePuncheon/status/562572128541622272

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  2. The technical term for Abbott's demeanour, DP, is "Schei├čen in Hosen".

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    1. Oh dear , the spill is on and I just can't take my eyes off the train wreck as ' loyal ' ministers ( this conga line of arseholes ) parade across the screen of ABC24 .
      Aah Haa Haa. Aah Haa Haa !!!!


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    2. It's all to much for poor little bear with the hair Kev
      Andrews backs Abbott and 'Gillard'

      And blinky Barners just gotta split
      Nats could walk, says Joyce

      In Tamworth the Leader's servers are struggling under the demand to see the Barner's original as it was linked from the LimitedNews site(slow to load if at all)
      'We don't want this': Barnaby Joyce's warning in wake of leadership spill motion

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    3. It's on. Rally the troops. Recruit the youth. Join the IPA! Only $22. Get cool stuff free! And win lunch to die for!

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  3. Shanahan last spotted being gently guided back to the rest home whence he had escaped

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  4. Looks like we will have the pleasure of Abbott's company for some time yet.

    Spill is tipped to be a fizzer.

    Miss pp

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    1. Either way Miss pp, the comedy gold continues!

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    2. Even if Tones survives, or the spill doesn't eventuate, it's unlikely to be the end of the matter. Rather, it'll just be the beginning of the end - or the end of the beginning.

      As Willie Yeats wrote all those years ago:
      "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;"

      LET THERE BE BLOOD!!

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    3. As long as it is not mine.

      Miss Pp

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    4. Scullin's VengeanceFeb 6, 2015, 9:07:00 PM

      Spill being a fizzer is a win. Electorate learns they have no mettle. Out they go after one term.

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  5. Who to thank that it's Friday this day? Thank God? Surely not the unholy unions?

    God:

    “This day, I have perfected your religion for you, completed My Favor upon you, and have chosen Islam as your religion.” (Quran 5:3)

    God says unite:

    “O you who believe! When the call to prayer is proclaimed on Friday hasten earnestly to the remembrance of God, and leave aside business (do that early). That is best for you if you but knew.” (Quran 62:9)

    Oh, gawd.

    But on this, a loony last day of the week or the first of a loony three, the weekly day of loon worship, Medina market-day, Yaun al-Jum'ah - the Day of the Assembly or the Gathering, the day of congregation united in prayer or Salat AlJumu'ah down at the mosque, we see there be unholy unions:

    Young Prince Al Waleed bin Talal is leaving the court of the ever so christian Sun King. Was the heat getting too much? Imperial foreign spooks, and big oil's mediators once more seen at work?

    Where'd this young islamic al Waleed, Prince of Arabia, so long in union with catholic 'ol Rupe, Knight of SMOM, come from?

    "He (al-Aziz Saud) had at last, an opportunity to reclaim his rightful desert kingdom, that of his fathers and forfathers. It was only right - after all, he was of Arab pure stock. He wrote back ( in 1913, to Britain's friend Shaykh Mubarak al-Sabah of Kuwait who'd promised Britain he would secure Ibn Sa'ud's allegiance) with words that were encouraging for Britain. He stated:

    "We hope that God will grant victory to him whom there will be profit therein to you and me [Ibid] (meaning victory over the Ottoman Turkish Caliphate and a share in slaughtering and plundering it's southern region peoples)."

    Such hatred for non-Wahhabis that the Wahhabi doctrine promulgated that it is no surprise to learn that 'Abd al-'Aziz bin Saud once told John Philby (his mediator with the British Foreign Office), he preferred Christians to non-Wahhabi Muslims. Christians, he explained 'act according to their religion, whereas the Muslims who do not follow the Wahhabi understanding of tawhid are guilty of shirk'.

    In return for Ibn Sa'ud's support, Britain guaranteed him protection against any Ottoman retaliation, but more importantly, recognition of Ibn Sa'ud as the independent ruler of Nejd and Hasa, and recognition of his sons and decendents by inheritance." (The Broken Chain, page 44) Some old background

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  6. That's probably the finest - or at least the most entertaining - thing Shanners has ever written!

    Could he be after a gig as the Fool to Tony's Lear? Or is that role reserved for Mark Simkin?

    Still it's nice to be reminded that, amidst all of the turmoil and chaos, Julie is still a good, loyal girl. No Regan or Goneril, her! Yet.....

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  7. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand........loving it!
    jaycee

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    1. https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/B9JYx9JCcAEpUGI.mp4

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  8. Nick Cater just on News 24 looking like a dog that had been kicked in the balls...

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    1. And that is different how? ;)

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  9. Old Grecian 2000 (Andrews) has just said "I believe the team of Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard is the best leadership team for the Liberal Party and therefore part of the best leadership team of the Coalition for the country,"

    Priceless.

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/defence-minister-kevin-andrews-in-julia-gillard-leadership-gaffe-20150206-1388ei.html

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    1. beat me by 3 mins, Anon, but worthy of a repeat.

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  10. Kevin Andrews: "I believe the team of Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard is the best leadership team for the Liberal Party and therefore part of the best leadership team of the Coalition for the country,"

    Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

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    1. Did you hear this anon?

      "I believe the team of Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard is the best leadership team for the Liberal Party and therefore part of the best leadership team of the Coalition for the country," he said.

      Mike Carlton tweet pasted in there: "Thank heavens Kevin Andrews is not in charge of anything important like, say, Defence."

      hahahahaha

      Bad hair day Kev, you f***er. Not a good look for Tones, ha ha Ha, Opus Dei. There will be Asbestos death stares. Go you fuktup things, carpe diem!

      "While we're talking, envious time is fleeing: pluck the day, put no trust in the future" - Horace

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  11. Ladies and gentlemen..I beseech thee , tread soft, speak low..for we are in the company of the gods!...Karma for one!

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  12. The MSM is in overdrive covering this 'breaking news' event. But it is hard to tell if it is on, with no candidate prepared to nominate. If we can believe the leaks and briefings, the consensus is that there will be a spill, and finally Malcolm Turnbull will put up his hand. It is quite different from the Keating and Gillard spills where both declared. This current move has all the brazenness of a Peter Costello mumbling and complaining to anyone who'd listen.

    The main difference is that for all his other failings, Howard was pretty gutsy when the chips were down. Abbott relies on others, as he did back in his student DLP days. Nevertheless there may be just enough Liberal MPs and senators who hesitate at taking out a serving PM. He would certainly not survive a leadership ballot. Bishop has made it clear it's everyone for themselves if the posts are declared vacant, but she'll oppose the spill.

    A few days ago you speculated on which was the most pleasurable: a quick and much-needed despatch of this blight on our democratic political system, or a drawn-out 'death by a thousand cuts' as being a fitting punishment of him.

    Now, we may get both. He may survive the spill attempt, but it is still a shot across the bows. And he'll be looking over his shoulder at every single setback and humiliation he suffers. There will be plenty, starting with still trying to pass last year's Budget, and then what to do about the mess IPA has left them with health and higher education.

    Since he has so far shown he'd be in trouble trying to negotiate his way out of a paper bag, the humiliations are already looming large.

    With luck, we'll have both worlds. Abbott gone soon, plus a thousand cuts along the way.

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  13. I would not like to be Simpkins and Randall (very Saville Row) if the spill does not proceed.

    Were they acting alone? Or were they sent ahead with the bugle?

    They are out there now without the cover of the undergrowth.

    Interesting times.

    Miss pp

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    1. Every man for himselfFeb 6, 2015, 9:13:00 PM

      They'll save their seats with this, given the coming swing. At least they tried. Voters will remember.

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  14. The Border Mail reports that Campbell Newman has been sounded out by local libs to run in Indi. Sorry Sophie.

    https://www.facebook.com/bordermail

    https://www.facebook.com/bordermail/photos/a.10150280751455494.556355.95810110493/10155138279195494/?type=1&theater

    https://twitter.com/bordermail

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    1. Oh boy! A CanDo YO-YO for INDI.

      What, didn't think of that Sophie?

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    2. That's hilarious- not only is it a humiliating step down from the Premiership, it's a massive step down from the position of Mayor of Brisvegas!

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  15. Julie Bishop had her ghost-writer put out a very strong anti-abbott article tonight in the SMH, poor old Tony won't survive tuesday i suspect

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  16. Dorothy, for your amusement, more inopportune sproutings from that most indiscrete Abbott adviser in chief.


    Maurice Newman has let the cat out of the bag. Not only that, he's belled it: the COALition's true project is:

    UNWINDING THE WELFARE STATE.

    A well written analysis of it in this SPOOK magazine article by Tim Dunlop:


    http://www.spookmagazine.com/politics-like-house-cards/


    "The Left’s victories have been hard won, cumulative and unsustainable, but woe betide any government today which seeks to unwind earlier excesses or restore fiscal responsibility through spending cuts. It will meet well organised, articulate and often hostile, opposition. Unwinding the welfare state carries perilous political risks as the Abbott government is finding out..." - Maurice "Hayek" Newman Abbott: My Part In His Downfall (serialised first in Ozfail)

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    1. http://www.themonthly.com.au/blog/dominic-kelly/2015/03/2015/1422929043/reforming-people

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  17. I still have my money on Morrison.

    Miss pp

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