Saturday, February 21, 2015

Rabbits in the Murdochian spotlight ...

The pond's feeling like a rabbit caught in the spotlight, with a crazed Wake in Fright hunter bearing down with a .30-30.

It seems Tony Abbott knows the feeling.

Early this afternoon, playing catch up with the lizard Oz, the reptiles at Fairfax printed the denials, as in Government denies report Tony Abbott called for Iraq troop surge (note the aggro photo), and in the Graudian with Tony Abbott denies reports he wanted Australian ground troops in Iraq (note the cheerful militarist going about his duty).

Up spoke commander Abbott:

Labor frontbencher Matt Thistlethwaite said the story was evidence of a damaging leak from the national security committee of cabinet, one of the most important internal committees of government. He said Labor had given bipartisan support to actions the government had taken on Iraq, including deployment of a special forces team of 200 to advise the Iraqi military. 
“But if the prime minister or anyone in the government is considering changing that approach then they need to disclose that to the Australian public and they need to disclose that to the parliament and the Labor party so that we can consider,” Thistlethwaite told Sky News. 
Abbott denied the story was based on a leak. “You can’t leak something that never happened ... I think people should be very wary about taking too seriously stuff which is claimed, which no one is prepared to put his or her name to.”

Jolly Joe also spoke up:

Yes, suh!

But he would say that, wouldn't he, seeing as how his star is hitched to Abbott's waning moon, with jolly Joe one of the reasons the moon is sharply on the wane.

Now the pond doesn't know, or much care about, the truth of what John Lyons said Tony Abbott said ...

That's largely beside the point. The real point is that the reptiles of Oz have discarded the gloves and are now after Credlin in a big way. And they don't mind if jolly Joe is shamed in the process:

They've always been after Credlin, but now it's on in earnest. A reptile despised in love can only turn to ravaging raptor ...

It is, to keep the laboured metaphors going, a bit like a crocodile death roll, and now the Murdochians are in the water with the other crocs. As noted previously in the pond, Lyons was promising an apocalypse and on Monday, a trip inside the bunker:

It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that dysfunction is entrenched in the highest office in the land - and that Abbott and Credlin will survive or crash together. It is like a bizarre political death pact. The loyalty the PM is showing a staff member has rarely been seen in this country ..
... I was left with the firm view that she has no intention of falling on her sword. And it is clear that Abbott has no intention of forcing her out.

It's a bizarre political death cult! Well we know what we do with death cults. We declare war on them and take 'em out ...

It seems clear enough that Lyons is now part of the death cult crocodile roll.

The reptiles will keep on tackling Credlin until the heat forces her out of the kitche, and if Abbott wants to crash with her, so be it...

Now let the croc wrestle between the Oz and Credlin and Abbott begin ...

This turned up in another piece by Lyons talking about Abbott and Credlin:

That was accompanied by a repeat of the military story, though without Abbott reading Winston Churchill while planning his neo-colonial unilateral military adventures:

And now the reptiles are promising a tour of the bunker on Monday ...

Okay, it's time for an update ...

Truth to tell most of the Downfall parodies are seriously out of date. Like this one, which dates back to December 2012:

Or this one, from May 2014:

Right now, the Russians and the Murdochians are at the steps of the Reichstag, and they'll be in the bunker by Monday ...

The pond senses a turning point in federal political affairs. Better get your Downfall parody in right now, or be swept away by the tide of history ...


  1. Rupert Murdoch Verified account ‏@rupertmurdoch

    Abbott again. Tough to write, but if he won't replace top aide Peta Credlin she must do her patriotic duty and resign. More

    Forget fairness. This change only way to recover team work and achieve so much possible for Australia. Leading involves cruel choices.

    4:42 PM - 27 Jan 2015

    Murdoch did "set the agenda" a few weeks ago and Abbott ignored him so now the sycophants are charging - no surprise.

  2. ThunderBolt has come to Abbott’s defence:

    “I’m calling bullshit on Lyon’s Abbott story. The dates don’t fit”
    and he ends his investigative report with “(Thanks to reader Alan RM Jones.)”

    It must be true that vermin meet nightly in the sewer.

  3. Looks like mis-remembering and casuistic language are a common feature in the Empire. Fox bigshot O'Reilly has made a career out of it.

  4. Hi Dorothy,

    Doesn't it seem passing strange that this "expose" of Credlin's extraordinary power over the Abbott government is being undertaken by the Middle East Correspondent for The Oz. According to John Lyon's byline he is based in Jerusalem, hardly the most conducive place to pick up political gossip in Canberra!

    Could it be that this hatchet job is being conducted by a press gallery reptile who doesn't wish to be identified, in case la Credlin wreaks a terrible revenge?

    This whole situation bears an uncanny resemblance to the final days of Harold Wilson's government in the UK, when press speculation swirled around the undue influence of his political secretary, Marcia Williams. That ended with a scandal about peerages and knighthoods too.

    It's all excellent entertainment.




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