Saturday, June 24, 2017

In which the pond plays a round with prattling Polonius and settles for a hand wedge ...


Good news on all fronts for the pond this weekend.

Prattling Polonius is back and it seems, judging by the splash, that Polonius has come to terms with the Donald's domination of US politics.

No doubt Polonius loves the Donald and thinks he's wonderful for US politics, the world, the status of the United States and pretty much everything, including golf ...


The pond's joking of course ... the chances of Polonius getting out a driver or even knowing what a crime it is to use it on a green is pretty slim, and no doubt Polonius has come to terms with the Donald's concept of golf etiquette (which is, the pond hears, to cheat, using what is commonly known as a "hand wedge", though the pond understands a "foot wedge" is also a useful club).

Google Polonius and golf and you might even end up far away at The Northern Star reading Gerard Henderson labelled a 'bigot' following ABC debate.

It was the usual stuff, about the way the parole system favoured Muslims and had it in for Gerard:

"(Man) Monis, the terrorist in Sydney, why did he get bail? I think he got bail because he dressed as an Imam and pretended he was a persecuted Muslim and he got bail despite the fact he was on very serious charges," Mr Henderson said. "On charge of 40 sexual assaults. If his name had been Gerard Henderson he wouldn't have got bail. This guy in Victoria (Khayre) much the same.

Oh dear ...time for a gobbet ...



Oh dear ... can the senile old bigot be that far out of touch with the news.

There's the trouble with prattling Polonius. While he blathers on, it's so easy to get distracted, start thinking of golf, and the next thing you know someone's calling Polonius a bigot who doesn't have the first clue about killers in the street...

But that's old news, everyone knows Polonius is a bigot, perhaps the google splash can provide a better guide to this week's thinking ...



Oh dear, that's an even trickier question. That's like asking Polonius to explain to the public why he's such a wanker and a bigot ...

Never mind, there's a good chance the senile bigoted old sod might just pull it off, and explain why he's a wanker, so the pond read on ...



Indeed, indeed. It's entirely a mystery why the Democrats failed to win a seat which had previously seen Tom Price win by a handsome 23 points with 61.6% of the vote ...(NY Times)

Why a 23 point swing is easy peasy, and done most days of the week. No wonder the Dems are lacerating themselves ...

Still it means that the Donald continues his glorious run at the top of the political tree, and that pleases Polonius no end - he's such a Donald lover ... and the Donald is so good for the country, in much the same way as that he's bigly good at golf.

As for wider explanations, the pond much prefers to take a Wordsworthian look at clouds ...



Okay, back from the cloud gazing, and the pond has a handsome sum on hand to bet that Polonius will, like the Donald, put all the blame on crooked Hillary.

Has there ever been a better, more willing and obliging target than crooked Hillary?



Of course the pond was more traumatised by the wayward dash in that last Polonial par. The reptiles of Oz are doing their level best to turn the pond into a grammar Nazi ...

As for the rest, the pond doesn't much mind if poor people in the US lose their health benefits and die in droves. If that's what they voted for, the Donald and the GOP will surely deliver, while giving the rich a handsome tax break. Of course not that many poor people bother to vote, but all the recent talk of populism reminded the pond of that old joke:

"For decades, Americans have experienced a populist uprising that only benefits the people it is supposed to be targeting," writes Thomas Frank in What's the Matter With Kansas. "The angry workers, mighty in their numbers, are marching irresistibly against the arrogant. They are shaking their fists at the sons of privilege. They are laughing at the dainty affectations of the Leawoof toffs. They are massing at the gates of Mission Hills, hoisting the black flag, and while the millionaires tremble in their mansions, they are bellowing out their terrifying demands. 'We are here,' they scream, 'to cut your taxes." (here at the Graudian, with a link to the NY Times' original).

But as the matter of polls happened to be raised by Polonius, and as he mentioned a 45% approval rating, perhaps between 45% and 40% there's more than just a margin of error. Let there be polling at ten paces:



That's the headline - and there's some great points which confirm that Polonius is truly a seer and a visionary ...

As the Senate takes up its version of a GOP health bill, Americans prefer Democrats on that issue by 17 percentage points. They also favor Democrats for helping the middle class (13 points), handling immigration (6 points), and dealing with infrastructure (2 points). The segment of government Americans want controlling the issue debate least is the White House. Just 21 percent say Trump should have the lead role setting policy for the country. That's third behind Congressional Republicans (25 percent) and Congressional Democrats (45 percent). Underlying that assessment is the public's negative view of Trump's personal characteristics. Majorities give the president low marks for his temperament (62 percent), his knowledge and experience (55 percent) and his honesty (55 percent).

Of course the pond has cherry picked the data, but that's just to match Polonius in his bigoted style. For anyone interested in the full data, there's more here ...

If prattling Polonius was interested in serious analysis of contemporary politics in the US he would be out and about explaining just why the Donald has been so good for the country these past six months, and why everything in the US is now going so swimmingly well ... and how the poor and the middle class are being lifted up to nirvana ...

But don't hold your breath. Even for a bigoted Polonius, that might need more than a hand wedge. Possibly it might require a hand job ... though the chances of a happy ending seem limited at the moment.

And now to the Rowe of the day because dammit, it's not just the United States that can provide a laugh ... with more Rowe here ...




2 comments:

  1. The Hendersons are out and about on this day I had turn the ABC news off because lady Henderson was about to go into battle for the conservatives on their ABC.

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  2. Quite funny when the other panellists had to explain Barrie's comments to Henderson. Like watching the kids explaining something to granddad. Gerard is too busy fighting old, old battles to keep up with current events.

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