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A second Blunty just for Murph

Posted December 12, 2013 into Blunty by John Birmingham

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she_jedi would have you know...

Posted December 12, 2013

Two Bluntys in one day! It's almost as if Christmas was around the corner

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zeniph mutters...

Posted December 12, 2013

I like your leadin line on The Age homepage:

"Coalition approaches governing with the witless hysteria of amateur night in a bordello."

didnt seem to make the cut at SMH. Assume its a JB line and not a sub getting into the JB groove?

quality article

John Birmingham reckons...

Posted December 12, 2013

Thx Zeniph. The subs on site make those choices.

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w from brisbane mumbles...

Posted December 12, 2013

JB, that was very well put.
The Alan Moir cartoon with it is similarly spot on. The drawing of Abbott in the second panel is particularly droll.

Pity the poor workers. Plenty of the workers affected will have worked for decades for Holden and related companies and now find themseleves unemployed with useless skills.

Hopefully, the Abbott Govt will improve with age. Most new governments seem to be hapless early. Some go on to be quite good.

It's a problem with the increasingly polarised, adversarial and rancorous political debate. Tit for tat, insult and counter insult. It becomes like a bad marriage. Sense goes out the window as everything becomes a battlezone.

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Chaz swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted December 12, 2013

"amateur night in a chechen bordello"- yep those were good times.....

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Matthew ducks in to say...

Posted December 12, 2013

I'm not so sure about the mining industry subsidies dwarfing that of the car industry.

http://www.theguardian.com/business/grogonomics/2013/dec/12/holdens-fate-draws-attention-to-government-assistance

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Brian is gonna tell you...

Posted December 12, 2013

Oh, John . . .this has stirred up more angst than the ABC column.

Well, worse comes to worst . . .we get to blame Murph. (always a good move, I've found)

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pitpat is gonna tell you...

Posted December 12, 2013

In my small pond of the mining indusrty we are currently going through our third extinction level event in the last 20 odd years 'Ive been in it. I empathise with the workers, it sucks to see options dwindle to washing dishes three nights a week on a good week.

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Dino not to be confused with is gonna tell you...

Posted December 12, 2013

Nice JB,

I left a beer inspired comment at the SMH.

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damian mutters...

Posted December 12, 2013

I think part of it is the Tories just aren't that into manufacturing in general and Holden in particular. It's part of the narrative about how unfair it is we celebrate "Labor" successes like Holden, and less so conservative successes, like... um... Merino sheep. We celebrate the Hawke-Keating reforms, but don't seem to care that Costello managed not to cause a recession (in the middle of the biggest boom in our history). We celebrate Curtin for (traitorously) pulling our troops back from the Middle East and not Menzies for refusing to stop iron exports to Japan. This is all because History departments, like the ABC, are chockers with lefty scumbags who failed to obtain a real job, in mining or the financial sector.

The tories really are not that into being Australian. They see Australianess in general as an embarrassment and while the number

damian mumbles...

Posted December 12, 2013

(gah, silly trackpad...)
...while those who think we should just be British are now outnumbered by those who think we should just be American, I'm not sure where I was going with that and apologies for the double post (please delete as applicable).

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damian puts forth...

Posted December 12, 2013

I think part of it is the Tories just aren't that into manufacturing in general and Holden in particular. It's part of the narrative about how unfair it is we celebrate "Labor" successes like Holden, and less so conservative successes, like... um... Merino sheep. We celebrate the Hawke-Keating reforms, but don't seem to care that Costello managed not to cause a recession (in the middle of the biggest boom in our history). We celebrate Curtin for (traitorously) pulling our troops back from the Middle East and not Menzies for refusing to stop iron exports to Japan. This is all because History departments, like the ABC, are chockers with lefty scumbags who failed to obtain a real job, in mining or the financial sector.

The tories really are not that into being Australian. They see Australianess in general as an embarrassment and while the number

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BigWillieStyle would have you know...

Posted December 13, 2013

Way off topic. I think it's a real bummer that Richie Benaud won't be making his comeback in Perth today. Mitchell Johnson has 222 Test wickets, so this Test will be Richie's last chance to say, "Mitchell Johnson has choo hundred and chwenty choo Test wickets. That's choo choo choo."

Shame.

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Murphy reckons...

Posted December 13, 2013

Any chance a niche manufacturer will step into the gap?

I suppose KC is lucky that we still have two auto plants in operation, the third being shuddered long time ago. Then again, you have to promise your first three children to the Devil and give up your liver in order to get a job there.

Respects,

Murph

On the Outer Marches

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Andrew Elder asserts...

Posted December 13, 2013

You were going so well until that third-last paragraph. It is not "becoming apparent". It was ever so.

Imagine a big dog chasing a small car with nervous drivers. The drivers even swapped over, and swapped back, they were that rattled. That's what politics was like before the last election.

Now, the dog has turfed the drivers and has taken over the wheel and the pedals, while the previous drivers have fled. The dog, we were assured, would magically become less doggy because the driver's seat confers some sort of magic upon all who place their bottoms there. That's what politics is like now.

It's obvious that those who were talking up the dog as a superior driver to those prior were hopin' and wishin' rather than engaging in well-considered analysis. The press gallery weren't paying attention. They were wrong en masse, and they remain so.

The idea that they were all taken by surprise is, to be fair, bullshit. Nobody who was paying attention should be surprised at this mob, setting the bar low and then doing the limbo under it. Make no excuses for such bums, Birmingham. They - you - shoulda warned us.

Jayanthi's Atomic Cat mutters...

Posted January 9, 2014

If you trawl back through the Burger (and Blunty), Andrew, I think you'll find there was plenty of warning and plenty of pre-election outcome angst about.

As with Holden's...it's been coming for years and years and years (speaking as an Adelaidian). Big impacts here not just on those directly employed by Holden's, but also supporting/affiliated businesses.

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