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All aboard for the Crazy Town express

Posted July 5, 2016 into Blunty by John Birmingham

"Gerry Harvey's reported statement that this country needs a dictator is the sort of thing a world-class bozo would say. It's also the sort of thing your average mouth-breathing idiot down the pub would say before he was halfway into his first schooner, but the huge numbers of mouth-breathing idiots who'd agree with Harvey doesn't make his idea right. Just dangerous."

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11 Responses to ‘All aboard for the Crazy Town express’

KreepyKrawly asserts...

Posted July 5, 2016
One thing for sure, It's going to be an interesting next 12 months...

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insomniac would have you know...

Posted July 5, 2016
I agree that no one votes for instability. I cringed when I heard that too.

Of course, if Labor form minority government then Pauline is out of the picture, as presumably you'd get Labor + Greens + 1 or 2 independents to pass a bill. Mucho stability then, especially compared with the LNP having to negotiate with Pauline on everything.

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jason mutters...

Posted July 5, 2016
Whilst I disagree with the views of many of the parties who appear to have a seat in our new parliament I don't think we can just dismiss them as loonies (event though they are). Seems our nation is made up of a diversity of opinion with an equal right to be heard (even though I disagree with everything they say). Maybe the entrenched views we so oppose are more prevalent in society than we like to imagine (there are way more nut jobs out there than I hoped). I see this as a chance to expose these crazies to the blow torch of logic and debate their ideas (if we cant out argue these mouth breathing numpties with our book learning we are in trouble).

Sadly a democracy represents all the people (even the foolish and racist) and a good government needs to deal with them and still drag the country into the future.

Halwes reckons...

Posted July 5, 2016
I think it may be that people are so disillusioned with the major parties and their manipulative, self serving agendas that they've registered a protest vote specifically designed to screw them. Our lives are full of uncertainty and instability so why shouldn't theirs be.? The problem with Hanson is that some of what she says is true. Islam doesn't seem to like us very much which is fair enough because many of us don't like it. I lived in North Africa for 6 months and witnessed first hand how they treat women. We can't ignore the teachings and interpretations of the Koran just the same as we can't do it with some of the zany interpretations of the bible. And then, if we challenge them, we are called racist and likely to get some sort of payback. Crony capitalism is also alive and well which further disenfranchises the working class. I don't welcome Hanson back at all but, as I live and work in working class areas, I am hearing more and more people that agree with her. The mob that I speak to can't be simply classed as foolish and racist because they aren't. They are intelligent tradespeople and others who want nothing more than to feed their families in safety and get jobs for their kids. They refuse to like people that think that their Aussie daughters are no better than dogs and that's how it should be. Labor didn't do well at all. Most of their seats were gained with preferences from the minor parties. The way they are patting themselves on the back at the moment is bordering on delusional in my opinion. Or, more likely, they know that it's bullshit and we are just being subjected to more spin. I consider myself to be left of Labor, I love our multicultural society and think that organised religion is dangerous bullshit. Plenty don't agree with me which is why it is important that I consider their opinions and don't just write them off as foolish and racist. Further polarisation of our country isn't going to help our children.

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Aaron mumbles...

Posted July 5, 2016
If only those breathers voting for the nit jobs actually voted based on a simple appraisal of what they were voting on. They were probably protest voting, the whole nation was just with varying degrees of intelligence. And so it goes

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pitpat would have you know...

Posted July 5, 2016
I saw it as a vote for the centre and stability. The problem is that the centre vote is spilt by the Lib and Lab camps. Policy wise and economically there is bugger all difference, idealogically there maybe a chasm, but FFS build a bridge and get over it.
Otherwise it is a bunch of social justice stuff - all worthy in the eyes of the proponents- that at the end of the days only concerns pretty small percentages in any meaningful sense but can be used as the crutch for special interest parties that have been gifted an opportunity to gain an upper seat house due to the DD and an arcane quota system.

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FormerlyKnownAsSimon swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted July 5, 2016
I've always said that dictators are good for solving short term problems (whether for good or bad). The issue is getting rid of them once their job is done. I hear a water canon over in London is going cheap. Maybe we could rent try buy it?

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NBlob is gonna tell you...

Posted July 5, 2016
I tend to agree with the "protest vote" "a pox on both your houses" hypothesis, but.

There is So much at stake.

The profligate pork promises to the X benches will be preposterous.
Real reform pretty much only occurs when Party Z has sufficient political capital that they can afford to take a hit or two.

I doubt anything of note on the ten biggest issues will be done before the next fed election, be it next year or 2019.

Halwes asserts...

Posted July 5, 2016
I think the Libs are going to get a majority and will continue to send our jobs to China, just like Labor did, and feather the already plush beds of the multinationals. I believe that Shorten knows that the Libs are headed for a majority as well which makes his posturing all the more galling to me.

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Halwes mutters...

Posted July 6, 2016
What do you reckon are the 10 biggest issues?

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Therbs ducks in to say...

Posted July 6, 2016
Definitely an "Up yours!" sentiment. Hanson took the old PUP votes which shows that what you need to do is simply challenge the "out-of-touch" status quo, talk about "Real Straya" and say you want Straya for Strayans whether it be farms, corner shops, schools or churches. Hanson does it by hooking into Islam and Asians, because what on earth do Muslims and Asians have to do with Real Straya? Also, some people like angry red heads.

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