August 7, 2007

It all goes pear-shaped

It’s a little premature (men can be like that), but the Government’s campaign for reelection has suddenly gone pear shaped. Predictions of a close election result may have been equally premature.

The troops are rallying around their leader – in a consoling manner – as the Liberal’s own polling has found that the voters think Howard is too old and too shifty. He’s cactus, in other words.

On top of that, the Government has had to pull one of their obscenely expensive Work Choices ads, now that they’ve been told that one of the actors was, until recently, a shonky employer who didn’t always pay his young apprentices and who still owes many thousands of dollars to staff and suppliers of his failed painting business.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence, new Victorian state Premier Brumby has given his federal colleagues a big thwack, albeit, inadvertently. Seems that Brumby appointed the new state Treasurer on the basis of his being a family man – wife, kids. The other potential contender is unmarried and childless, therefore, according to Brumby, lacking the life experience necessary for being Treasurer. Not the sort of thing that Julia Gillard and her “barren womb” would have wanted to hear from her own side of politics while she ate her Weeties this morning.

7 comments:

  1. Well, a couple of weeks ago Rudd fired a unionist from the ALP for swearing on tape, or something. But firing an ad for what an actor in real life is even stranger! I can see why the Government have done this, but has there ever been another election campaign like this? Both leaders are frantic to manage perceptions, and to appear as pure as pure can be. And failing.

    The strangest thing about this latest hoo-hah over the moral rectitude of the actor is that this sort of happened all the time before WorkChoices. Labor's position, as far as I can make out, won't stop this sort of thing happening - they'll just stop WorkChoices.

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  2. Er...

    But firing an ad for what an actor in real life is even stranger!

    This should be:

    But firing an ad for what an actor does in real life is even stranger!

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  3. Grrr...

    The strangest thing about this latest hoo-hah over the moral rectitude of the actor is that this sort of happened all the time before WorkChoices.

    This is what I get for commenting at work!

    The strangest thing about this latest hoo-hah over the moral rectitude of the actor is that this sort of thing happened all the time before WorkChoices.

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  4. Rudd has fired a couple of unionists from the ALP, both actions being nothing but ostentatious shows of having the balls to rough it up with unions ("the unions don't run us, no siree!").

    I'll feel less miffed about all of that when they fire a couple of CEOs for swearing about workers. I'd guess there aren't too many CEOs who are members of the ALP though, so I could be waiting awhile.

    Don't forget that those Work Choices ads were paid with our money Timmy. They were on the nose with voters anyway, but tossing the ads, and taxpayer money with it, isn't going to go down well in voter-land. Could it possibly get any worse for the Gov't?

    Yes, yes it can.

    This is going to be one very painful election.

    Did you notice that the Lib's polling showed that voters think Rudd is young and "attractive".

    Excuse me while I go sob in a corner. The end must surely be nigh.

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  5. Anonymous3:13 PM

    "Young and attractive?"
    'scuse me, while I go throw up in the opposite corner!

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  6. Er - maybe it's evidence that those polled aren't taking the surveys entirely seriously?

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  7. The electorate is just yanking-Johnny's chain, for a bit of a lark, a bit of pay back, and they'll all have a big chuckle with him on election day?

    Well, that's one possible theory Timmy.

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