September 16, 2003

YET MORE WORDS HE'LL REGRET

Simon Crean is out of his mind:

Mr Speaker, the findings of the British Joint Intelligence Committee demonstrate beyond doubt that the Prime Minister sent this country to war based on a lie.

The Prime Minister did not tell the Australian people the truth when he committed us to war. And by his actions, the Prime Minister increased the threat of terrorism to the Australian people. He made us less safe and worst of all, he failed to protect us.

Itís bad enough that Crean says this without believing any of it. Itís worse that he thinks thereís electoral advantage in carrying on like a third-rate Indymedia stooge.

UPDATE. Simonís wily tactics arenít working:

Simon Crean's rating as preferred prime minister has fallen back to the worst on record as his leadership of the Labor Party comes under renewed pressure.

According to the latest Newspoll survey, taken exclusively for The Australian last weekend, the Coalition has maintained an election-winning lead over Labor, and Mr Crean has dropped to the lowest level of an Opposition leader compared with the Prime Minister.

No, he hasnít! No! According to Margo, itís all win win win for painstaking Simon:

John Howard is on the ropes. His tactic to keep himself upright - telling his troops to prepare for an early election - is defensive, not aggressive. He needs his MPs to cheer him on during what could be the worst week of his political career ... Simon Crean has painstakingly built a platform for a potentially devastating assault on Howard's fitness for office.

What about Margoís fitness for office? Shouldnít a senior political journalist at least know how to spell Andrew Wilkieís name?

The leak of intelligence whistleblower Andrew Wilke's top secret ANO report ...

... unlike leaks of classified security documents like Wilke's ...

... why isn't it OK to release intelligence to refute Wilke's accusations ...

Why won't Howard disprove Wilke's assertions by proving his own case?

Posted by Tim Blair at September 16, 2003 01:47 AM
Comments

Don't underestimate the stupidity of the Labor voter.

Posted by: ZsaZsa at September 16, 2003 at 02:01 AM

I'm not looking forward to him becoming P.M.

Posted by: gaz at September 16, 2003 at 02:40 AM

A statement to make the thinking voter's blood boil;
"Me dad voted Labor, an' his dad, an' I'm never gunna vote anything but Labor--blah blah blah---"
Bloody dickheads.

Posted by: Pedro the Ignorant at September 16, 2003 at 02:42 AM

Yep, you sure nailed her on that spelling error there.

Posted by: Tom at September 16, 2003 at 03:15 AM

John Howard is on the ropes. His tactic to keep himself upright - telling his troops to prepare for an early election - is defensive, not aggressive.

Apparently Ms. Kingston is unfamiliar with one Cassius Clay aka Muhammed Ali. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee...

Posted by: Tongue Boy at September 16, 2003 at 05:58 AM

Poor old Miss Kingston (and the "miss" is a pun). She has no idea has she? She's been talking to the half educated lefties so long that she doesn't really know what goes on in the world outside.

If wishes were horses, then peasants like Margot would ride.

Posted by: Toryhere at September 16, 2003 at 08:49 AM

Or would that be "half-educated"?

Mote, eye, etc.

Posted by: Fork at September 16, 2003 at 09:01 AM

Tim, I really appreciate the sacrifice you're making to filter this bilge for us. I'm hurtin' for ya here, man.

Posted by: CGeib at September 16, 2003 at 09:53 AM

"Simon Crean has painstakingly built a platform for a potentially devastating assault..."

So that's what he's been doing all along, this crafty genius of strategy.
And we mistakenly thought that he's been a bumbling idiot.

Posted by: Skinny Hippo at September 16, 2003 at 10:06 AM

`Failed to protect us' let's knock this bit of emotional humbug on the head.

Governments cannot protect any one from those intent on muder. What it can do, is use force to eliminate them.Until murderers are dealt with per execution, anyone in the vicinity of where they operate and alos might operate is at risk.The war against terror, Crean, is a successive, the killers are being taken out and in great numbers.This has added force viz Iraq since, under the Baath regime Iraq was the major training camp for terrorists and the regime was a maojor fiancier of terrorists.

On the note of killing terrorists, the notion that the death penalty should not apply, in Australia, to those guilty of horrific crimes is rot. Those types also make `war' in violent ways.

Posted by: d at September 16, 2003 at 10:26 AM

Eh? Another question for our aging hippie/pretend-journalist...What the hell is the 'ANO'? Does the Harridan of Byron fact check anything?

I am a frequent writer to forums all over the place. If I made basic mistakes like that, I'd be laughed out of the joint. What kind of ship is Hilmer running there?

Honestly, I thin I mite be abul to gett a kreer wiv the Syney Mourning Age if I cann jest sirt out my spling and facs like Magort Kinson.

To be fair, I think she may have borrowed ANO straight out from Their ABC:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s804317.htm

But even Aunty's hacks managed to only make the mistake once!


Posted by: Al B. at September 16, 2003 at 10:38 AM

Rumsfeld: Rebuilding up to Iraqis
The Seattle Times

Thursday 11 September 2003

"The infrastructure of that country was not terribly damaged by the war at all."
WASHINGTON ó Iraqis rather than Americans will have to repair most of the damage done to their country by Saddam Hussein's socialist Baath party, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld declared yesterday.

"I don't believe it's our job to reconstruct that country after 30 years of centralized, Stalinist-like economic controls in that country," Rumsfeld told a National Press Club audience. "The Iraqi people are going to have to reconstruct that country over a period of time."

He added, "The infrastructure of that country was not terribly damaged by the war at all."

Posted by: gadzewks at September 16, 2003 at 11:52 AM

I've got to disagree here "Shouldnít a senior political journalist at least know how to spell Andrew Wilkieís name?".

Spelling is the least of her problems, as a senior political journalist making statements like "John Howard is on the ropes" as Simon Crean sinks deeper into insignificance daily is a far greater problem.

She isn't employed to be literate, she is employed to report politics, her spelling mistakes are small beer.

Posted by: harry tuttle at September 16, 2003 at 12:18 PM

She's not illiterate, she's illegible.

Posted by: pooh at September 16, 2003 at 12:48 PM

I forced myself to read the whole article. I suppose it is in the opinion section and so some licence for stupidity can be allowed. But the assertions Margo makes are so far from reality it's not funny. She really is desperate to find some hope that the Govt is in trouble and the beloved Labor party can return and make everthing left again.

As for the spelling errors. I guess that just shows that nobody at the SMH bothers to read her shit.

Posted by: PJN at September 16, 2003 at 03:17 PM

I hope that John Howard continues to be "on the ropes" in the same way as he is today, all the way through the next election.

Posted by: Alan Anderson at September 16, 2003 at 03:20 PM

Well the secret's out. Margo has access to polling that we cannot get hold of!

Apparently, 100% of SMH journalists think JoHo is "finished". 99% of chardonnay socialists think "Little Johnny is on the ropes". 98% of ABC current affairs journalists think Howard is unelectable.

But ...

there are only a small number of them and 20 milion ordinary sensible Australians who respect strong principled leadership and who despise the elites.

John Howard strides like a colossus and Simon Crean is a "dead man walking" as leader of the ALP because Margo's ilk make up one-poofteenth of eligible voters in Australia.

Bring out Margo to entertain us. Dissect Phillip Adams for the sheer ridiculousness of his convoluted double standards. Quote Natasha Britney-Despoya and make us laugh.

But don't ever think they have any influence.

THEY DO NOT !!!!!

Posted by: The_GOP_Elephant at September 16, 2003 at 03:22 PM

GOP Elephant,

Everything you say is correct, but don't mistake Margot and her ilk for "the elite". They are not the eleite. I know because I am one of the elite and I've never seen her type at the meetings. They are merely pseuds and wannabes who have been educate more than is good for their tender little lefty minds.

A lot of people say the Kington's of this world have no common sense. I disagree, they are too common for words. Sense is never common, it is always upper class.

Posted by: Toryhere at September 16, 2003 at 04:58 PM

Toryhere, after a certain number of gin and tonics (and there can never be too many) I always have Jeeves hit the jolly old spellcheck before he posts my message.

Posted by: pooh at September 16, 2003 at 05:48 PM

"Simon Crean has painstakingly built a platform for a potentially devastating assault..."

...on his own career.

I remember at school athletic mmetings, and at the Sydney Olympic marathon, we used to get great amusement by shouting at the guy trailing the field: "Thatta boy! Make your move now!" Amazing that some people actually believe it's a genuine strategy.

Posted by: Clem Snide at September 17, 2003 at 11:31 PM