November 25, 2003


Phillip Adams, presumably still seething over Kim Beazley’s failure to fawn, launches a pre-emptive strike against a Beazley comeback:

Apart from border protection, Beazley has never been all that excited by policy and his apparatchiks remain poll driven. So we'll have a real ding-dong as both sides of politics try to outdo each other in the war against terror.

I've always believed that Beazley would have been an even more willing member of the coalition of the willing than Howard, that his passion for military history would have had him wanting to make it. So it's odds on we would have sent even more troops to the Middle East had Beazley been PM - and it would have been him having the photo ops with George W. Bush and Tony Blair.

How awful. Interestingly, considering his history of opposition to the war on terror, Adams also throws in this line:

It's likely, even inevitable, that Australia will have a car bombing on its soil.

Any ideas on how we might combat this “inevitablility”, Phil?

Posted by Tim Blair at November 25, 2003 11:52 AM

Most Australian-made cars are bombs.

Posted by: Habib at November 25, 2003 at 12:03 PM

I doubt Adams could spell 'action' let alone suggest an effective one. His solution would be to roll over, lay back and think of Paddington.

A non-Muslim in a Muslim country is called a d'himmi. Seems an appropriate name for the likes of Adams.

Posted by: Paul Johnson at November 25, 2003 at 12:36 PM

If anyone here is a Simpsons fan, I must say that I like to think of Phillip Adams as always acting like Homer did when he was trying to teach the kids about rock music - and kept mentioning all his old favourite bands like "Grand Funk Railroad", "Jefferson Airplane", "Bread", etc. Meanwhile, all the kids are literally CRINGING over his taste in music. But Homer continues: ", Jefferson Airlpane paved the way for Jefferson Starship, who paved the way for the Alan Parsons Project, which I believe was some kind of Blimp..."

In comparison, we have Phil bagging everyone to the Right of him week after week in his columns in The Australian (newspaper + magazine). Judging by the last three election results, most people nowdays would be CRINGING while reading what he has to say. But good old Phil, on he goes just like Homer: ", John Curtin paved the way for Ben Chifley, who paved the way for Arthur Calwell, who then paved the way for 'Saint' Gough..."

I guess he has a bit of trouble coming to terms with the fact that so many Australians don't consider him to be some kind of Prophet. After all, doesn't everyone realise that Australian political and social culture obtained perfection on December 5 1972?

Richard :-)

Posted by: Richard at November 25, 2003 at 01:03 PM

I believe the Alan Parsons Project was some kind of hovercraft, actually. But the point remains the same.

Posted by: aaron at November 25, 2003 at 01:55 PM

It really doesn't matter because what the ALP did in the Senate last night over the excision of islands from the migration zone just lost them the next election.

You Beauty. Keep up the good work Senator Faulkner et al.

Posted by: Razor at November 25, 2003 at 02:00 PM

Phil does look remarkably like the "comic book guy".

Posted by: Habib at November 25, 2003 at 02:06 PM

We've had car bombings before, and no amount of Muslim-bashing would prevent them.

Posted by: Robert at November 25, 2003 at 02:11 PM

Roll over, lay back and think of Pudding more like! Ha ha

Posted by: Amos at November 25, 2003 at 02:30 PM

Peter Gabriel gave way to Genesis who paved the way for a short fat bald drummer to have hits with execrable songs like Tsunami? Sue Studio? Tunafish? Subaru?

Posted by: pooh at November 25, 2003 at 02:43 PM

I think the time is fast approaching when Phil should retire to the olive farm. There he can devote his time snarfing down olives whilst stroking his ancient egyptian artifact(s). Hell he can get Keating down on weekends and give him a hand polishing his old european clock(s).

Artifacts/clocks - is there a connection?

Posted by: Rob at November 25, 2003 at 02:59 PM

If Kimbo does make a comeback,he'll be able to use a Homer line to revive his favourite form of border protection:
Reporter to Beazley: Mr Beazley, who'll police the police?
Beazer: D'oh, the Coastguard?

Posted by: slatts at November 25, 2003 at 03:59 PM

There must have been some very interesting moments when Tim and Phil ended up in the elevator together during Tims days at the Australian.

Posted by: gaz at November 25, 2003 at 08:34 PM

Why would Tim be using the freight elevator?

Posted by: Richard at November 26, 2003 at 11:24 AM