April 07, 2004


The Wogblogger isnít impressed by Mark Lathamís just-announced foreign policy.

Posted by Tim Blair at April 7, 2004 03:15 PM

Wonderful! Latham's played to media and forgotten the marginal electorates. Jus like Paul Keating. What a complete boob the man is.

Posted by: Toryhere at April 7, 2004 at 04:19 PM

Wonderful! Latham's played to media and forgotten the marginal electorates. Just like Paul Keating. What a complete boob the man is.

Posted by: Toryhere at April 7, 2004 at 04:19 PM

with all these comments towards OZ, do you ever spontaneously start singing, "Follow the yellow brick road,..."?

Not making fun, much, but really do ya huh do ya?

Posted by: IXLNXS at April 7, 2004 at 04:28 PM

Kinda like Howard and our Bilateral Trade Agreement with China (no mention of it by the way),

Hadn't heard of it at all.

also we should be ashamed of our East Timor 'adventure' because Howard did that and it upset Indonesia and the UN did not approve it.

I didn't know the UN didn't approve.

Posted by: Andjam at April 7, 2004 at 04:33 PM

Off to suck some Malaysian cock and eat some Indonesian pussy!

I can just see Mark Latham on his first international trip, to Indonesia, then to Malaysia. On both knees, tears rolling down his cheeks. "Oh please forgive us for the Howard years. We promise not to stand up for ourselves again!" Then, doing his best Jerry Lewis impersonation, "we so sowwy!!!"

Then, as he receives his golden shower, he can smile knowing all is forgiven.

Posted by: TJW at April 7, 2004 at 05:00 PM

The Labor party has elected Mark Latham to confidently challenge the leadership of John Howard. In order to do this they needed to find someone who could outbully the unions and had the "heritage" to replace Simon Crean.

Whenever they do this, and I don't know why, they go for the schoolyard bully type. Paul Keating fit the bill and it was thought that Mark Latham would do as well.

Unfortunately Mark has had no real history at the highest levels of government, something Paul Keating had achieved. Mark is doing his learning "on the job". One of the things he must learn (as was learned to late by Jimmy Carter) is that you cannot gain the respect of the people by trying to manipulate opinion polls.

No matter what the poll, respondents will tell the interviewer pretty much what they think they should. For instance, ask them about immigration and they will say it is a good thing and that detention camps should be discontinued. Ask them to vote on the issue and they will stick with the party that keeps the borders as they can see for themselves (many of them firsthand)what a shambles it is in other countries.

Mark will have to learn to listen to his professional advisers.

Posted by: allan at April 7, 2004 at 05:21 PM

I read your stuff over at LGF IXLNOT. No wonder they banned you. You're an idiot.

Posted by: soup nazi at April 7, 2004 at 08:28 PM

The most incompetent and dangerous Labour leader in living memory.

Posted by: Craig Mc at April 7, 2004 at 08:45 PM

Yeah, that was cool, soup nazi. Gone in 60 Seconds. :)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 7, 2004 at 09:17 PM

(To make myself clear: It was cool to see IXie show up, post something repugnant, and get himself banned and the comment deleted almost instantly.)

Posted by: Pixy Misa at April 7, 2004 at 09:19 PM

"The most incompetent and dangerous Labour [sic]leader in living memory."

Maybe one day you will be old enough to remember him as a Labor leader!

Posted by: Ron at April 7, 2004 at 09:30 PM

Maybe one day you will be old enough to remember him as a Labor leader!

Look, its not Craig's problem that the ALP are such imperialist-Yankee lackeys that they can't spell Labour the Australian way.


Posted by: Quentin George at April 7, 2004 at 10:05 PM

The vote's going well, hahaha. Been a while since I dropped by. I'd forgotten what a stupid cunt you are Tim. Now I've been reminded, I can disapear again.

Posted by: Freddy at April 7, 2004 at 11:00 PM

Along with your illiteracy, your obscenities and your irrelevance.

Posted by: ilibcc at April 7, 2004 at 11:11 PM

"I read your stuff over at LGF IXLNOT. No wonder they banned you. You're an idiot."

Banned for saying something less than complimentary to Israel. Yeah. I already wrote a web page up on being banned for any comments that are remotely critical of Jews, or Israel. LGF's response just goes to again illustrate you can say anything about anybody, unless they are Jewish or Israeli.

I suggested Canadian Bacon, using real Canadians. Didn't get me banned anywhere.

I suggested beer soaked Aussie Burgers. Pissed off some folks but didn't get me banned.

I mentioned Mexicans giving you the shits, and suggested making sure they were cooked all the way through to avoid this. Nope didn't get banned.

Mentioned Chinese people tasting good stir fried but how you always seem hungry again in an hour or so. Again I didn't get banned.

But make one lousy Matza crack, one suggestion of nibbling on something Kosher, and bam, hmmm, is Bam! copywrited? Well then Ban!

Its truly funny no one sees this. That the only ones who do see it are sheet wearing freaks who spend most their time at weekend retreats shooting targets drawn up like the forieigner of the day.

If in doubt, make a nick you don't use and try it and see.

Posted by: IXLNXS at April 8, 2004 at 05:53 AM

By the way, Ixy, your laser-like insight did indeed penetrate the truth over at Bjorn's:


It was satire. And yes, you are an idiot.

Posted by: John Nowak at April 8, 2004 at 06:43 AM

Yay, the Cold War is over. And what's this economic globalisation thing we need to be worried about? What a shocker. Labor's foreign policy credentials are under close scrutiny, and this is the best they can produce? Shock, horror, Iraq is another Vietnam. Ooh, that's insight for you. 'Asian engagement' is Labor speak for a conga line of suck holes just headed in a different direction. Oh, yeah, and we need to worry a little bit about the Taiwan Strait and North Korea. Gee, thanks for reminding us, like they have slipped completely off the radar (altho Latham makes no reference to any six-party talks which would seem to be a good multilateral idea ...) The UN is good, but then it's not so good and actually does need some reform (which is what former Labor foreign minister Gareth Evans has been set to work on!) Was this speech written by the same junior staffer who put the dear leader in front of the American flag at his press conference? What role did Kevin Rudd play, if any, in this farce?

Posted by: mike at April 8, 2004 at 07:11 AM

I am hoping Kevin Rudd played little or no part in that speech. To his credit, Rudd is an experienced international diplomat - at least in comparison to Latham - and I cannot beklieve some of the terms used by Latham would have come from Rudd.

For example, Latham's misunderstanding of alliance politics and strategy is shocking - "we want to protect Australia first but also be a strong partner to the bloody scary US hegemon"....this is not Rudd-like. Kevin will be shaking his head this morning and thinking "what if I had of challenged????"

Posted by: Dylan at April 8, 2004 at 11:00 AM

Dylan, why do you think Rudd's been so hard to get? How many times have you heard even the ABC saying that Rudd refused to appear/make a comment? He tries to steer the good ship Labor-Party-Foreign-Policy back in some sort of reasonable line, then WHAM! Hit by a blind whale shrieking 'George Bush sucks! Pull out the troops! Home defence! Quagmire, quagmire!' like a drunken, barely coherent, snarling teenager. The ship's sinking and the ALP, desperate as it is, has closed its eyes, 'buckled down for the ride, and is hoping like hell it falls over the line in, what, October? November?

Posted by: lms at April 8, 2004 at 04:13 PM

By the way, Latham says he wants to meet with John Kerry, given his experience in Vietnam--seems he thinks Kerry will offer him some good advice. D'you reckon he'll also meet with these guys in his search for enlightenment?

Posted by: lms at April 8, 2004 at 04:21 PM