In 2010 the Gillard government was elected in accordance with the requirements of the constitution. Julia Gillard successfully negotiated with the independents to form a minority government. In doing so she guaranteed to run a full term. By contrast Tony Abbott could not give the same undertaking. He did however say he would almost certainly sell his arse to get the Job. Ask Tony Windsor. It’s on his phone. From day one of her appointment the Prime Minister has endured one of the most sustained and ferocious political and personal attacks ever directed at a national leader.
Tony Abbott got it right when he said in his usual dismissive style “She won’t lay down and die”. As in a wartime pincer movement she has been attacked on three fronts for almost three years with vitriol that would weaken most men, but she has stood up to it with a display of intestinal fortitude that most men would die for. In fact her sex on many occasions has been made the issue whereas the truth of the matter is that most of the worlds problems have been caused by the fact that men have never really grown up. The main stream media has never, and will never acknowledge the tenacity and courage of our first ever female Australian Prime Minister. They want her out and have made no secret of it. They print and tell lies with nefarious consistency that a gullible and politically undiscerning Australian public has never really challenged.
Now lets look at the battle field. We have Julia Gillard and her vulnerable minority government being attacked by a pincer movement. On the left are the enemy within. On the right is the opposition led by the most characterless and colourless negative person of little consequence to ever have walked the halls of parliament and leading the attack, front and centre is the main stream media with Rupert Murdoch as its supreme commander.
The Left Flank.
The left has been led by a once remarkable politician who had the world at his feet but trod on his own ego and that of others. He has a most formidable mind but lacked leadership and humility. History is just an ongoing commentary on the incompetence of narcissistic men who thought they knew it all and failed in the most rudimentary of leadership qualities. That of delegation and the discernment to take advice. Like so many men he believed that he had some sort of ownership on righteousness but instead found out that no man is an island.
In all probability it was Kevin Rudd, with his constant leaking who cost Labor an outright win in the 2010 election. There may certainly have been a case for him to be angry at his dismissal but men with grace get over it. He never did, and has only shown disdain for the party for the past three years. His colleagues and ALP members have every right to be angry with him. Other ministers who supported him also held grudges and were continually white anting the Prime Minister and feeding the press. And it has to be stated that his popularity in the polls is generated from LNP voters, not from ALP supporters. And Crean may have sacrificed himself for what he saw as the good of the party in bringing the leadership to head, but caused a lot of collateral damage in doing so. This attack from the left has made many advances over three years and has been forced to pull back every time by a strong and resilient women.
The Right Flank
The right has been led by a man who has adopted an American style shock and awe approach to opposition tactics. Main stream media has hailed him a the most effective opposition leader in Australian political history. This is solely based on his parties standing in the polls and says nothing about the manner in which he lies and distorts to bring about this standing. Perhaps they should rethink the criteria they use.
On a daily basis and in the parliament he has sought to abuse, disrupt proceedings and tell untruths about Gillard that normal men would not. His gutter style negativity has set a new benchmark for the behaviour of future opposition leaders. Luckily though he may be the only one of his characterless ilk and future opposition leaders may be more affable. Since the election date was announced he has tried to portray himself as a different person. We should not be fooled by this attempt at a chameleon disguise. He is simply a thug and a politician who emanates from the gutter to spread his negativity everywhere.
David Marr uses these words to sum up the character of this would be Prime Minister.
“An aggressive populist with a sharp tongue; a political animal with lots of charm; a born protegé with ambitions to lead; a big brain but no intellectual; a bluff guy who proved a more than competent minister; a politician with little idea of what he might do if he ever got to the top; and a man profoundly wary of change.
“He’s a worker. No doubt about that. But the point of it all is power. Without power it’s been a waste of time.”
On the other hand John Hewson described him as lazy and indolent.
Centre and Leading the attack.
Instead of acknowledging her win last Thursday and withdrawing, the main stream media has indicated it’s readiness to re-engage and charge once again into the action, indeed a blitzkrieg, to get rid of her once and for all. The hatred of her by the Murdoch press is well documented and a refreshed battalion of Fairfax journalists have joined the ranks aided and abetted by the ABC. Take this from ABC news 24 on weekend breakfast after a leadership challenge that never eventuated.
Do you think Labor’s leadership turmoil is really over? Do you think Julia Gillard will lead Labor to the next election and will Kevin Rudd remain a loyal back bencher? And to top that piece of journalist drivel, Channel 10 on Sunday night follows up with a piece about Christopher Pyne receiving text messages from Labor ministers to the effect that another challenge would take place in 72 days or so. On the weekend and into Monday there were a litany of media comments similar to these.
This simply indicates that the media has lost its way and news reporting in general has become so biased that the disparaging of the Prime minister leaves little doubt about its intentions. It is said that the first casualty of war is the truth and in this encounter it has indeed suffered badly.MSM has forsaken truth, justice and respectability in its pursuit of Ms Gillard who in reality has not been a Curtin, Hawke or Keating. But if she should lose the upcoming election she will leave a policy legacy that most never achieve. She is not so poorer a performer and leader that she deserves the daily excoriation to which she is subjected by many in the mainstream or traditional media, by which I mean newspapers and electronic broadcasters both public and commercial.
This onslaught, this war, this media campaign is born of two things. Firstly a fundamental dislike of women and secondly a squalid conservatism eager to protect privilege. Both are despicable.
Main stream media is dominated by males who could never accept a female prime minister. One only has to look at the troops. Bolte, Jones, Ackerman, Hartcher, Henderson and others who know not the proper rules of engagement but instead rely on deception and untruth and in News Corps case follow the bosses orders.
Bruce Guthrie (former editor of the Herald Sun) tells it this way.
“He had asked how the Herald Sun’s main competitor, the venerable Melbourne broadsheet the Age, was faring. Told that some doubted it would be around in another five years, Murdoch gritted his teeth and said: “That has to be our goal.” It was another reminder that while Murdoch and News will tolerate competition, they much prefer market dominance. Monopolies? Even better.”
So biased is the commentary and news reporting by some media outlets and the Canberra press gallery that there is little or no scrutiny on the man who will be the beneficiary of the constant disparaging of Ms Gillard, Liberal leader Tony Abbott.
It’s male led bias has reached such levels of vociferous indecency that it does nothing more than feed the troops with rations of the most audacious repugnant bile. Is it any wonder that the troops don’t see that never before has there been a nation so completely oblivious to not just its sown successes’ but the sheer enormity of them than Australia today.”
To the generals and their minions leading this attack on the integrity of Australia’s Prime minister I would say this.
“At some time in the human narrative…..in our history, man declared himself superior to women. It must have been an accident, or at least an act of gross stupidity. But that’s men for you”