For some unknown reason, and in diametric opposition to all the available evidence, the media seems to think that because the federal government tells them that they are ‘superior economic managers’ of our economy, it is actually true. I suspect the mainstream media think this because their proprietors want to keep the public funds flowing into their coffers by way of subsidies, grants, government advertising and tax cuts.
Articles from THE BLOT REPORT
While it was clear that former Prime Minister Scott Morrison was on the nose, and that it seemed likely that the Coalition would lose the election, it was unexpected that it would be such a drubbing. The Coalition was reduced to their lowest proportion of seats in the House of Representatives since the Liberal Party first ran in a federal election in 1946.
Much of what happened in the federal election was down to people working out what an appalling person Morrison was, and what a seemingly genuine person Albanese is, with a concomitant swing away from the Liberals to Labor and the Greens. Perhaps even more surprising and fascinating was an ‘if you won’t do something, we’ll do it ourselves’ with a concomitant huge swing in some previously safe Liberal seats to ‘climate independents’ (the Teal Independents).
Barnaby Joyce, looking a bit disconsolate, was interviewed on the ABC a couple of days after the May 21 election result became clear. When asked about an assertion by Nationals colleague Michael McCormack that Joyce’s unpopularity was a factor in the Liberal Party losing about 20 seats, he resorted to the ‘I’m in the Nationals’ argument and ‘that’s a question for the Liberal Party’1.
It has often been said by people who are not admirers of the Liberal Party that the people who vote for them are either thick or rich. The rich vote for them, because it is in their interests, and the thick vote for them because they are often incapable of understanding they are voting against their own interests.
I have spent the last five and a half years on this blog ranting about the injustice, hypocrisy and idiocy of the Coalition government under Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison. This blog was supposed to be a way of ending, or at least diminishing, my shouting at the television. However, as it became clear that the lying, bigotry and nutjobbery under Morrison was much worse than that under Turnbull, the shouting at the television increased again.
We went down to vote this morning; it’s a nice walk of about a kilometre along our street and through a park replete with gum trees, wattle trees, casuarinas, magpies, peewees and galahs, as well as a few neighbours who were also going to vote.
As far as I am aware, in the UK and Australia, a tout is someone who buys up tickets for an event, to sell them at inflated prices to people desperate to get a ticket to said event. In the US, a ‘tout’ is someone who goes around racecourses offering racing tips, in exchange for a share of any winnings. In the UK and Australia, the name given to that person is ‘urger’ or ‘racecourse urger’.