Tomatoes have already been planted at Clarke Mansions and the pre-pubescent budding outlines of rich red squeezable tomatoes create a strange stirring sensation in my loins as I gaze off into the summer sunset and think of Nabakov. Shuffling items between garden beds and pots took a few hours longer than expected and, as I type this, I am relaxing sore muscles with a dirt cheap, though excellent, Froggie red wine sold in Australia under the label Arrogant Frog – a great drop for under $10.
This morning I took son to violin lesson on other side of Melbourne, wacked 100 golf balls at a practise range at Kingston Links in Rowville then ate the usual Saturday lunch of duck and rice.
I also thought about the prospects of political catastrophe in Australia.
Garrett now says it was all a mistake, humour a stuff-up. Whatever it was Kevin ‘wax-muncher’ Rudd has forgiven Peter Garrett for saying that Labor’s ‘me-tooism’ is a lie and that once Labor gets into power it will change its policies to ones that are different from the Coalition. Me-tooism doesn’t matter because we will change all that when we get into power. Mr Rudd has affirmed affirmatively that he means what he says – ‘it’s our covenant with the Australian people’ . And Peter admits he is a dummy – yep.
I always detested the music of Garrett’s inept rock group Midnight Oil. The lyrics of Garrett’s songs remind me of the sad facts of early leftwing mental retardation. Of course he has grown up quite a bit since those days and adolescence looms.
Earlier in the week Peter Garrett had confirmed the dishonesty and hypocrisy of the Labor Party by conforming (the day after stating the contrary) that Labor would only sign an international agreement on climate change if developing countries did too. Of course this is exactly the reason – much criticised by Labor – the Coalition used for not ratifying the Kyoto protocol.
It is interesting that Labor implicitly accepts the me-tooism. Rudd has essentially said that me-tooism is not a deceitful tactic – they will honour me-tooism.
There are only two minor differences between the Coalition and Labor:
- Labor opposes WorkChoices though current AWAs will be honoured for a period of 5 years – until after the next election. Not a big difference and a lot can happen in 5 years particularly if an inexperienced Labor Government drives Australia into recession.
- Labor will withdraw troops from Iraq. This is a total con since regardless of who wins the election the same number of troops will be doing the same jobs by the middle of next year.