Thursday, March 02, 2006

Sherro's Spewing!

Cop a load of this Mr "I-cross-bridges-but-bash-muslims-when-it's-convenient" Costello:
There is no reason why Peter Costello should ever be prime minister of Australia.

...there is not the slightest way of knowing what sort of change Costello would bring, or even what he believes in or stands for.

Costello's foolish, gratuitous, undisciplined, and slyly offensive comments about Muslims...

The bigger disappointment about Costello is just how lazy and shallow his thinking is whenever he's not speaking from a Treasury script.

....no evidence of any serious thought...

The reason the speech deserves attention, and censure, is because it plays around with race and religion in an entirely negative and dangerous way and to no policy purpose. Unless you are an exceptionally irresponsible person, this is not what you do. 'Exceptionally irresponsible', no less.

On it goes, Sherro can be a pain in the arse but for that very reason- the fact that he's pretty hawkish and right wing on security issues- his comments should have resonance with more moderate and intelligent members of the right.

I say 'should' because my expectations have become pretty low....

8 comments:

Splatterbottom said...

Sheridan almost gets it right, but he is mistaken in comparing Howard favourably to Costello.

In fact Costello is adopting Howard's racist agenda, having seen Howard profit so much from it.

The difference is that Costello is slightly more ham-fisted about it. He hasn't learned to whistle properly yet.

Armagnac Esq. said...

Can't argue much with that. I think the idea that Costa's moved right of Howard is an exaggeration.

phil said...

Costello has had ten loooong years to study a master at work, and the lesson is simple: say and do anything to remain in power. He sure hasn't been doingtoo much Treasurering in that period.

Splatterbottom said...

Can't argue much with that.

Sorry. I'll try to be more disagreeable next time.

C.L. said...

Islam isn't a race, splatter.

If you want to see racism in politics, the worst example of it is in the apartheid-like factional branch-stacking system of the Labor Party. There, everyone is a convenient wog or gook of some sort or another.

C.L. said...

Thought I'd drop in to say hello too, armaniac!

Hope all's well.

Carry on...

Armagnac Esq. said...

Indeed, and for yourself?

Armagnac Esq. said...

I think it's as much critics who refer to the ethicity based voting blocs as "stacks" who are racist.

A stack is where people have all become members of a branch where they don't really live to sway voting.

If a suburb has a huge cambodian population that's not an "ALP ethnic branch stack", that's an ALP branch whose voting is fairly and democratically impacted on by the large Cambodian population within it.

And given Simon's success, the lesson seems to be if they previously voted as a bloc it was because no-one was making a decent effort to talk to them.