Monday, August 12, 2013

is it really corporatocracy that’s killing democracy?

Okay, I stole the title from an interesting article in The Age, where Beryl Langer suggests we may have freedom of speech, but no one is really listening.

Perhaps you are as torn as I am between a feeling that I must make the best of the democracy we have, and a sick feeling that this might be an onerous obligation. 
Beryl’s article is interesting [i.e. I agree with her] but why bother reading when seeing is believing?

Let me try and make this election period as painless as possible for you, by offering you all the important, must-see moments.

At least you can be confident I am not biased.


No, really: Trust me.

What have you got to lose?

That James Diaz clip

Seriously, if they’re increasing company tax to fund parental leave at a rate way above the minimum wage, it’s just as well they’re also going to reduce company tax.

Let’s be fair, there is a plan;

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Opening remarks in that debate 11 Aug 2013

This is a long clip. Suggest you start about 6.30 in, but don’t blink or you’ll miss it.


  1. I didn't want to watch the debate, but it was on. So, so tedious.

    1. It wasn't on where I was, on the weekend, so I've decided to watch it in small doses. So far - the introduction - has been tedious.

  2. Do we have any intelligent politicians??


    1. Terriers are quite intelligent at meeting their job description. They are the world's most resourceful escape artists and, once they have someone by the ankle, never let go.

      If the number of Rhodes scholars in politics is anything to go by, the answer would be yes. Very good at meeting their job description, whatever that really is.

  3. Thanks so much FC I needed a good laugh before heading off to bed. The James Diaz clip was hilarious/painful, I ALMOST felt sorry for him :) J'adore Shaun Micallef, he is definitely one of the funniest guys around! I did watch the debate and what I couldn't understand was the studio audience voted Rudd the winner, yet Laurie Oakes (not biased at all!) deemed Abbott the winner, so what does that make the audience a bunch of idiots.. I'm not a body language expert by any means but even I could see the 'bully boy' tactics Abbott used when squeezing Rudd's hand to a pulp and the 'close up in the face' attitude..erk he's such twat!