Bring Tony Abbott back…yep…I said it…

I’ve kept quiet about politics for a little while, as the thought about it and the subsequent question marks I raise about suitability, electability, usefulness and just downright helpfulness irk me and leave me shaking with confusion and frustration.

I didn’t vote Liberal party, and most people would suggest that I vote left…but I viewed Malcolm Turnbull and what he stood for as an eye raiser, in a good way…possibly someone who could attract some votes from those close to the centre…maybe even mine. (crazy hey? tell me about it)

I’ve watched Malcolm Turnbull since his replacing of Tony Abbott and I had hoped, with a fair degree of trepidation, that it would show a marked turn in the Liberal party towards a more centralist path, well certainly more left of the far right that they were camped out with.

…a path where perhaps bi-partisan support would come from the Labor party, because the policies proffered by the Libs were solid and they then had the backing of both sides of the house…

…a path where minorities weren’t utilised as weapons in placating the internal rumblings of parties, or horse traded with fringe parties…

…a path where the treatment of the indigenous population is high on the agenda and asylum seekers human rights aren’t trampled over…

…a path to prosperity and tolerance with a view to be progressive with the economy, invest in innovation and temper economic Luddites in Canberra…

…a path where the good of the country’s climate issues might indeed attract mainstream ACTION as opposed to tinfoil wearing postulation, based solidly on conspiracy theory…

…a path where members of the Liberal party would rally behind their leader, after finally making a decision about their leadership team, would push in a concerted effort to govern the country. Spurred on by putting the excitement and tumult of the leadership behind them they would become ‘not the Labor party’ and get on with things…

Having ensured I had not partaken in any Class A drugs, I had to sit down and have a stern talking to myself…I thought all of this, perhaps naïvely, and I shake my head at the history repeating from the last 4 PM’s in this country (5 really but one doubled up).

Turnbull’s ascendency is a joke.

So much so that it is an affront to Australians and anyone who believes in progressing this country. His arms bound by the factional right in the LNP, whilst Shorten takes swinging kicks to his nuts, he has been rolled and they keep rolling him every breath he takes. None of the progressive policies he indicated he personally supported were part of his platform before the top job and absolutely none of the tempering of the factional idiocy within his own party. None of the representation of National Party Coalition constituency needs and yet none of the representation of the Eastern Suburbs LGBTI community…dafuq is he doing?

He’s been hamstrung but won’t fight back…which makes him beige. Beige leadership. Beige decisions. Beige everything…even beige fucking couch as I saw on the ABC!

Bring back Tony Abbott. I don’t like the guy, believe me, but he is at least consistent with what he says. I can trust him to be the guy I expect him to be. I can trust him to be anti LGBTI issues, I can trust him to be misogynistic, he can be trusted to gut the ABC and can absolutely be trusted to promote and bring into the light out of the shadows the far right within his party.

The Monk is gleefully sitting in the shadows waiting for Turnbull to deliver a solid self-uppercut to himself, in addition to all the body blows that the right of the party have given Turnbull, so he may as well just be given the baton to run with.

Give it to him…let him run again and let him get belted.

Democracy is paralysed in this country. Nothing is progressing. Nothing is happening. Nothing is changing. The neo conservative is winning votes based on fear, xenophobia, staunch religious doctrine…and the moderates are to blame. If there is no decent alternative, what the fuck do people expect…

You are a toothless tiger Malcolm…but it’s not all your fault…you might have been smart enough to make an enormous fortune and achieve fantastic academic success through smarts and drive, but you were never armed to deal with the likes of Canberra.

Hand it back to Tony…at least we can fight with someone who wants to front up with a position.



Lining up, shopping and sneakers – Our USA tour so far

As many of you probably read in my post from last year about our tour of the UK, I generally do my travel logs in a series of ‘top tips’…this one will be similar but will also be a mishmash of highlights, musings, pointers and oddness….some will have pictures and some will have pictures made from words…that’s called using your imagination! (Incredible yeah?)

DISNEYLAND has many lines of extremely happy people!
Lots of people said to us as we shuffled into Disneyland at stupid early o’clock, ‘HAVE A MAGICAL DAY!’ and I looked at them with a degree of cynicism…in Australia most people would think ‘is this guy being a smart arse?’ But here really believed it and was so excited for us to have a magical experience. I looked around for the koolade dispenser, but saw this instead…
Mascots everywhere…lots of them…Tigger, Winnie, Rafik, Minnie Mouse, Mickey and a boatload of others. And they are all pumped up for Haynes all day. (For those of you unaware, the dashingly Santa Cruz’d hatted gentleman on the left is me)

People are really really happy and it starts to become infectious…I kept pulling myself up and being realistic about the ridiculousness….but by the end of 2 days at Disneyland I had the track suit on, the koolade flowing through my veins and the need for more rides.

Speaking of rides…the USA has a national pastime which is lining up. I’ve never seen people wilfully line up like people do here…and no one is cranky about it either….weird. At Disneyland I waited 50 minutes to get on….yep almost an hour and that wasn’t a long line compared to other rides.

Indiana Jones ride? Awesome
Splash mountain? Awesome
Star Wars ride? Awesome
Catering at Disneyland? Average to the max…

All in all I give it 8 out of 10…it loses 2 due to poor coffee and the massive Star Wars plug given the recent acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney…couple of photos to illustrate 🙂 but also to peruse from the funness that is Disneyland.