** Updated 25 October 2008
See the report. I won’t go into it all but just give a gut reaction, and it is this: I have never before really despised Malcolm Turnbull. Today I do. Just a bit too naked in its grandstanding in the circumstances, I would have thought. Good to see Rudd on fire.
24 hours later
Nothing since I wrote that has changed my gut reaction, except that I have deepened in my revulsion, extending it way beyond Turnbull himself to the whole pack of them and their various attempts to grab headlines during the course of the day. Yes, I know it’s tough for an Opposition, but I wish they had been less hypocritical with their mealy-mouthed “bipartisanship”. See RBA backed unlimited guarantee: Treasury head. In fact he said the reports that triggered the Turnbull shark impersonation — or should that be hyena? — were “Capital W Capital R Capital O Capital N Capital G Exclamation Mark WRONG!”
That’s not to say the government is perfect, but in this case they are the ones who appear responsible and honourable. Opposition: you have disgusted me, and I like to think I am FAR from alone.
Watching The 7.30 Report on ABC just now I see I have added the “capitals” to Ken Henry’s response, but his body language justifies them in spades. Rarely have I seen such ill-concealed fury on the face of such a senior public servant, appointed to his present position, I might add, by the Howard government! Particularly he bridled at that unctuous bigot Abetz. As one would. Transcript.
Turnbull is about to speak on The 7.30 Report. My response has been to turn off the TV and listen to some good jazz on 2MBS-FM. I just couldn’t stomach even the sight of Turnbull right now. Michael Brissenden on The 7.30 Report finished by saying the Opposition is determined to be noticed. Well, it has worked for me. I have noticed, but noticing and being impressed are clearly not the same. It’s one thing to point out practical or unforeseen problems with what the government has proposed in the national interest; it’s quite another to go in for the kill on the back of newspaper stories and rumours as this mob has done over the past day or so…