We are well into an election year yet I find it increasingly hard to care.
Today was pretty amusing and did a fait bit to re-spark my political interest. In the morning the shadow foreign affairs Minister Julie Bishop was spreading a hair brained conspiracy that the measured expelling of an Israeli diplomat was an evil plot to get UN votes from the wicked Arabs. By the afternoon she had upgraded her stupidity to directly attacking our intelligence agencies by claiming “well we forge passports too”.
This hasn’t been an isolated event but a key tactic of the coalition just to report, spread or create any wacky conspiracies and yell them from the rooftop. This is fine for bloggers or journalists, but the opposition should at least make sure their political attacks are at least based in reality.
Where did it start? Well whilst they were still in government and continued in opposition. I’ll try and list all that I can remember.
1. Rudd lied about being kicked out of his family how when he was a kid.
Rudd was accused by Tony Abbott of lying about being kicked out of his family home after his father died. Like the birthers it presents a grand conspiracy of Rudd that goes back decades to before he was even interested in politics. Also promoted by News Ltd nitwits Tim Blair and Andrew Bolt so you know its quality bonkers.
2. Rudd is a puppet of Brian Burke.
When Rudd openly declared he had dinner with convicted criminal Brian Burke it didn’t just show bad judgement. Peter Costello proved by the power of insinuation that Rudd was now compromised and corrupted. A Prime Minister Rudd would be under control of Brian Burke all because they once shared a dinner table in 2006! Makes perfect sense.
3. Rudd is a puppet of China
Not actually based on anything apart from Kevin Rudd speaking Chinese. Several Libs used the term “Manchurian Candidate” to describe Rudd, tried to create tension with Japan by suggesting Rudd was ignoring them in favour of China and so forth. Nothing more than thinly veiled race baiting.
4. Some Chinese woman controls the defence Minister
The former defence minister had a friend who was, get this CHINESE. Cue more race baiting that somehow this woman was an evil spy who had corrupted a governement minister based on nothing more than her race.
5. The entire Kevin Rudd Primeministership is just to add to his cover letter when he’s applying for UN Secretary General.
Plays up to conservatives hatred of the UN. Illogical as a political attack because even in the unlikely even that it is true you will only be vindicated many years from now when it doesn’t even matter. First spruiked by The Australians Greg Sheridan then repeated like an annoying parrot by Julie Bishop.
6. Kevin Rudd like totally went bonkers when he couldn’t find a hairdryer.
This rumour is quite possibly true, and who really gives a shit that it is. It’s just disturbing that coalition MP’s think their job is to relay unreliable gossip they here in army barracks and somehow think it’s political attack.
7. Our aid money and expelling a diplomat is just an evil conspiracy to get the scary muslims and scary dark people to vote for us at the UN.
8. Kevin Rudd went bonkers at newspaper editors.
It’s understandable that oppositions would stretch the truth to attack their opponent. It’s another to believe any rumour no matter how ridiculous as fact as long as it makes the government look bad, it makes you look deceitful, naive and foolish. Malcolm Turnbull staked his credibility on the claims of a government staffer called Godwin Grech. It turned out Grech was lying and the price Malcolm paid was the loss of his credibility within the electorate. If the Liberals continue to waste political attacks on innuendo and gossip it just makes it harder and harder to look at them as a credible alternative.
Either that or the Arabs/Chinese/Brian Burke have gotten to me too!