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03 December 2009 @ 07:08 pm
Very short post ...  
... because I have 30,000 things to do and less than 48 hours to catch a plane, however, let me just say that for all of you who thought Australian politics had reached a nadir of stupidity the other day, the New South Wales ALP has taken up the challenge and is even as we speak holding a leadership ballot which could possibly install the most appalling parliamentarian in the state, the ghastly, grasping and greedy Kristina Keneally, as leader of New South Wales (the ALP is currently in power, for a given value of the word power).

I have been saying for some time that the only sane vote in the next State election is one handed to anyone but the ALP. If Keneally wins, I think I will actually start handing out flyers for Barry O'Farrell (the cardigan-wearing, very dull, very competent leader of the conservative Liberal Party) if he can hold the religious nuts in his party in check (fundamentalists -- *shudders* -- give me High Church traditionalists every time.)

ETA: Keneally has won. Well, at least the State government has in her a leader who perfectly represents its self-destructive self-interest. And people wonder why NSW is such a basket case in this otherwise buoyant country. Still, the Opera House is just lovely.
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on December 3rd, 2009 08:49 am (UTC)
my god - just heard the accent - you're right its APPALLING! So glad right now that I live in Canberra....
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 3rd, 2009 08:50 am (UTC)
Born in the US. Can we send her back? I am sure they have a village that is missing its idiot. Or real estate viper, whatever ...
drgaellon on December 4th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
HEY!!! :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 4th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
Oh come on, Alaska would LOVE her!

Though I accept that most of your villages are well sorted for their own idiots, as are ours, our state parliament doubly so.
drgaellon on December 4th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
Sadly, my own state's Legislature seems to be jam-packed with village idiots as well. The New York State Senate voted down same-sex marriage this last week, 38-24. The New York Legislature has not submitted a budget to the Governor on time in over 50 years.

In the classic musical 1776, the character of Robert Morris describes a meeting of the colonial New York Legislature; he said everyone talks very fast, and very loud, and no one listens to anyone else, and consequently nothing ever gets done. 233 years later, nothing has changed.