Wednesday, February 09, 2011

I do not say Andrew Bolt is a complete weasel

But I do say that Bolt’s performance yesterday following Prime Minister Gillard’s tears in Parliament is a study in the use of weasel words.

I do not say Julia Gillard’s tears in Parliament today, in talking about the Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi, were anything but genuine. . . .

But I do say the tears follow much damaging criticism about Gillard being ”wooden” in responding to the disasters.

I do fear that to suddenly go from one extreme to the other will jar with many.

Again, I do not conclude that Gillard is insincere. I just suspect that they will not do Gillard the good they may have done had she cried in front of the victims instead.

I do not say that, if Gillard had actually cried in front of flood victims instead of in Parliament, Bolt would have written something like...

I do not say Julia Gillard’s tears in front of flood victims were anything but genuine.

But I do say there’s a time and place for everything, and though I do not lightly say so unless pressed to give my opinion, I suspect that a weeping Prime Minister unloading on already traumatised people may seem inappropriate to many people.

I do not say that alcohol is an effective remedy for a bad taste in the mouth.

But I do say that a drink after reading anything by Bolt might well be considered medicinal.

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Sunday, February 06, 2011

Back to profligacy

Yesterday morning I was extremely concerned there might be something, well, not right with the climate."

By this morning it would seem I was being somewhat of an alarmist.

We are now able to drive to the Fountain Gate Shoppingdrome without hindrance, so the world is again as it should be in the best of all possible worlds.

Humans: 1

Nature: 0

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