Thursday, August 11, 2005

The bull-calf won't put out

The new Senate sat for the first time on Tuesday of this week. Cohesion and unity were nowhere to be seen.
Senator Barnaby Joyce has been threatened with expulsion from the party and of treading a thin line between horse-trading and blackmail.

Nationals MP Bruce Scott gives us this analogy,
"Perhaps it's a little bit about an early spring in Canberra, the young bulls are out there with some of the old bulls and they're all looking around."
Independent MP Bob Katter offers this advice to Barnaby,
"He's demonstrating to all of them what a bunch of cowards and idiots and lightweights they are. Two to the valley, son, because there ain't anything that they can do. You hold all of the aces."
Senator Bill Heffernan, Liberal Senator seems to be aroused by it all as this statement suggests,
"Everyone knows I'm not a pansy and neither's Barnaby, mate. That's all part of the fun. Colour and movement you call that."
The Nationals' leader, Mark Vaile, said outspokenness was tolerated until the crunch of the vote,
"when we expect, and want to see, the family stick together."
The bull-calf does not disappoint with,
"If anybody was to go into the Senate and to put out that they would never ever consider crossing the floor, then you're basically useless, aren't you?"

Image from here

11 Comments:

Anonymous Guy said...

Interesting times. Barnaby's fortitude will be tested in the coming weeks and months.

2:02 pm  
Blogger Armagnac Esq. said...

Never thought I'd see Bob Katter's words as Gold:

"what a bunch of cowards and idiots and lightweights they are"

Nailed it.

6:49 pm  
Blogger suki said...

Never thought I'd see Bob Katter's words as Gold
Yes, armaniac, I'm equally surprised to find myself agreeing with Katter...

Applying a workplace bullying analysis, I hope that Barnaby has a good Counselor and a loving partner.

I would happily take him on as a client.

7:42 am  
Blogger Gregory said...

Can't say as I've had much respect for the distaff side of the Coalition, but I'm liking Barnaby right now. Standing up to your own party, let alone the government, is admirable in a politician. I wish more of them did it.

12:40 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right now, he is my hero. Ever since he said he didn't like liberals because "they all think they've got something special in their lunch boxes" - YES!

- barista

7:25 pm  
Blogger bastet=^..^= said...

barnaby inspires. i stood up in a very small way to my employers this week and the immediate response was as if the sky had started falling in. if he can do it in national parliament for all to witness, i can do it in small, parochial back-water brisbane where no one really counts! :)

10:04 pm  
Blogger suki said...

bastet=^..^=
So true.
Ever since HoWARd et. al. has come to power he has led from the top in terms of lies, spin and weasel words. He has role-modeled pervasive terminological inexactitude to heights (or lows) just not seen before. Honest John, if he ever existed, is now nowhere to be seen.
Barnaby has, even before the Senate sat, made it very clear that he is unequivocal when it comes to who he is and what he stands for. Whilst he's not (yet officially) an independent Senator he reminds us why voters remain loyal to their independents.

Every action demanding justice or our rights is important.
Your action makes you as much of a hero in your workplace as Barnaby is in his.
All strength to you.

8:00 am  
Blogger bastet=^..^= said...

thanks suki and the irony was i proved how much fear and intimidation we work under here, just by exercising a democratic right, which should not have to be defended or justified. and my attackers were people who remember joh and shudder!!! the fear lives on and i aim to create my small chips at it where i can. :)

4:15 pm  
Blogger Nic White said...

Hes acting more like a proper politician than anyone in the ALP right now.

5:09 pm  
Blogger weezil said...

What's the 'ALP'? Never heard of it before...

7:08 am  
Blogger Nic White said...

Precisely.

7:26 pm  

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