Independents Cling Even Harder To Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Posted on Sun 08/28/2011 by

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Andrew BoltBy Andrew Bolt

In Australia, the current Government led by the ALP (Australian Labor Party) is governing only in a minority capacity with the support of one member of The Australian Greens Party and three Independent Members of Parliament. Both sides, in effect, are beholden to each other, and the Independents have the most to lose if the Government were to be thrown out an any election, as they would lose the immense power that they now wield, and would just return to being virtual nobody seat warmers in any new Parliament…..TonyfromOz.

The independents, too terrified to go to the polls, justify their self-interest with mock-horror at an alleged throwaway line from Tony Abbott a year ago:

THE way Tony Windsor recalls it, Tony Abbott begged crossbench MPs to make him prime minister, joking that ‘’the only thing I wouldn’t do is sell my arse – but I’d have to give serious thought to it’’.

In interviews with The Sunday Age to mark the anniversary of their decision to back Julia Gillard to run the country, independent MPs have revealed startling new details of their reservations about the Opposition Leader – including that joking plea….

Mr Windsor’s fellow crossbench MP Rob Oakeshott also recalls Mr Abbott begging for the job – ‘’yes he did’’ – but would not comment publicly about the gag that he would consider prostitution.

Prostitution? Are you kidding me?

Rather than hyperventilate over alleged joke a year ago, shouldn’t the independents reserve their horror for what’s unfolded since? Including allegations of the use of a union credit card by a Labor MP to engage the services of a real prostitute?

But, no, these turkeys will not vote for Christmas:

‘’The support of the four key crossbenchers is as solid as ever,’’ Mr Wilkie said. … “I think their support for the government has strengthened, partly because they have been treated quite badly by the opposition.’’

Poor munchkins. And how has the country been treated by the Government?

UPDATE

Alan RM Jones observes a rewriting of history:

Tony Windsor as reported in the SMH today:

THE way Tony Windsor recalls it, Tony Abbott begged crossbench MPs to make him prime minister, joking ‘’the only thing I wouldn’t do is sell my arse – but I’d have to give serious thought to it’’.Mr Windsor recalls feeling alarm and pity when Mr Abbott revealed the depth of his personal desire to become prime minister.

‘’I remember him saying: ‘Tony, I would do anything for this job. The only thing I wouldn’t do is sell my arse, but I’d have to give serious thought to it,’’’ he said.

September 2010:

I actually gained a much higher personal regard for [Tony Abbott] during that period of a fortnight…”

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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