The Dog’s Bollocks

Truth is like a dog’s bollocks – pretty obvious if you care to look.

Who ya gonna trust? Mr Magoo or the Lying Rodent?

When Howard has secret meetings Dick Cheney, discussions with the nuclear lobby, or when Ministers meet with corporate or Christian lobbyists, it’s all right and proper, as God surely meant it to be. When a Labor politician meets with a lobbyist or trade union leader it is disgraceful – they must be up to no good. What a crock! It’s what politicians do. It’s how the system works, for better or worse. “Politician meets with lobbyist!” Shock! Horror!

The sacrifice of Ian Campbell marks a new low in desperate political cynicism and hypocrisy, even for the master himself, John Howard. Whether it causes any lasting to harm to Kevin Rudd remains to be seen, but I suspect it will blow over soon enough, for mud-slinging is a dangerous strategy which can easily result in collateral damage and self-inflicted wounds. It may well be that the whole sorry affair will cause as much damage to the Coalition as voters come to see it as the sham it is, especially if there are any other Ministers with secret meetings to hide.

That J-Ho is eagerly joining the dots this Sunday morning saying the pressure is now on Rudd just gives the game away. Howard himself admits that Rudd has done no wrong. He’s attempting to convince voters that you cannot trust the judgement of Kevin Rudd in his aspirations to the highest office in the land. This is rich coming from the man who abandoned the ministerial code very early in his first term. The list of ministers who should have resigned is too long to detail here. Most recently is the egregious example of Vaile and Downer overseeing $300 million in bribes to provide material support for a ‘terrorist’ regime.

When Howard has secret meetings Dick Cheney, discussions with the nuclear lobby, or when Ministers meet with corporate or Christian lobbyists, it’s all right and proper, as God surely meant it to be. When a Labor politician meets with a lobbyist or trade union leader it is disgraceful – they must be up to no good. What a crock! It’s what politicians do. It’s how the system works, for better or worse. “Politician meets with lobbyist!” Shock! Horror!

Rudd’s biggest mistake here was not simply admitting that he was keen to gain some political support from the West, and perhaps some insight into the way business is done in the frontier of the Wild West. However it may not be such a good idea for Howard to bring voter attention to honesty and trust. Howard has more to lose on this score than Rudd.

It may provide a couple of week’s distraction from the main game which surely needs to be about why Howard should be re-elected, not why Rudd shouldn’t. At least we’re not discussing the failing war in Iraq, the potential war on Iran, global warming, the not-quite grand water plan, education or health. This is equally about shoring up Howard’s loosening grip on the leadership. If he can cause Labor and Rudd to drop a few points in the opinion polls, it will take the pressure off Howard. On the other hand, if it only causes a drop of a point or two, there will be renewed pressure on Howard to do something to look re-electable or face a possible leadership meltdown.

The other ‘lowlight’ of a dismal week in Federal politics had to be Alex Downer on Lateline commenting on David Hicks and the disallowed attempted murder charge on grounds of lack of evidence, leaving the retrospective custom-made charge of providing material support for terrorism. To claim that this is indicative of our special relationship with powerful friends is pure spin at its most desperate. In a classic Freudian slip, Downer said that this ‘is a difficult…um… serious charge.’ Yes it will be difficult to uphold indeed. Much like honesty in government.

First posted at The Dead Roo.

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