Posts Tagged ‘Australian Politics’

Et tu, Rusty?

June 26, 2010

I’ve got a bad habit of making blog posts where the title, video clip, and opening sentence are all complete non sequiturs.  So again today, I’m ticking those boxes.

As anyone in Australia should now be aware, former Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard is running the show after a bloodless coup against the David to John Howard’s Goliath, Kevin Rudd.  And of course, we’re all firmly entrenched in the honeymoon period right now.  Much has been made of the “I-didn’t-vote-for-her vs. Yes-you-fucking-did-because-you-voted-for-the-party-and-it’s-policies” debate, but I don’t really care about that.  Both arguments have their merits.  Who can really say they vote for a faceless set of policies?  Who can really justify getting pissed off when they throw their vote behind the cult of personality with little-to-no knowledge of the policies, and then the talking head they picked gets bounced?

Whatever.  I was no fan of Kevin Rudd, I was just elated when John Howard got knocked out of the box.  In fact, I’m not a fan of any politician, barring two unique exceptions: Paul Keating and Gough Whitlam.  The rest suck.  And leader of the opposition Tony Abbott sucks in a mighty way which few before him can match, so for that reason I hope the red head gets it right in the months to come.  But the knife in Rudd’s back seems to be a massive overreaction to me, however necessary some power brokers who were nervous about the whole “middle finger to the mining industry” thought it to be.

Moving on to David Villa’s delightful long-range chip in the clip above, how about that shit eh?  You’ve gotta question the goalie’s decision-making, but take nothing away from the diminutive Spaniard.  Great goal.

I realised I haven’t written a blog post since the World Cup started, and that probably says it all about how I’ve been spending my time.  Australia’s campaign has ended, but happily they took it right to the wire and beat a very good Serbia team in what would be heralded as a fantastic result were it to stand in isolation.  As it is though, the 4-0 pantsing by Germany has cast a shadow (albeit a shrinking one in the face of consecutive sterling performances against Ghana and Serbia) over the whole campaign.  So many ‘what-ifs’ and ‘coulda beens.’  Let’s just say I’m glad to see the back of Pim Verbeek, and super hyped for the Asian Cup in 2011.

I haven’t been a complete couch potato during the World Cup though, I’ve been working on tracks for a mixtape you’ll soon be hearing more about.  But let’s just say I was working a little bit harder on it before the World Cup started than I am right now.

And on that note, I think there’s a replay of Switzerland vs. Honduras about to start……