Nov 16, 2012

How News Ltd despairs at Gillard’s success

Labor is looking more like a government than at any time since 2009. And some don't like it -- mainly the editors of The Australian and The Daily Telegraph.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

There are times when one wonders exactly what is going on inside the head of Tony Abbott, an intelligent, well-educated and highly politically experienced man who periodically says the most bizarre things.

It’s as if deep within him there’s a raging id that, despite the best efforts of his conscious mind, once in a while manages to break through. This week he turned a perfectly sensible reflection about how good it would be to have representatives of remote communities in the national parliament into an insult to one of his own MPs and the impression he was categorising Aboriginal people by “authenticity”.

Free Trial

Proudly annoying those in power since 2000.

Sign up for a FREE 21-day trial to keep reading and get the best of Crikey straight to your inbox

By starting a free trial, you agree to accept Crikey’s terms and conditions


Leave a comment

72 thoughts on “How News Ltd despairs at Gillard’s success

  1. Jimmy

    “Gillard has looked a lot more Prime Ministerial of late — less reactive, more like she has a clear agenda and is capable of implementing it.” Anybody else think that this is largely becuase she has been able to get all the initiatives started by Rudd out of the way and now sheis onto things she wanted to do as PM?

    And Abbott’s “start in reversing the “relentless negativity”” is just more of the same. His plan to have more small businesses is like his goal to “get the econonomy growing again”, there is no policy to say how he would achieve his goal nor any reasoning as to whether his goal is of any value.

    People are starting to see through Abbott and until he actually has some policies that make sense he will contine this decline, Turnbull’s ruminations are far from coincidental.

  2. Coaltopia

    Yeah, the Newscorpse is starting to smell. Seems Terry McCrann is now a caricature of himself with recent choice phrases such as: “Starting with the Big Lie that would have made Goebbels blush, the term Carbon Pollution.”

    Extra points for capitalisation.

  3. Jimmy

    Coaltopia – “Seems Terry McCrann is now a caricature of himself” This seems to indicate that Terry McCrann was once credible.

    That fool has no qualifications which is why he has to call himself a “business commentator”.

    I do agree that since the ALP has been in power he has become more foolish by abusing the RBA for getting it wrong (whichever way they went), abusing the govt for providing too much stimulous while simultaneously claiming that if you removed the mining sector we would be in recession (while also saying even with the mining sector we are about to go into recession) and claiming that the Carbon and mining tax are going to destroy the economy despite all evidence to the contrary – surely the only people who take him serously are those who beli eve Bo lt is the voice on the common man.

  4. Peter Shute

    Agree with the tone of the article and so many writers forget that politics is such an uncertain science-things can change rapidly over a week.

    I do not believe the fortunes of The Coalition will change with a change of leadership. They need to go with Tony Abbott for good or bad.

    Good to see also Bernard Keane has included himself amongst the sceptics re Gillard’s fortunes. That’s all we ask of reporters-honesty.

  5. The Pav

    Abbott’s abandonment of the :invilency of the confessional” is not a case of a genuine change of heart or that he actually believes it but is just another case of him abandoning his principals for political gain

    A bit like when he failed to marry his pregnant girl friend because it would cost him his Rhodes Scholarship.

    As to his small business policy…I read it & got hurt laughing…As you point out it is not a policy and that is only just the beginning of the problems with it

  6. Coaltopia

    Nah, don’t get me wrong Jimmy, never liked his poison pen. I just think all these crusties are slowly starting to unhinge. Probably why they call him Terry McRant.

  7. Martin Gregory

    What gives you the impression that The Australian is an outlet that other journalists have to take seriously? It’s a joke – I would have thought that any serious journalists are torn between laughing and cringeing. Or both – anything to distance themselves from what passes as journalism in The Australian…

  8. Jimmy

    Martin Gregory – ” I would have thought that any serious journalists are torn between laughing and cringeing” you would think so but look at the reality, they all play follow the leader on news stories and for some reason they have decided the Oz is the leader.

  9. taylormade

    The good thing about the Australian is that it is not sucked into the Govt or any Govts spin. Thier journo’s can see through it and question every thing so much better than Fairfax, ABC etc.. Remember The Aust(especially Shanahan) knew what was going in relation to the knifing of Rudd and chose to report it where as many others did not even consider such a possibility.Very telling.

  10. Jimmy

    Taylormade – Can I assume you are being sarcastic becausr if you aren’t that comment is just stupid.

    Did you read Andrew Crooks article on here entitled “How The Oz missed the Rudd coup (rather than the other way around)”

    And the reason the Oz doesn’t get sucked into govt spin is that they don’t listen to the govt, they decide what the story is and run with it, regardless of the facts.

Leave a comment

Share this article with a friend

Just fill out the fields below and we'll send your friend a link to this article along with a message from you.

Your details

Your friend's details