May 15, 2014

Razer’s Class Warfare: a prick he may be, but Hockey’s dancing is irrelevant

Joe Hockey likes dancing to pop songs and smoking cigars while he formulates a budget to screw over the poor and the sick. But it's only the budget that matters -- the personal is not always political.

Helen Razer — Writer and broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and broadcaster

“Joe Hockey is a prick.” This was the dominant sentiment in my Facebook feed yesterday, and its expression fairly eclipsed pictures of children eating cardamom-flavoured cake. This is no surprise, of course, as the default setting for social media use sits somewhere between righteous and cardamom-flavoured smug. If it were just a timeline that had permitted personal insult to stand in the way of something we might legitimately call an opinion, there would be no urgent cause for worry. But ad hominem is no longer endemic to the yowling children of Facebook. It has found its way into the press gallery.

“Joe Hockey is a prick.” This may be true. Its utterance, however, is embarrassing — destructive, even, when it begins to inform a line of professional questioning.

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11 thoughts on “Razer’s Class Warfare: a prick he may be, but Hockey’s dancing is irrelevant

  1. klewso

    So what’s the difference between social and main stream media – besides language parameters?

  2. klewso

    How did Ferguson climax her interview with Bowen?

  3. Deipnosoph

    Great article, Helen. I might just add that Hockey has cultivated an avuncular nice guy personality, and Oakes’ “news” goes towards redressing that spin.

    But I’d much prefer that the average voter had the time and inclination to judge him by his policies rather than his persona.

  4. Stuart Coyle

    It will be a cold day in hell when the average voter learns to judge a person on
    what they actually do rather than on what they appear like or say.

  5. Paul Bugeja

    love your guts HR and appreciate your stance but #smokinJoe and #dancinonthegravesofthepoorJoe just entrench the #borntorule mentality of Hockey and CO…

  6. Paddy Forsayeth

    Well said Helen Razer.Laurie Oaks interview was typical of much media today, encourage controversy and verbal pugilism over and above debate.

  7. Slomo

    Agree completely HR. The cigar and dancing stories are disapointing distractions. The cigar story even warranted 5 minutes discussion on Insiders that could have been used for something relevant…like maybe the budget?

  8. drsmithy

    Joe Hockey is a prick. But it doesn’t matter.

    Yes, it does.

    Also, someone who proposes to change the lives of millions of already disadvantaged people for the worse, for no reason other than adherence to a broken and morally bankrupt ideology, and doesn’t feel sufficient sobriety in the hours before doing so isn’t a “prick”, they’re a psychopath.

    Any of those in doubt of this should have that doubt removed by listening to this morning’s Hockey interview on AM. Even Chris Uhlman was taken aback by some of the responses, FFS.

    I don’t want psychopaths making the decisions that run this country.

  9. Brendan

    You’re correct, but I see the purpose in fighting fire with fire – or rather, voting mindsets all-too-easily distracted by photo ops and talking points with exposés on a politician’s character. Not that I really like it.

  10. Bento

    Completely agree. Cardamom has no place in common desserts….what was the other thing?

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