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Feb 15, 2018

Razer: Barnaby’s a hypocrite, so what? They all are.

As progressives commentators fret over Joyce's ethics and potential misdeeds, they miss the bigger picture: politics should be much bigger than politicians.

Helen Razer — Writer and Broadcaster

Helen Razer

Writer and Broadcaster

The nation needs further accounts of its “Love Rat” Deputy Prime Minister like it needs another thermal coal mine. Surely, there is less than nothing now to be gained from scrutiny of the man’s alleged misdeeds. Hidden corruption is not the true problem with Joyce, or with most any politician. It’s the corruption in plain sight.

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26 thoughts on “Razer: Barnaby’s a hypocrite, so what? They all are.

  1. Jay Lawson

    What is the point of being a Minister if one cannot do favors for friends and of course receive favors?

  2. Wm

    Disagree Helen.

    Swinging voters are ignorant bogans who vote against their own interests. Its a vanity thing. You cannot reason with these people. They further harden the more you bombard them with facts contrary to their beliefs. This is the true Trump effect.

    Lefties are obsessed with playing fair and by the rules. Holier than though bullshit. By doing this they will always lose.

    It is positive that progressives are playing by News ltd rules and going ofter the weak (feral tories) with fury until they are disposed of. This is the correct tactic. Plenty of time for other issues.

    1. David Thompson

      “Lefties?!”
      Where?

    2. Helen Razer

      Plenty of time. Until 2050, at least.

    3. Draco Houston

      So, swinging voters vote against their interests, does this include when they vote for the ALP or Greens?

  3. Betty

    Sort of Helen.
    Here’s the thing .
    There’s degrees of awfulness in public life and on a scale of 1-10 our Barney boy is on a perfect 10.
    He’s not just a hypocrite but a really nasty piece of work as well as a dud as BK has eloquently pointed out.
    Joyce proudly proclaims to “believe in the legacy of Jo” direct quote.
    That’s pretty compelling evidence.

    1. Helen Razer

      Joh. Malcolm. Not sure which is worse.

      1. Carlene Colahan

        Let’s call it a draw

      2. Sleuth

        Helen, I lived through the long 19 years of Joh rule and as bad as Turnbull is, at least I haven’t been arrested, dragged through the courts and fined, just for attending a protest rally.

        1. jlgintheuk

          So true. Growing up under Joh and thinking it was normal (i.e. not knowing any better), then as an adult looking back with horror.

        2. Helen Razer

          I do absolutely understand that the hard repression of that era in Queensland was extraordinary. I know activists who came up in Brisbane. Actually, A LOT. JBP produced a great suspicion of the state.
          The close surveillance under which we live now is relatively invisible. But, we have lost some very fundamental freedoms and 60 government agencies may learn the most intimate details about us thanks to the old metadata legislation. There’s a thing that some old leftists say along the lines of overt censorship being a better sign of wide political awareness. I tend to agree. People say, when confronted with the knowledge of warrant-less searches “I’m okay. I don’t mind. I didn’t do anything wrong.” They accept the condition of being watched. And don’t even seem to consider that they may have broken some little known law, or could easily be doing something now that becomes punishable in the future.
          Censorship by corporations (Google and Facebook) means that anything deemed “Russian-linked” is very hard to access. We have a record number of prisoners. We have essentially lost the right to strike and poverty is on the rise.
          I do understand what you are saying and I was recently talking to two folks in their seventies who remember when censorship was really censorship. They recall the Menzies attempt to ban communism.
          We talked for a while about “which was worse”: an invisible set of conditions that arose to very effectively not only deny us rights but to even make many of us think that these rights had disappeared for our own good, or the old book banning.
          The answer is, both things are bad. In different ways. But the former, obvious state was easier to fight against.
          Imagine a Doc Evatt today. An establishment figure fighting for our basic freedom. Honestly, every time I suggest (with research, with reference to the non-findings of the Mueller investigation, with statements from those content providers deemed to be “too Russian”) that current conditions deny many access to material critical of states and corporations and use “election interference” (for which there is no compelling evidence found after an 18 month search, and with which only a few of the intelligence agencies claimed to endorse the Russia assessment are in accord) people send me actual emails, sometimes threatening, saying that I am against freedom and, oddly, that I endorse misogyny. Because, apparently, I love Putin in saying that the Russia threat may be overblown.
          And, I’m hardly a Doc Evatt.
          My point being, it is much easier to be considered a lunatic now than in the past for pointing out state interference in our lives and perceptions of the world.
          SO. In short, yes and no!

      3. Betty

        Helen, I recommend you read John Birmingham’s excellent eulogy to the Bjelke Petersen’s after Flo carked.
        Cracking summary of life in the deep north in those halcyon days.

  4. Mr Smith

    Sure. The system is broke, etc.
    Getting rid of BJ won’t solve anything, but heck, as far as schadenfreude goes, it takes some beating. Please let us have a little moment of enjoyment of seeing a red-faced, Catholic defender of family values and the sanctity of Holy Matrimony (Batman) twist slowly in the wind.

    1. Helen Razer

      Mr S. I see your point. However. This seems to be the only pleasure or fuel for so-called progressives now. Such-and-such suffers some embarrassment, and it feels like a victory.
      I recall that there was great celebration in 2013 when Mirabella lost her seat to an independent. I was not at all in the mood for celebration after an Abbott win and I felt that this was the start in Australia of utter compromise by progressives. “At least let us have this” they say. And they become satisfied only with minor victories that are, in fact, ultimately unproductive.
      I do loathe these persons. Of course. I enjoy watching conservatives embarrassed. I just believe we place such faith in meaningless moments and we tell ourselves that there is an appearance of progress.

      1. Carl

        It seems as though “winning the battle but losing the war” might be perfectly appropriate in these circumstances.

  5. Sweeney Julanne

    Yesterday I watched a brilliant talk on TV when the President of Science & Technology Australia ,Professor Emma Johnston ,delivered the Science Meets Parliament Address to the Press Club on the topic ‘Australia’s Science and Technology on the World Stage’. I can’t find or STEM in media headlines today.

    I was both thrilled and worried to hear Professor Johnston’s evidence and solutions for Australia to regain its place in the world of science .

    At the same time Australia’s media was focused on the personal life of a rural political leader who has caused so many backward steps by denying scientific information and reducing financial support for science.

    His avid supporters would do well to watch the National Press Club address which was non -political while full of evidence .

    At last this leader’s personal inadequacy to live up to his preaching might encourage Australians to assess and expose the damage he has brought to our environment and scientific research. His personal family break-up is parallel to the loss and chaos in Australia’ scientific environment.

    Julanne Sweeney

  6. AR

    Let’s not wade too far into the Slough of Despond – giving Barnyard the Al Capone treatment, swing for a peccadillo whilst truly monstrous acts of omission & commission flow (sic!) on without cessation.

  7. Peter Wotton

    Another example of why Razer is so difficult to read and understand. Possibly my non JJJ history locks me in another world.

  8. MAC TEZ

    “Our progressive political commentators could describe those policies that have led in Australia to a median weekly income of $662 and a crisis of private debt.”
    Or you could HR, rather than file in another “did ya see what those wankers at the Guardian wrote ” piece.
    Here at Crikey, readers know that the rest of the media will focus more on personalities than policies.
    So, we subscribe and get the kind of real deal,hard-hitting,no-bullshitting kind of journalism that only the likes of Derryn Hinch can provide !?!

    1. Helen Razer

      I am sorry if you feel short-changed, MT.
      I have written a lot here at Crikey on financialisation of our economy. I engage with readers often who ask (and I really enjoy this) that I look at such-and-such a solution or emerging critique. Writing about both (a) neoliberalism and (b) the championing and normalisation of neoliberalism is what I try to do most often.
      I do believe that a look at how mainstream media organisations (there are several mentioned here, not just the graun) help us lower our expectations for democracy is useful. I will, however, be mindful in future of offering more substance. Thanks.

      1. MAC TEZ

        Thank you HR, I look forward to more substance and more from you on the financialisation of our economy and all the devil in that detail.
        Anyone who is fed up with the MSM and so turns to Crikey for something more would feel short-changed to find the decidedly diabolical DH resides here !
        As to looking at how the MSM lowers our expectations…save your energy for the stuff of substance because your former colleague FDOTM (at the Guardian of all places !) has covered this very same topic with greater wit and within it’s proper context.
        You have bigger fish to fry and a hungry horde of readers to feed.

        1. Helen Razer

          We remain fond of our First Dog!

  9. York City

    The satisfaction of seeing these lying hypocrites fall like us mear mortals is why. We can actually feel a little better than them until tomorrow when another awful replacement thinks they’re better than us. Yesterday was Bronwyn and Dastiary, today with BJ completes the trifecta of the 3 ‘respectable parties’. I hate the media being polite to them. They rarely deserve that.

  10. Cheree Corbin

    Well, yes, sure, if the media are be-all and end-all of ‘progressive change in Australia’.
    But the number of people who believe that dropped significantly last week. And for me, that’s been the most interesting conversation happening as a result of Joyce being Joyce.

    People I follow on Twitter are currently discussing the role of the media in maintaining the status quo; why it is exactly that there’s one rule for politicians and a different rule for them; endemic corruption within politics.

    Before these people used to tweet about Russians implanting a chip in Trump’s ‘brain’.

    I see the conversation around Joyce as a consciousness-raising opportunity.

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