Archive for March 30th, 2006

Is Kim Beazley trying to prove that he is out of touch?

And if so, doesn’t that just prove the point that he is out of touch considering that he, therefore, does not recognise it?

Anyway, the point I am getting at here is Kim’s visit to ACTION’s belconnen depot yesterday where Kim, in a very foolhardy manner, thought that he would be talking to his grass roots supporters, and would get his head on the TV news having a cup of tea, slice of cake and a chuckle with his comrades of the automotive transportational variety…preferably with him blowing out a candle and making some silly joke about it which brings applause and laughter from the bus drivers.

Instead (as this Canberra Times article shows), he encountered some opponents. The details in the articel are mildly interesting, but they are off topic in this discussion. The point is that Kim not only doesn’t catch buses in Canberra, he doesn’t listen to talk radio in Canberra, and neither do his media advisors. Kim waltzed into the bus depot thinking that everybody in their would want an autograph from their somewhat trademarkedly bulky hero, and was shocked to find that they weren’t. Admittedly he had some responses to the criticism from the bus drivers, but that probably has something to do with him having many similar experiences.

If Kim had bothered to check with his media advisors, or even caught a bus in Canberra lately, he would have soon realised that many bus drivers do not support him. In fact many drivers listen to 2CC which does tend to have a lot of anti-Beazley/Labor speech, and many of them ring in to express such opinions. In fairness there are some who ring in to support Beazley/Labor, but they are vastly outnumbered by the anti-Beazley/Labor camp. As a fairly regular bus traveller I really can’t recall the last time I heard a driver listening to a non-News Radio ABC station, although FM music stations are relatively common.

I don’t think anybody doubts that Kim Beazley exists, we all see him on the news and in the newspaper, but I think it is about time that he stops the silly social visits for air time, and actually produces some policies based on what the people he meets actually say to him. If he does that, then maybe, just maybe, Labor will stand a chance at the next election.


19 comments March 30th, 2006 at 02:27pm

2CA to broadcast AFL again in 2006

I am pleased to be able to confirm that AFL did not get the chop in 2CA’s recent format change, and will be broadcast again this year, continuing to make the Capital Radio Network the sports leader in Canberra, with the excellent 3AW AFL coverage relayed on 2CA, and the excellent 2GB NRL coverage relayed on 2CC, with 2CC’s own local team covering Raiders matches not covered by 2GB.


2 comments March 30th, 2006 at 09:16am

Samuel’s Footy Tips

The AFL starts tonight, and with any luck I will do a bit better there than I have done in the NRL so far. I will see about doing some graphs of my results for the weekly results posts.

Last week there was a fisaco with Internet Explorer and one version of Firefox (an older version I believe) not following standards and therefore not rendering my tips, and crossing out half the website. In light of that I am trialling some different HTML tags which should be overly friendly with our less standards compliant browsers.

AFL Round 1
Eagles V Saints
Bulldogs V Tigers
Cats V Lions
Bombers V Swans
Power V Kangaroos
Hawks V Dockers
Demons V Blues
Magpies V Crows

NRL Round 4
Eels V Cowboys
Sharks V Rabbitohs
Sea Eagles V Roosters
Raiders V Panthers
Tigers V Storm
Dragons V Broncos
Knights V Warriors

And for those of you who have emailed me, I will find out whether 2CA are covering the AFL this year or not.


March 30th, 2006 at 06:00am


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