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Why is John Howard my preferred prime minister?

September 4th, 2007 at 03:19pm

Some of you may remember James Scolland, a person who sent in a Letter To The Editor in June with a bunch of peculiar reasons why I shouldn’t have a website, or be allowed to have one.

Nearly three months later, James has sent in another email. I’m not going to publish it because it is just another pile of puerile nonsense (and not as amusing as the first one), however James did ask one sensible question. He read my post earlier today where I said that John Howard is currently my preferred prime minister, and he has asked me why this is the case.

There are a number of reasons why John Howard is my preferred prime minister, so I will just list some of the main ones.

WorkChoices is one of the reasons. I am quite happy with the AWA that I am on, and I like the idea of being able to directly negotiate things with my employer. The flexibility in my workplace seems to be quite beneficial to both me and my employer.
Despite Kevin Rudd’s assurances that he would not be controlled by the unions, I believe that he would be, especially considering the way the unions seem so happy to promote the Labor party.

I also have an issue with the way some unions promote themselves. During the recent Canberra timber mill fiasco, the federal government offered to help an ailing company and the state Labor governments got in the way…and yet the unions were more than happy to stand outside the mill with anti-federal government signs and propoganda, an act of indecency in my mind as it was the federal government that were helping them.

Also today I saw a plumber wearing a bumper sticker on his shirt. This sticker said “Plumbers Union: Our #### doesn’t stink” (I’ll let you work out the rhyme). This, to me at least, is a rather offensive way to advertise yourself, and I would find it difficult to support a party which is backed by that kind of ideology.

Another reason is climate change. I agree with the Labor party, the Greens and the others on that side of the fence…the Howard government is not serious about addressing climate change, despite their claims. This is a good thing as far as I’m concerned. It would be very difficult for me to willingly vote for a party which would be happy to ruin the economy and many other things under the guise of preventing something that I don’t believe we control or are changing. The fact that I think Peter Garrett is a fool has something to do with my opinion as well.

Another reason is the way Kevin Rudd’s media appearances come across as scripted. Obviously he doesn’t script his answers to interview questions, but he comes across as if he is providing a scripted answer…almost as if it doesn’t matter what the question is, his answer is golden in his mind and will suit you because he wants it to.

And I can hardly leave the local Labor government off my list. Their general incompetence and peculiar need for pointless statues does leave a bad taste in my mouth, and (whether fair or not) has a negative impact on their federal branch’s reputation.

That being said, Labor do have quite a few things going for them, and they appear to be very passionate and committed, whilst to the same extent there are a number of things I don’t like about the coalition, however for me, the coalition is a better choice at this point in time. This could change, and it has done a handful of times this year.

Hopefully this answers James’ question, and gives you all a slightly better understanding of my point of view.


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  • 1. Samuel  |  September 5th, 2007 at 9:31 am

    For some daft reason James Scolland refuses to register to post comments on this website, instead he sends me missives by email with his comments.

    James has been kind enough to summarise my political views:

    You continue to be a complete idiot

    Thank you James.

  • 2. fathead  |  September 5th, 2007 at 1:43 pm

    What’s the point of an open political blog if you won’t publish the letter? It’s a bit difficult to post a meaningful comment about James’ email if we haven’t even seen it.

  • 3. Samuel  |  September 5th, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    The question James posed and I answered here is the only part of his email which made any reference to politics. The rest of it was another rambling email about why I need to shut down this website right now.

    The email wasn’t as amusing as James’ first one, and I can’t see much point in giving him any more publicity. I only mentioned him so that I could give him credit for a sensible question.

  • 4. Shivering King  |  September 11th, 2007 at 10:49 pm

    John Howard is also my preferred PM.

    I thought he displayed true grit by promising never ever to introduce a GST. That decision did wonders for our economy. It allowed the government to withdraw a large amount of money from my purse and then replace a very small amount of it back via strictly non-populist moves like a 2c discount on fuel a few years back and the first home-buyers’ grant.

    For me, money and looking after my own aspirations to wealth and health are most important to me. I don’t mind at all at the inhumanity and inefficiency of our refugee system. I don’t care much at all about the needs of anybody who is less fortunate than me. I have my AWA, I am a rock and an island, and I don’t care at all if the bloke next to me has either vastly better or worse conditions than me as long as I get paid.

    I have little need for relationships. I don’t care about aboriginies or foreigners, or homeless people. I don’t mind how many innocents are killed in a Middle-Eastern war that will probably be forgotten in a few years, much like the last one was. I don’t have a girlfriend, which means I don’t have kids, and so don’t know what it might feel like to have one senselessly taken from me by a bullet or a bomb.

    I care about petrol prices and statues and wastes of time. I hate being irritated by people and I spend most of my free time complaining about things.

    I think it’s much easier to simplify complex issues like national identity, our sense of history, social justice and economics by just applying a ‘tough-love’ principle. I don’t have time with greys; it’s like my mate Tony says, blokes like Lawsie just say what we all want to say but we are all afraid to in case we get mobbed by all the bleeding heart liberals. Even though liberals in this country are in the overwhelming minority. It’s nice and simple to be a racist moron, especially if you are white and middle class and unquestionably more Australian than any other blow-in with a cultual background different to mine.

    Anyway I’ve overthought all this too much, I need a quick double Allan Jones espresso of straight-shooting oversimplification and then back to the email. I just wanted to say, Dear John W H, thanks for the memories:

    * The GST
    * Lying about the children overboard
    * Getting Australia involved in Iraq

    Best of luck in 07. John 07!!!

  • 5. Tony  |  September 15th, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    I don’t mind John Howard but I like his brothers Moe, Curly and Shemp much better.


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