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7:30 am, April 13th, 2015 - 46 comments
Categories: articles, australian politics, john key, making shit up, Media, national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: miranda devine
She is the person who recently wrote a really obsequious article about John Key in the Daily Telegraph where she described him as one of the best Conservative Prime Ministers in the world.
Her piece is cringeworthy and I wonder how in one article she can have made so many basic mistakes. Things like saying our economy is out performing Australia’s whereas all that is happening is that Australia’s is being crunched because they can no longer sell heaps of raw material to China at eye watering prices and they have leadership that do not know what to do. Things like suggesting an unemployment rate of 5.7% is a good thing. Things like calling National’s reforms “vigorous” or saying that “Labor” (notice the spelling) left a fiscal mess. Or claiming Key has a daily press conference (as if) and that he does hours of talk back radio each week (as if this is a good thing).
She also says that Key has privatised just about everything (she should ask him what happened to the 51% of the power companies), and that he has cut billions out of the welfare budget (benefit payments have gone from $13.9 billion in 2008-09 to an estimated $18.8 billion in 2014-15) . She also describes our electoral system as “absurd” and says that proportional representation makes governing more difficult. Obviously she does not know about the reverse take over of United Future and ACT that National has completed and the resultant poodles that now occupy two seats in Parliament.
She praises New Zealand for weathering the GFC and the Christchurch Earthquake. She should thank Michael Cullen for our ability to do so.
The whole column is an unadulterated piece of dross. It takes special skill to be able to produce writing this bereft of analysis or understanding and it intrigued me about Miranda’s background.
She knows the Keys personally. Some Sunday afternoon lunches at Mossman in Sydney which they both attended is the link. I am pretty confident they spent their time talking about how the poor have it too easy and the cost of hired help is far too much and how climate change is a fraud perpetrated on the world just so a few climate scientists could roll in the big bucks.
And she has this really annoying superior way of writing. She lacks the intellectual power to understand what she is writing about and the grace to even contemplate that she may be wrong.
Her columns include this one where she criticised a progressive MP for introducing a marriage equality bill on the grounds similar bills had previously failed. Sheesh with that logic we would still be stuck in Victorian times. There is this one where she equates increasing taxation to cover the deficit with class warfare. And this one where concern about domestic violence is ridiculed as a “feminist cause célèbre”. And this one where she said that people who opposed racist anti islamic protests conducted by Reclaim Australia as “mobs of Socialist Party activists, unionists, anarchists, Abbott-haters and assorted other disgruntles.” And if you have the stamina this one suggests that teaching kids that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality involves the brainwashing of young children by thought police.
She is really strange. If you want to read a really entertaining view of the effect she has on liberal Australians this piece by comic Tom Ballard is well worth a read. He describes himself as a left-leaning homosexual ABC employee. He was motivated after reading her claim that something like the 2011 London riots was more likely to happen because Labor MP Penny Wong and her lesbian partner were going to have a child.
The only thing nice he could say about Miranda was that if he ever became a drag queen he would adopt her name. The not so nice things he said about her include this piece of purple prose outlining his response after reading her post:
I was in disbelief. I know there are some pretty shitty things on the internet, but I just couldn’t believe that this monstrosity got on there. How did you do that? How did people who work at a newspaper look at the thing I presumed you created by boiling up turds and salt in a cauldron in Fred Nile’s bungalow – how did they look at that and go, “Yep! This deserves to go in people’s heads!”???
I just couldn’t work out what you were saying, Miranda. Your piece was riddled with twists of logic and contradictions and crazy claims; I’m worried there’s something wrong with your keyboard – I think someone must have replaced one of the keys with a Bullshit Button.
His video rant is very entertaining.
So maybe Miranda Devine thinks that John Key is a great leader. But I would not place too much weight on any opinion that she holds.