I ran into this excerpt from Q&A a day or so ago and it struck me. I’m actually not sympathetic to the general wailing and gnashing of teeth from the left about how right wing terrorists come out of intemperate language on the right. On the other hand Alan Jones did actually incite a riot at Cronulla and his hatespeech about Julia Gillard is outrageous. So it’s a legitimate topic.
Anyway what struck me about this except was that here was a senior politician arguing as if what she was saying mattered. She wasn’t rehearsing talking points which alas, virtually all the others do, and are seen to do. All the super politicians are able to speak as if they actually mean it. Don Chipp, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating, John Howard could all do it. Cheryl could do it until she swapped parties and it somehow all went wrong. Tony Abbot can kind of do it – in the sense that he has the manner of someone who believes what he’s saying – the main problem being that what he’s saying is pretty empty and changes every now and again. Julia and Wayne – well they don’t really seem to be able to do it at all . . .