from the quill of Antisthenes
Finally some good news, at least for younger Australian journalists, who never knew if it was Kater, Catter, Kuter or Cutter. Now it is clear – a simple synonym to their rescue.
It is too early to say what his party would be all about, if anything. So far we were fed the predictable “football, meat pies, kangaroos and Holden cars”, the Aussie equivalent of the American “motherhood and apple pies”, the stale staples of all political parties. “Struggling small businesses” replace “the working families” of Julia’s fame.
For some time now I had been in favour of establishing a seriously conservative party, since a chance of LibNats revival is negligible. Whether any such new party be can spawned by a tired political huckster is a question. Probably even naïve young voters will answer it in negative; and the older people, with longer memories, almost certainly so. Amongst many examples, I recall Big Bob making an impassioned speeches at the rallies when his/Howard’s government planned the media pleasing anti-gun laws. How stupid, how undemocratic! How strongly he was against them! And what ovations he was getting! The man of the people. The man of the hour. But just for an hour. Then, obediently, pragmatically, quietly and unblushingly voted with the government.
Now, maybe, just maybe we will see a real Bob, Bob MkIII. But don’t hold your breath.