…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
Even Blind Freddie and some Australian journalists can see that the World’s Best Treasure(r) Wayne Swan had abandoned looking for that “no ifs, no buts” surplus, and now he is just looking for excuses and money, any money anywhere, paper, computer blips, anything. It is like that proverbial looking for a needle in a haystack, though in early times the saying actually was “…looking in a bottle of hay”; ‘bottle’ being a diminutive of the French ‘botte’, a bundle. It almost tempts one to joke whether after the election Labor apparatchiks will look for something, perhaps salvation, in a wine bottle, especially French. They, if nobody else, will be able to afford it. [Andrew Bolt – Sinking Labor offers rats extra taxpayer funded cheese]
In looking for excuses comrade Swan is aided and abetted by the Labor party propaganda channel ABC and a vast majority of the mainstream media, so that is relatively easy. By now money, real money are impossible to find, but thoroughly politicised public service will instead come up with some extra-creative and impenetrable accounting to pacify the gaggle of willing financial journalists.
As any practical man knows the best way to find a needle in a haystack is to burn it down and then sift the ashes. Gillard/Swan are burning the economy haystack and Abbott will get covered in the soot while sifting. I guess he will not find much of value. The heat makes needles too soft to be of any use and the investors, once burned, get hard.
The Labor cabinet could be called The Twilights of 2013 though they can’t sing, can’t dance, can’t walk the talk and don’t remember the lyrics. The Twilights of 1966 are much better: