…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
The champion of the downtrodden, predominantly rural, Australians, Barnaby Joyce, is no more. Well, he is, in the sense that he exists, but now he is a champion of Islamic terrorists. He may try to deny it, but as a self-professed Roman Catholic he ought to remember Mathew 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruit.
He does whatever he can to support them financially, specifically by forcing us to do so, under a fanciful pretext of saving Australian agriculture. His specious reasoning is bellow contempt. In normal times it would be called a treason; and the culprit, after a jury trial and conviction, would be beheaded. In today’s Australia it is reversed. Peaceful Muslims kill Australians and Al Armidali Joyce assists by supporting blackmail and protection racket called halal certification. He makes sure that those 2% of Muslims in Australia don’t have to eat kuffar ham and that all the remaining Australian consumers pay for the expansion of that religion in Australia and elsewhere by the usual, Koran sanctioned means.
When Mr Joyce was a senator for Queensland he used to sent me e-mails. Then he moved from Queensland to Armidale, NSW, and the self-agrandising propaganda ceased. It would cost him nothing, or next to nothing, to continue, but living in Queensland I could no longer vote for him, were I so minded. It shows what that ex-country accountant really thinks of his fellow citizens and potential supporters, those who do not donate to his electoral fraud, I mean fund.
Barnaby Al Armidali Joyce claims to be a country boy. His carefully rehearsed country bumpkin bumbling manners a la Beverly Hillbilies fool many people, mainly journalists. Certainly he makes hay while the sun shines according to the country saying, though the saying is enthusiastically adopted by politicians everywhere, even if only grass is that they smoke. He is relatively young, born in Tamworth 48 years ago, and is obviously desperately trying to prove to his colleagues that he is as spineless as them and thus ready for more important ministry then agriculture, which is becoming sinotized anyway.
Despite his occasional “bolshie” or perhaps would-be Joh Bjelke Peterson’s rhetoric, and medially fabricated reputation as a “maverick”, the parliamentary voting record shows that Joyce had followed the party directives on 99% of occasions. The brave one percent maverick!
His voters ought to check his voting pattern in any case. It seems to me, that their “representative” is suspiciously too often “absent”. Well, with shearing, sowing, muesling, harvesting, milking, especially milking …there is no time for the parliamentary work. Just to reassure yourselves that I am not the only one disliking him please read Ron Pikes’ Barnaby Joyce’s damp squib.
I will not be repeating here a common witticism that he is a Member for Mecca, rather than a Member for New England, because today that sad joke applies to most of our so called “representatives”. They are loyal members for Shanghai, Mecca, Peking, Riyadh, Moscow, Goldman Sachs etc., thus ensuring for themselves the future lucrative consultancies and sine cure directorships.
Now to the less obvious part. Before elections the major parties hypocritically warn the voters: “Don’t waste you vote by voting for minor parties and independents.” As we know, Australia, beside the compulsory voting, also has a preferential voting system, (alternative transferable vote, ATV or alternative vote, AV) as opposed to the so called “first-past-the-post”(FPP) of most other countries. Many people dislike ATV, perhaps because the principle requires some thinking. I know because often I had difficulties in trying to explain it to sceptics. So let the expert explain it:
Think of it as an old-time political party conference where a nominee is chosen by having a series of ballots with the lowest scorer dropping off each time until someone gets the support of more than half the delegates. ATV is the same basic process only speeded up and done in one go. All the voters’ first preferences are counted. If no one scores over 50 per cent the lowest scoring candidate is dropped and the second preferences of those voting for him or her are distributed. If no one is still over the bar then the remaining lowest person is dropped. This continues until someone gets over 50 per cent and wins.
Notice that this voting system lets voters opt for small parties or independents without wasting their votes. It measures who people dislike, not just whom they like. (So a voter who does not care who wins but really wants to throw the bums out and make sure candidate X loses has only to ensure X gets ranked last on his ballot.)”
The above comes from James Allan’s Democracy in Decline – Connor Court Publishing 2014. For a lawyer and academic he mostly makes sense. No harm in thinking about it.
Thus the next elections time Joyce’s voters* ought to recall Mathew 7:15 Beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
*/ And not only the Joyce’s voters. Not so long ago a certain Chris Berg published in The Sunday Age an article “What exactly is the point of the Coalition government if it offers the same sort of tax increases as voters expect from Labor and the Greens? I increasingly feel that the words in (my) italics are superfluous.