Gillard’s tequila surprise

by on 28 June, 2012

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According to Crocker

I never thought our government ministers truly believed the nonsense they spruik but a stellar performance by Prime Minister Gillard at the G20 meeting in Mexico confirms they do believe their own propaganda—emphatically.
Just days ago, Australia’s diplomatic envoy jetted into los Cabos to solve the European Union’s financial woes.  With not a minute lost, Ms Gillard, with her accomplice Mr Swan’s assistance, launched a predetermined campaign and gave a magisterial lecture on economics.
To assure that heads of the World’s most powerful counties would be prepped to pay attention, Gillard and the World’s best treasurer had penned a letter to all members of the G20 days before her arrival. During the usual handshaking and kissing, Julia must have been elated when told by “senior officials” (persons unknown) the letter had “become a talking point”. That, of course, was European diplomacy ignoring the rude, in-your-face Gillard style.
Excerpts from “the letter”:
Dear colleagues, The G20 Los Cabos Summit comes at a challenging time. Risks in Europe have intensified significantly in recent weeks.
Barack Obama, the heads of Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, France, and others must have rushed for the brandy flask upon reading such surprising news. Doesn’t it make you feel proud that our PM has the answer to the Euro-block’s financial conundrum? 
That foolish statement could only be eclipsed by Kevin Rudd’s famous drivel, “detailed programmatic specificity” which sent European translators into cerebral melt down.
The letter continued;  …there is growing awareness that growth must be pursued alongside fiscal consolidation.
What gall, did she also tell them Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal are stuffed? The following insert smacks of Wayne’s usual Question time babble:
…Without sustainable public finances, growth cannot be sound nor sustainable. The challenge for many countries is to implement plans that focus on ensuring fiscal sustainability over the medium term, while using all available scope to support growth and jobs in the short-term.
Can you imagine Wayne, were he there, tippy-toeing around the stage holding his World’s best treasurer biscuit-platter-prize aloft to the deafening cheers of the G20? Quelle courage mon ami!
The letter remained vacuous to the very end:
Yours sincerely,
Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Wayne Swan.

 

I thought those letters would simply meet the shredder and better use in the bottom of Europe’s rabbit hutches. I was wrong, that official missive received serious attention, particularly by Jose Manuel Barroso, head of the European Commission who defended Europe’s move to “protect the integrity and stability of the eurozone.”
When asked about Gillard’s tutorial concerning the EU’s “credibility” Mr Barroso was visibly infuriated: Frankly, we are not coming here to receive lessons in terms of democracy or in terms of how to handle the economy.
European observers reported that Gillard’s presumption to lecture Europe on financial matters only mirrored what European leaders had been discussing for some time. Ms Gillard’s smug, trite analysis and suggestions offered no new ideas.
Did Gillard and Swan underestimate the intellect, acumen, and sophistication of national leaders beyond Australia’s shores? or is it a manifestation of the pair’s hubris, their extreme pride and loss of contact with reality; their complacent overestimation of their competence? Vote Now.
The EU is sufficiently briefed in Australian politics. Despite Gillard postulating about Australia’s prosperity brilliance throughout the Global financial Recession, EU politicians know differently.
When Labor won government in 2007 they inherited a $20 billion surplus. European leaders know, as we know, that reserve was squandered in short order. They also followed the waste and mismanagement of failed policies, pink batts, school-building rip-offs, the cattle export shame, the NBN white elephant and so on.

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They also know that Australia dodged the GFC bullet because our banks had fleeced depositors so richly and our mining industry was in record production with unprecedented profits. And, with the click of a button they can see our national debt going from $20 billion surplus to about $155 billion deficit with a national credit card debt around $51 billion. Our massive borrowing also raises conservative eyebrows.
EU members also have access to the Telegraph headline: Labor’s experiment to elect Julia Gillard as leader has been a “spectacular failure” with two thirds of voters believing the government is now demonstrably worse than two years ago when Kevin Rudd was dumped.
A Government that has delivered the four biggest deficits in Australian history hardly has the credentials to lecture the G20, Tony Abbott told a conference in Canberra. How sympathetically he put it.
Our government lives, works and breathes in a microcosm of Labor stultification where external input is eschewed as if deadly cyanide. They also judge the intelligence of foreign leaders, and indeed that of the people of Australia, by the measure of their own intelligence—big mistake. Our leaders simply flounder among their counterparts, the more widely thinking Europeans.
The word “diplomat” means: a person who can deal with people in a sensitive and effective way. Australian politicians in general need to lift their game. The “shove it down their throats” practice common to the Gillard regime will be politely rebuked in Europe, as it should be.
Europe has witnessed Gillard’s arrogant presentation and according to local media, is not impressed. Unfortunately, I doubt Ms. Gillard is capable of understanding her diplomatic blunder as she believes critical comment was not directed at her—such denial is telling. Lord, we deserve better!

Thought for the week: Visitors should behave in such a way that the host and hostess feel at home.  ~J.S. Farynski

 

 

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