*That stands for Fuck fuck fucking fuck which was my response when I saw this in a tweet:
ABC Environment ?@ABCenvironment
Why is @JuliaGillard letting households be unduly frightened about the #carbontax, asks Jeff Angel http://bit.ly/N4GuZ1 #auspol
probably because I had just watched the link in this tweet:
Tim Burrowes ?@mumbrella
Oh the humanity. Best takedown of a politician by a TV interviewer this year?
In the Mumbrella link we have a veteran interviewer, Jeremy Paxman, interviewing UK Treasury Minister Chloe Smith, about a tax that has just been announced by the UK Government. I don’t have much knowledge about the UK Parliamentary system, but obviously the Chancellor and the PM make a lot of the big decisions together and then Ministers are informed afterwards it would seem. Somehow Jeremy Paxman turns this into a personal failing on the part of this Minister and spends the interview interrupting her, bullying her, and ends with asking her if she thinks she is incompetent. I thought this was something that only Chris Ulhmann on the 7.30 report indulged in, but obviously not. No this is not the best takedown, this is disgusting and this interviewer should be ashamed of himself. Does he treat male interviewees with this same contempt?
Now onto the other article: Why doesn’t Gillard defend her Carbon Tax?
You will note in the tweet that Gillard is being blamed for Tony Abbott’s scare campaign.
The NSW and Queensland Governments intend to force electricity retailers to display on household electricity bills the average cost impact of the carbon price after 1 July. In the case of NSW, from 1 July 2012, NSW power bills will include the following statement in red text: “NSW Govt estimates that Federal carbon tax and green energy schemes add about $315 a year to a typical 7MWh household bill.”
But strangely no mention that both NSW and Qld have Coalition Governments now. Gee do you think that might have something to do with them trumpeting on about the ‘cost’ of the carbon tax?
Also, since this is on the ABC website, even if Gillard did defend the ‘carbon tax’ as you insist in calling it would you even report it? You are asking the wrong questions Jeff Angel and ignoring a rather large elephant, in speedos, in the room plus a strangely compliant MSM.