Media Circus: grovelling to the royals edition

Ugh. It’s been so appalling that it’s taken me days to process it sufficiently to write even these few sentences.

The attitude of our MSM to the flyby visit of HRH Prince Harry of Wales has been cringemaking. Apparently all you need to scrub clean a waster “I’m so un-PC” playboy reputation is turning up to a major British Commonwealth occasion in a dress uniform and having handlers in place to make sure you don’t get to ever make a speech. At least he never got too comfortable during the event, what with the excessive forelock-tugging on display from the Abbott family and the LNP entourage. That must have been terribly irritating, oh dear how dreadful nevermind.

Also in Abbott government news: expenses charged to the taxpayer and pushing the Indonesians totally offside.

What news story/commentary/analysis has grabbed your attention lately?

As usual for media circus threads, please share your bouquets and brickbats for particular items in the mass media, or highlight cogent analysis or pointed twitterstorms etc in new media. Discuss any current sociopolitical issue (the theme of each edition is merely for discussion-starter purposes – all current news items are on topic!).

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2 replies

  1. Well, I’ve been following the expenses claims stories, and comparing the amounts claimed against the amount the taxpayer expects me to be accountable for (I’m on the dole). Basically, Tony Abbott over the course of 2012 claimed enough money in expenses and airfares for what were supposed to be “volunteer” and sporting events that he could have single-handedly supported six people on the dole for a year, and a seventh for about one hundred and eighty days (about $75,227).
    The Liberals are supposedly looking into creating a code of conduct regarding ministerial expenses. I’ve a nice simple suggestion for them: if the expense in question covers something they’d disapprove of a person on welfare spending money on, it probably shouldn’t be charged to the public purse. So, that rules out things like attending weddings, buying books, paying for transport to sporting events, paying for transport to volunteer work, cab fares, ski resort trips, etc. Oh, and buying things like cigarettes and alcohol.
    Speaking of this last… my “the government is being predictably daft” fund now stands at over $10. And Parliament hasn’t even sat yet…
    (For those who came in late: I’ve decided to salve my blood pressure by putting 5c in a jar each time I read about the government – Federal or State – doing something which can only be described as either daft or stupid.)

  2. @Megpie71 – I’ve been thinking along the same lines, except for public servants.

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