What does it say about humanity, when ‘this’ is leading the country?
I SAW THIS COMING.
I saw the dark triad traits that are so blatantly obvious to me, well before the pre-election lies were being told.
It just goes to show how easily manipulated people are.
How people will believe whatever they want…….to serve themselves.
And even now……there will be so many right wingers, all steadfastly holding onto believing Abbott is a healthy man, doing good.
*shakes head in disbelief.
I have a lot of my own stuff to work on, but I have insight into that and the courage to accept it, own it, deal with it.
Discernment into detecting dark triad traits, is a skill of mine.
It has happened and been proven correct, too many times over.
Apparently, I am supposed to ignore this and ‘look for the good’ in people like Abbott.
Is that wise?
Tony Abbott is haunted by his past self
Tony Abbott’s pursuit of Julia Gillard over broken promises set the benchmark for his own rule, applying a strait-jacket to each and every commitment he was to make, write Peter Lewis and Jackie Woods.
In an effort to haul his Government into dry-dock to clear the barnacles, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has exposed some fundamental structural flaws with his ship of state.
While the pretence of this week’s marathon press conference was to draw a line through a ‘ragged’ week, the reality is it has been a ragged year and a bit since the federal election.
The reason for these problems, highlighted in this week’s Essential Report, comes down to three key elements: the Coalition’s fundamentally negative election agenda, its incessant attack on Labor’s lies, and the construction of its first federal budget.
And the problem for the Prime Minister is that these are not discrete issues to be managed – they are flaws that feed into each other. Worse still, each of the flaws were incubated in opposition and have come back to haunt the government in power.
First, the Government’s agenda. Despite the Prime Minister being a self-styled conviction politician, voters don’t really seem to be sure what the conviction is. Tony Abbott rates poorly on vision, trust and being in touch with ordinary people.
Behind this confusion is the problem that Tony Abbott’s vision has been a negative one – articulated in opposition as stopping the boats, cutting the carbon and mining taxes, and reining in the debt.
There is no doubting the Coalition was successful in elevating these issues into vote-changers. It is also true that on boats and taxes at least, the government has delivered on those promises.
But in all three instances, the Coalition in opposition created problems that didn’t really have a significant impact on the lives of voters or the future of the nation: stopping asylum seekers did not get cars off the road, cutting the carbon tax has not significantly driven prices down, the mining tax was not collecting money anyway.
All three issues were symbolic issues – successfully transformed into matters of national import by the Opposition, but issues that have no bearing on the day-to-day lives of voters.
The second flaw was the way Tony Abbott ran on trust and the truth, a tried tactic in opposition, but one that this opposition leader evolved into political art.
Julia Gillard conceded she had changed her position on carbon pricing in the following terms: “Yes, I did say that and circumstances have changed.”
Abbott and his media cheer squad were unrelenting in response.
The PM was “Ju-liar” and the issue of dealing with the crisis of global warming was degraded into an issue of trust in Government.
But in setting these ground rules, the PM was also establishing the benchmark for his own rule, applying a strait-jacket to each and every commitment he was to make.