''In the United States, they call it
the Pottery Barn rule - you break it, you own it.
The Secretary of State, Colin Powell,
said precisely that to former president George W Bush in 2002 as a warning of
the consequences of going to war in Iraq.
Powell, according to Washington Post
journalist, Bob Woodward, said to the president, "You are going to be the owner
of 25 million people. You will own their hopes, their aspirations and their
Prime Minister Julia Gillard should have
been paying attention. She and the Government now own the new Speaker of the
House of Representatives, Peter Slipper, and all of his problems. Whatever he
has done in the past, whatever he might do in the future is now their shared
Here is a brief rundown of his
"achievements" so far.
At Gove in 2003, Qantas
staff refused to allow him to reboard a plane bound for Darwin because of his
behaviour. Slipper said he was affected by a combination of dental drugs, a
couple of drinks and a flight attendant having a bad day.
In 2007, at 3.30 am, police were called
to the Canberra wine bar, The Holy Grail, after Slipper was thrown into the
street by a man who said he took offence at the MP smoking against the
In 2010, he was caught on camera in the
parliament apparently having a nap while Indonesia's president Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono addressed the chamber. His Liberal enemies accused him of having too
many drinks at an earlier function.
Later the same year, he got stuck in a
disabled toilet inside Parliament House.
Slipper has also run into trouble with
entitlements and privileges.''
''The Coalition will now attempt to
build on Abbott's constant assertion that this is a government, and a
parliament, in crisis.
In his first doorstop interview after
the Speaker, Harry Jenkins, resigned, Tony Abbott said the Government had "lost
its way, lost its majority and lost its speaker", He could have added, they have
lost their moral compass as well.
What price government?''
Barrie Cassidy is the
presenter of ABC programs Insiders and Offsiders.
parliament, federal-government, government-and-politics
Mr Accent Slanglish: (alias Ture
25 Nov 2011 10:32:40am
Where you are heading is often more important than
where you came from. A $5 haircut is less interesting than the way you are
walking. What a relaxed walking style Obama have chosen when he walks down the
ladder from Air Force One or up the steps for a speech. It is a choice of body
language as well as the facial language. Just compare Abbott's ''here I come''
a Chaplin-like cowboy style, certainly a chosen walking style not an
impairment. What is he trying to tell people, walking like this. Is it a kinda
We should all not ignore all the horrifying facial and
body expression our parliamentarians are using.
Simply look at the history
of leaders. It was early warnings very visible and not to underestimate. The
ear bashing mentality goes hand in hand with all the hate produced in our
government and it may also reflect who the majority of Australians really are.
We maybe get the politicians we deserve?
The whole population seems to
'I do not want to be
associated with anyone or anything,
Me - My own