Underlining the word “Plan” doesn’t make it one

Seriously, media. If a politician seeking to be elected PM releases a policy document claiming to be “fully costed” and full of “detail” and has the word “Plan” UNDERLINED TO SHOW JUST HOW MUCH OF A REAL PLAN IT IS, but then refuses to release any of said costings or detail… would you mind please making that the story? Because it really is the story.

And if he runs off from press conferences refusing to answer questions on his “Plan”, then that is ALSO the story.

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Cheer up, guys, you might just get away with it.

Because voters need to know precisely what this candidate for high office actually will do. Or at least what he says he’ll do, so that they can hold him accountable if he does something else. But you’re just letting him get away with vague, impossible claims, claims that he can magically increase revenue whilst cutting taxes and decrease debt whilst only specifying revenue decreases and not slashing services. He can’t do all these things at once! He has to make a choice! Make him make a bloody choice!

He’s going to have to make these choices eventually, if he manages to slither across the line to being PM. Voters kind of deserve to know which choices he’s going to make before that happens.

Oh, and there’s another one now – he reckons government should be able to pay for disasters like the floods out of general revenue without increasing taxes, slashing services or blowing out the budget. HOW? How would he achieve this miraculous feat? Has he discovered an impossible, elusive type of economic magic, or is he just an ordinary politician telling everyone what they want to hear and not caring that he won’t be able to deliver?

That’s what you’re there to test! For god sake, please do your jobs!

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16 responses to “Underlining the word “Plan” doesn’t make it one

  1. Whoops-a-daisy Malcolm is out of focus

  2. But you’re just letting him get away with vague, impossible claims, claims that he can magically increase revenue whilst cutting taxes and decrease debt whilst only specifying revenue decreases and not slashing services. He can’t do all these things at once!

    Of course he can. Haven’t you heard of Reaganomics ?!

  3. Wisdom Like Silence

    Shrek looks ill, poor bastard.

  4. narcoticmusing

    What a Brave New World it will be under these idiots.

  5. Wisdom Like Silence

    Maybe Jul can pull it out of the fire. Julfire.

  6. Tony has already identified the ‘HOW?’ It’s right there on Page 16 of ‘Real Confusion for all Australians’. Three words: “Commission of Audit”.

    From what happened in Queensland, we now know that ‘Commission of Audit’ is code-talk for ‘massive public sector cuts’. If Labor’s tacticians were worth a damn they’d be telling their politicians to start asking ‘when’, ‘where’ and ‘how much’ questions, starting yesterday.

  7. narcoticmusing

    He may have a packet of Tim Tams that never runs out that he plans to sell off, one Tim Tam at a time…

  8. Maybe what they really need is a “PLAN!”

  9. Mr Eyesore, that’s a really good point: I’m surprised Labor hasn’t gone heavily on the attack yet over the reuse of that phrase given the massive unpopularity of Newman’s cuts.

  10. Wisdom Like Silence

    We have 8 months of this bullshit to look forward to.

    Happy Election season everyone!

  11. narcoticmusing

    Wis, I hope they don’t just campaign for 8 months but frankly how would it change from the last BS of quasi-campaigning anyway? I think it is better for everyone to have an advanced warning of an election.

    I’m not sure about other states, but one of the best things Victoria did was have a hard date for the election. No one sets it, it is a done deal every time. I know other states have done this too. It is a good thing and the Feds should have it too rather than the sort of rigging that Howard (and others) did to skew results by quickly slaming an election on in two weeks or similar.

  12. Wisdom Like Silence

    I like the gamesmanship of being able to call the election. Having a set date takes the fun out of it for me. However these muppets are about as enteraining and engaging as a muppet without a muppeteer. Flaccid Oscar the Grouch and Miss Piggy (enter stage right) VS Empty Big Bird Costume and the Snuffalaffugus in the room (enter stage left).

  13. narcoticmusing

    True there is a tactical element in calling the election, but for me it leads to gaming the system rather than giving the people a more true form of choice.

    I won’t even attempt to beat your fabulous visuals – once again I tip my hat to you sir.

  14. I like how the words ‘Hope’ and ‘Reward’ in the top right corner morph into…. ‘Howard’. I think that’s the message.

  15. Wisdom Like Silence

    Maybe they didn’t Cost anything or propose new funding for Othello plays around the country for a reason Nigel…

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