Wry & Dry

2015 - in a political galaxy far, far away [2]...

...W&D's bumper Christmas edition wouldn't be what it is without one or two political highs and lows of 2015.    

US wannabee-president, Donald Trump, gave politics a much needed personality.  The media loves him, he has polarised a nation but has clearly shown what money can buy.


But then again, does the world need a US President with personality?  The world's most successful politician, Angela Merkel, has all the charisma of a mortician.  But then again, she was voted in by Germans, who remembers the last time they voted in someone with charisma.


Speaking of people who think that business success is translatable into political success, W&D is naturally drawn to the top-paddock-fed Clive Palmer.  Now there is a person who assigns initial business success to skill rather than luck.  Like many who 'correctly picked the GFC' and now cannot repeat that success, so to Mr Palmer now finds that his once self-lauded 'golden touch' has turned to a leaden touch.  W&D fondly remembers the contribution that earlier generations of entrepreneurs made to media headlines and cartoonists hip pockets: Bond, Elliott, Skase, etc.  Originally lauded as 'lovable rogues' or similar, their true ability was later shown.  W&D will not dwell on Elliott's contemplated political career.

But Mr Palmer's political career of political destruction seems doomed.  His eponymous political machine has sand in its gears and its passing will not be lamented.  


But for 2015's most delightful example of political-bastardry chickens coming home to roost, W&D can look no further than the embarrassment of former Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane.   Macfarlane was sacked from cabinet by Napoleon Turnbull as he just wasn't equal to the task.  In a fit of pique, Macfarlane went to Turnbull's Coalition partners, the National Party, to see if he might get a guernsey with them.   Sure the Gnats said, that'll stick it up Turnbull (who they detest).  The name Quisling [3] comes to mind.


But then the Liberal National Party (a formal merger of the Coalition parties in Queensland, Macfarlane's home state), refused Macfarlane's transfer to the Gnats.  Macfarlane is now a member of a party that he attempted to betray.  Will he do the honourable thing and resign? Probably not; the perks of parliamentary office are too great and alternative employment prospects too small.

And, finally, W&D predictably comes to the person who has yet to understand that it is .... 

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