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Malcolm in a muddle again

Malcolm in a muddle again

Will the US President Donald Trump swallow this stupidity by the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and write it off as jus one of those things? Or will he write off Malcolm Turnbull as that supercilious jerk down under? Another fake love-in like the last one would make a real fool of Mr Trump. The Leftards are rejoicing.

No one should know better than Malcolm Turnbull that what happens at the Press Gallery dinner — now the Midwinter Ball — does not remain “off the record” for long, no matter what guarantees are given.

Source: News Corp

Trap for even the experienced players when having a ball

The Prime Minister’s brilliance has led him into a misjudgment with potentially serious repercussions. Some of his colleagues are concerned and his fate is in the hands of the most unpredictable US President in history. The PM was last night a tweet away from an international incident.

There is a long history of these so-called private speeches to dozens of journalists being leaked, reported and used politically. Most famously, Paul Keating’s “Placido Domingo” speech in 1990 was reported as an attack on Bob Hawke and a beginning of Keating’s leadership challenge that succeeded months later.

In 2009, Turnbull himself, then opposition leader and involved in a drag-out parliamentary fight over the lending of a ute to Kevin Rudd, was caught haranguing a Rudd staffer about “lies”.

The whole attack, including the apparent bullying of a staffer, backfired on Turnbull, and Tony Abbott replaced him within months.

In 2010, Rudd, under pressure over his proposed mining tax and tanking in the polls, threatened mining industry guests at the ball and was then removed within weeks by Julia Gillard.

Gillard, under her own pressure and the threat of imminent removal in 2013, chose the style of the Washington Correspondents Dinner, making all the jokes at her own expense with good humour and grace. Rudd replaced her within weeks.

Turnbull cannot credibly claim that reporting of his mocking of the US President and linking him with a “Russian guy” was dis­appointing and ­unexpected.

The old days of the Press Gallery dinner being a dinner-suited collection of older men drinking port and cigars after a pleasant political speech are long gone.

Laurie Oakes is free and justified to report a speech that has the potential to embarrass the Prime Minister and sour relations with the President.

Turnbull was outraged when leaks of his telephone call with Trump suggested the President had “hung up” on him after angry words. It frustrated Turnbull, and he went out of his way to travel to New York for about 36 hours so that he could stand with Trump on an aircraft carrier to demonstrate they were getting on well.

Turnbull even went out of his way to fend off US media suggestions Trump had insulted him by being late because of the passage of healthcare legislation.

Yet in a calculated, premedi­tated and admittedly funny speech, Turnbull mocked Trump and raised the dark and vexed issue of Russian influence.

The cover story that it was like the White House correspondents dinner is a thin defence, given the White House speech is self-­deprecating and Trump refused to attend this year because he considered it part of the “swamp” and not funny.

For Turnbull, the danger is that his mercurial character and rhetorical brilliance have led him into a grave error of judgment that has been picked up by a delighted anti-Trump media, questioned the sincerity of his relationship and left him hostage to Trump’s reaction.

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  • Bh 16/06/2017, 6:11 am

    Much as I dislike Turnbull, I just can’t see anything denigrating of Trump in what he said. I note also that all the articles I’ve read about this issue only quote a handful of Turnbull’s sentences. Can’t help thinking this is all rather overblown.

    • Angry 16/06/2017, 11:13 am

      Imagine the outrage if Trump was caught out doing this to TURNCOAT……….

      Think about that “Bh”……..

      • Bh 16/06/2017, 1:10 pm

        Yes, too true

    • Spinbuster 16/06/2017, 4:52 pm

      Agree Bh

  • Aktosplatz 16/06/2017, 7:01 am

    The remarks below are by Chris Kenny. I agree with his assessment,totally spot on.


    ” My golden rule for Liberal and National party politicians is that if they are pleasing the press gallery — especially Fairfax and ABC journalists — they will invariably be doing the wrong thing by their party and constituency.

    It is a well-worn path — especially for moderate Liberals — to appeal to the sensibilities of the so-called progressive media: speak with alarmism on climate and feel the love; speak with compassion on border security and be swept up in their embrace; or mock conservatives and have them eating out of your hand.

    The trouble is every time Coalition MPs do this they are falling for the siren song of the media/political class instead of remembering the mainstream voters they represent. This is the trap that Turnbull has fallen for — in a big way at a bad time.” (Unquote)

    This reveals the true character of Melvin Trumble, and two faced with it.

    I am reminded of Krudds mocking “salute” towards former President George W.Bush.

    Not funny, and stupid.

    Totally untrustworthy.

    • Joe Blogs 16/06/2017, 10:36 am

      Agree, Akto. They’re both pathetic.

  • Honeybadger 16/06/2017, 7:24 am

    Turnbull’s judgement is appalling, or is it Lucys? Together they haven’t got a clue. He never bothered to meet with Trump but did meet with Hillary during their campaign and he wouldn’t dare mock a Chinese or Islamic leader. Hope this is a catalyst to finally get rid of him.

    • Joe Blogs 16/06/2017, 10:41 am

      Agree, Honey. Surely Loosey would have enough smarts to tell him it’s a stupid idea and not to do it. Apparently not – or maybe he told her,”It’ll be alright on the night.”

      Also note that he didn’t wear a bow tie and she looked like a bag of shit tied in the middle – as usual. Maybe that was his first act of Marxist rebelliousness for the night.

      • Albert 16/06/2017, 10:46 am

        Maybe Prime Minister Loosy is as dopey as her husband.

    • Graham 16/06/2017, 3:11 pm

      Someone needs to tell Turnip that he doesn’t have to be a fool all of his life, he can take a day off.

  • Xword 16/06/2017, 7:46 am

    Laurie Hoax doing the dirty? Who would have thunk it? Big moves coming I hope …

    • Joe Blogs 16/06/2017, 10:34 am

      Laurie Hoax … luvit.

    • Angry 16/06/2017, 11:15 am

      That fat turd LAURIE OAKES.

      What a bloody OXYGEN THIEF !

      • Graham 16/06/2017, 4:47 pm

        And a waste of good food

    • Spinbuster 16/06/2017, 4:56 pm

      Totally agree. Sorry Xword missed your post before I got into my rant. ShouldaBeen a reply to you.

  • Bill 16/06/2017, 7:59 am

    There may be a plus to this latest gaffe (for gaffe, even mega gaffe, it certainly was) by the infamously tin-eared Melvin Trumble. For surely even the most blinkered among the ‘wet’ Liberals who are his base within the Party can now see that Trumble cannot maintain any meaningful relationship with the current US President. Unless (hopefully unlikely) the Left in the US manage to impeach Trump, Australia, VERY much the junior partner, is stuck with dealing with our most powerful ally – who we may need – for the next three and possibly seven years, and that is simply impossible given Trumble’s repeated displays of open disdain for PRESIDENT Trump.

    The man must go, and the sooner the better, and the Liberals Party simply must swallow and misplaced pride some of them may still possess (why, I cannot say) and acknowledge this – AND ACT.

    • Joe Blogs 16/06/2017, 10:45 am

      Agree, Bill. Maybe it hasn’t occurred to the ego on legs that every time the butler opens his front door for him to leave the mansion, he represents us to the rest of the world.

  • Riverine 16/06/2017, 7:59 am

    It just shows what a tin ear Truffles has. He like a true sook spat out that maybe next year he would just read the budget report at the dinner. What a baby.

  • Penguinte 16/06/2017, 8:07 am

    At least he makes a better fist of being a comedian than a PM.

    • Angry 16/06/2017, 11:16 am

      TURNCOAY is hopeless at both !

      • Angry 16/06/2017, 11:16 am


  • Bushranger71 16/06/2017, 8:09 am

    We have a bad track record in Australia of our politicians criticizing the leaders of other nations.

    I just happened to be in Crimea and Russia during the annexation when Tony Abbott
    belligerently castigated President Putin and most Russians were offended asking: ‘What has it got to do with Australia?’

    We no longer have Diplomats of the calibre of Richard Woolcott, whom the politicians should all try to emulate.

    I agree with HoneyB. Seems to me Turnbull feels slighted by President Trump having given him a serve and he is indulging in petulant payback. Self interest is his wont for the Prime Ministership and not the national interest.

  • Botswana O'Hooligan 16/06/2017, 8:10 am

    Raving ratbag, yes, comedian, NO. This bloke is a disaster and keeps proving it. He, in his own mind, is the bloody captain of the country, and when in public captains act accordingly.

  • Jack Richards 16/06/2017, 9:08 am

    What a jerk he is.

  • DB8tr 16/06/2017, 9:36 am


    • Honeybadger 16/06/2017, 9:48 am

      The only one. However sadly he is in a very marginal seat.

      • Albert 16/06/2017, 10:50 am

        They should shifthim to a safer seat Hb as he is the only chance the Libs have got.

  • Lorraine 16/06/2017, 9:52 am

    The left luvvies at the press club thought Malcolm was so funny, you had to be there but he was funny,,,,,At most parties when the wine is flowing, things seems really hugely funny, but comes the morning dew and reality kicks in Trump is the leader of the free world, what an idiot Malcolm really is

    • Joe Blogs 16/06/2017, 10:52 am

      He should have done something more novel for a laugh – like dwarf-tossing. Dress Dastyari in a Velcro suit and throw him at a concrete wall sans Velcro.

  • Albert 16/06/2017, 10:52 am

    Time to give PM Loosy and Melvin Millstone the flick.

  • Angry 16/06/2017, 11:11 am

    words to describe MALCOLM ABDUL TURNCOAT TURNBULL………….


    and of course DICKHEAD !

    What a bloody disgrace and embarrassment to Australia !!!

    POS AHOLE @$@#%!

  • Spinbuster 16/06/2017, 1:51 pm

    I see the whole thing a little differently.
    As much as don’t have much time for Turnbull, I have even less time for the journalist who leaked the story.
    If we are going to talk about morality, trust and tradition, then we should talk about fixed point morality and not reference a dirty deed to a sliding yardstick just because it suits our purpose.
    From what I can gather the Mid Winters Ball was traditionally an event were pollies and press could get together in a spirit of trust and camaraderie, secure in the knowledge that if they dropped their guard with few shandies under their belt, they would not be subjected to ridicule or quotes out of context by some opportunistic dirtbag with his own welfare as the primary driver for his actions.
    The revellers would be expecting comrades from the fifth estate not back stabbers from the fifth column.

    The good news is that Laurie Oakes has now revealed himself to be no better then the mealy mouthed sacks of sick from the ABC who seek self aggrandizement and kudos regardless of whether their story it is good for the nation or not.
    The actions of this pig in a suit remind me of that turd minded bottom dweller who leaked Hansons conversation for nothing more than self interest.

    There is no doubt in my mind that these pus piles will mentally relegated to the national sewer as the passage of time allows their true nature to be properly judged.

    If one applied the test… “were the actions in the best interest of Australia?”, then in both cases the answer would be no.
    Given the tenuous relationship between Turnbull and Trump, if Oakes was an Australian, he would have put childish ambition aside and helped his nation by keeping his mouth shut.
    This really is a creature who dwells under shark shit and sits on sixpences, and I must say if tomorrow he choked on yet another free lunch I would be headed straight to the bottlo and butcher.

    Probably won’t happen but there has been some talk about Oake’s indiscretion, and I do mean OAKE’S indiscretion, causing some difficulty in the refugee swap.
    If this is the case, then Oakes can join the Rudd club as waster of taxpayers money for nothing more than personal gain.

    • Graham 16/06/2017, 3:08 pm

      SB, Agree, the man is a sanctimonious prat like most of the media. They like to tell us how honourable they are but would sell their own grandmothers for a story.

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