here it is, show 280 in all its glory. enjoy it, for you will not see its likes again until 2008
So this was the big post-election wrap! Much dissection was had. Everything from Jackie Kelly, and Jeff Kennett, to the ALP candidate Newhouse getting slapped by some mad mother/ journalist/ no longer employed journalist at a polling station, to an overview of the election coverage.
In fact, if you didn’t like the election result (why are you listening to the show?) or you’re not into politics, then this was not the show for you! With a Kevin 07 shirt on the wall, and dreams of sugar plums dancing in our heads – victory was ours!!
There was much navel gazing by the now Opposition. The Libs fell apart. Squabbling, fighting over whose silver spoon was whose, and of course the ritual “i dropped the soap” game (but that’s pretty standard for most branch meetings of the Liberal Party). Many said the defeat wouldn’t have happened if Costello was in charge – and to a point that’s true. If he was the leader then the ALP would have won the Senate too! Richard used his standard indepth political brain to label Mark Vaile a “grimy little retarded frog man”, an apt if not particularly probing examination. Jeff Kennett was on the horn again, calling Peter Costello “gutless”. Mike Bailey, the ALP candidate for North Sydney was only beaten by the Libs high-profile Industrial Relations Minister Joe Hockey by 5 points once preferences were counted. Poor Joe!! No one loves a loser! … oh and Kevin Rudd won the election!
So before they finally decided on Brendon “The Earring” Nelson, there was a tussle. A tussle of class, ideology and hairstyles. The Libs love the quaff and the hairspray – it was a battle royale:
Tony Abbott, the man described by Paul Keating as “a young fogy” was a front runner, but after bungling pretty much anything he touched during the election, it will be a surprise to see him till well after New Years.
Young Brendon, the eventual winner, has busted the Liberal Party mold. He admitted the Iraq War is about oil, he’s socially moderate, and was once a member of the ALP. What ever happened to that ALP ‘blood in, blood out’ rule?
Malcolm Turdbill, Richie Rich, Mr Silver Spoon, Captain My Dad’s Richer Than Your Dad. Paul Keating says he’s “like a fizzling firecracker” and his arch conservative views are well known. That being said, he really didn’t endear himself to the Liberal Party when he was the main voice for the Republican Movement. Those grannies just wouldn’t be happy haveing him in the top job!
But in the end it came down to Nelson. The Earring, the big hair, the embarrassing laugh. Oh I’m quite looking forward to the next election!! Speaking of which – Kevin Rudd won the election!!
At this point Maxine was ahead in our final edition of Battle For Bennelong. She eventually won (and didn’t Johnny look happy!?!), but during the show there was only 2702 votes separating them. Tight!! Little Johnny voted at a local primary school, in fact the very school that Pete kicked Paddle Pop Lion in the Jatz Crackers. We shouldn’t be hard on Pete though. That was the week before the election…. which (if you didn’t know) Kevin Rudd won!!
Speaking of Pete, his wild, untamed political brain finally got the better of him, and 4 days after the election victory… Pete called it as a Labor win! Yes, it was 4 days later – but he called it. No other political commentator would come out so forcefully so long after the victory to make a statement like that. He really is the powerhouse behind machinations of the political machine! Go Team Pete!! (which not only endorses, but fully supports the Kevin Rudd election victory!)
Poll Smoking revealed the truth of it though. The polls were wrong! Roy Morgan was closest, and the SKY News exit poll was pretty close – but overall the polls were wrong. In fact next month Pete is going to predict the final tally, and I’m pretty confident he’ll be 99% right. There’s a prediction. There’s the kind of hard impact analysis you expect from A Walk in the Black Forest! The programme that whole heartedly accepts the new Rudd government.
Fuck O Meter this week…
… that’s because we’re so f&#king pleased about the election victory of Kevin Rudd and the deposing of the Howard Junta!
Yes, this is show 279, available here BEFORE it goes to live to air next week, live from Studio 77 of the 2RRR live to air studios LIVE from Gladesville, NSW.Â A Walk in the Black Forest is LIVE on your crystal set (and no, Russell Kilby is not involved)
With much delay, A Walk in the Black Forest Presents: Episode #277 – The Summary.
Back what seems like aeons ago, before K-Rudd freed the people, when terror swept the land in the guise of IR Laws, when Australia was marginalised on the world stage, there was Episode #277 – and it went a little something like this:
From Richard Shpeering the room, to fan mail and Anna Coren’s lovefest with the PM and Peter Costello. A mixed bag? Yes – but all true! In the pre-election wrap, Costello and Howard weren’t the only ones loving it up; K-Rudd was getting some hardcore Rove action. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for K-Rudd – Goofy Downer was doing his best for the coalition’s election chances, calling K-Rudd “boring”. Far be it for me to be the arbiter of what’s boring and what’s not… but Goofy Downer? The man’s an inbred fool!!! Maybe K-Rudd can take it as a “no” from the incest vote. Nationals Leader Mark Vale meanwhile was telling the world that “Australians demand better health care”. Does Mark Vale realise his sides in power? His sides the one with the money, the ones who allocate funding?
Now Pete’s a long-time Labor man. His statue of Gough made from cheese was up for the Packer’s Prize at the Archibold, Bob Hawke autographed his left buttock after his support through the 80s, and of course there’s the likeness of Pete amongst the Keating children. He’s Labor!! But this election he plans to vote Green in the senate. Some see it as treason – personally i just think it’s the Christmas fever in the air. Greens on the red senate floor. As far as we’re aware he’ll be working closely with Deborah Hutton in 2008 on her new range – It’s a beautiful thing…
Malcolm The Turd Turdbill caused quite a sensation on the programme, with varying opinions – none of which he would like! Either he’s out of touch so he should be leader of the Libs after Howard so no one would ever vote for them again, OR he shouldn’t be leader because he’s a wally! Not really sterling endorsements for the Member for Wentworth. Now Malcolm’s a big fan of rain technology – and luckily some technologists have come along to tell him more. Funnily enough, these same technologists just happen to be “buying him lunch” to help with his campaign. Now that’s the kind of guy you want running a political party!!
Little Johnny’s not that popular. In fact a number of people don’t like him including Malcolm Fraser (ex-Liberal PM), Gough Whitlam (ex-PM and god-like figure), Jeff Kennett (ex-Lib Premier) and John Hewson (ex-Lib Opposition Leader). Pretty big hitters really. Oh Little Johnny – 4 days and counting my friend – and you had no idea what was going to happen!!
From the National arena, to International hard hitting news; with the ultimate royal bitch slap being handed to President Hugo Chavez. Chavez is a great man (unless like Pete you read US newspapers). The US have lead a number of campaigns against him, including assassination attempts, rigged elections, international sanctions and a media campaign that seems to have been organised by a master propagandist. But this week Hugo came up against the King of Spain, who while defending the old Spanish PM (who was plotting to overthrow Chavez in a military action) told Chavez to “shut up”. Bit rude!! But the Spaniards have now turned this phrased into a ring tone which is selling millions. Bloody Spaniards – where’s Franco when you need him!?
Poll Smoking this week was hot and contemporary as the election was just days away. Roy Morgan had the ALP way out in front with their figures saying voters made their minds up 5 months ago! Newspoll was a little closer, but none the less the ALP were ahead just days before the election. Richard had always predicted the ALP victory, with Pete and I somewhat more reticent. Richard’s enthusiasm was electric! He was positive. We were just positive that if he stuffed this up – we’d kill him!!
Fuck O Meter… oh dear!!!
… and with that the election began…