He explained why it was perfectly legitimate and lawful to state – as Labor did – that a vote for Les Twentyman was a vote for the Liberals:
“The Liberal Party knew they couldn’t win Kororoit, so their strategy was to attempt to damage Labor’s brand and maximise the chances of Les Twentyman being elected,” he said. “That’s why they placed him No. 2 on their how-to-vote card. Therefore Les Twentyman was the de facto Liberal candidate for Kororoit, and a vote for him was a vote for the Liberal strategy.”
He said: “If Les Twentyman or any other independent were to run in any future election and it was clear that the Liberals were attempting to get them elected, we would use this strategy again.”
He said “working families” had excellent “bulldust detectors” and it was arrogant and patronising to think they could be hoodwinked. “We have great respect for the view of working families and believe they get it right 10 times more often than most latte-sipping journalists and commentators.”
Too bloody right they do.
VEXNEWS would prefer to restrain our usual active and spirited discussion of Twentyman until we’re sure he’s recovered from his medical issues which his publicist insists on telling us all about via press release. Even he’s entitled to some privacy when crook, we think. We certainly wish the old grouch the very best of health so he’s fit to run again in 2010 for a new bout of payout.
Not like that nasty piece of work Sharri Markson in the Gallery in Canberra, whose main claim to fame was impersonating a grieving relative after the July 7 terror attacks in London. Markson teared up, made herself looked distressed and carried flowers to get through to interview a bloke who’d been blown up. Nice.
POOR CURLY HAS A QUIET WEEK
Paul “Curly” Austin clearly didn’t have much on so he recycled a weeks old story about the notoriously incompetent Victorian Electoral Commission deeming a leaflet to be misleading. When reheating left-overs, it’s very important to add spice for taste, enough chili to minimise the risk of food poisoning, so he did, making claims of lies, smears, “offences against democracy” and other demonstrably false hype of the kind he normally only lathers himself into a frenzy about when denouncing Ted Baillieu/Petro Georgiou’s factional foes in the Liberal Party.
Regular readers of VEXNEWS and its predecessor publication the OC will remember that Twentyman (well really his shadowy backers) had promised to take the ALP to court over all the nasty lies they told about him. They of course never did, knowing they didn’t have a leg to stand on.
Principally their complaint was about one of the most devastating pieces of material put out in the campaign that directly quoted Twentyman’s support of heroin injecting rooms. It contained a then recent quote from him supporting such facilities.
He insisted it was all lies despite his views appearing in his own column and his own book. His backers complained to the VEC. They clearly rejected that complaint.
THE BUNGLING BUFFOONS OF THE VEC STRIKE AGAIN
Twentyman’s backers also complained about a leaflet that made the argument that a vote for Les Twentyman was a vote for the Liberals. No, howled Les, even though I’m receiving Liberal preferences, and they want me to win, I’m not a Liberal.
The VEC said saying a vote for Les Twentyman was a vote for the Liberals could be misleading. Poppycock.
No more so – as a wise person on Andrew Bolt’s blog yesterday made the point – than when John Howard said a vote for Labor is a vote for higher interest rates.
It’s just a rhetorical device to make a point.
Like in Queensland, when Labor used to push very hard in Brisbane saying a vote for the Liberals is a a vote for the then rather unfashionable Nationals. Again, technically not true in a literal sense but it’s not meant to be, it’s making a political argument saying supporting one gives support to the other. It’s an opinion and an entirely legitimate one.
The assertion that it’s all a nasty campaign of deceit or whatever is ridiculous and typical of the half-thought out hysteria that Austin trots out about the major political parties.
In his world view, every politician is a crook and every voter a f*cktard who is easily conned by Rupert Murdoch’s media and cynical TV executives.
It’s a less intelligently argued version of John Pilgerism. And Pilger while smart is clearly as mad as a cut snake on total fire ban day.
Newnham was right to demolish his argument, even batting up to the same journo who attempted to do him over the day before. Note the change in tone in the two articles. One hysterical. The other reasonable. A good effort. No wonder he’s still State Secretary. May it ever be thus.