Occident Prone

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Nose to the grindstone, I swear

Posted by occidentprone on April 30, 2008

This is as good as it gets for the Libs in WA. This is the cream of the crop.
I’ve heard Troy Buswell is an intelligent, articulate, analytical political animal – but all I can see is the animal. Loutish, sexist, bullying and immature – but still leader of the opposition.
Yesterday, Boy Troy admitted to ‘chair sniffing’, with tears and heavy emotion to show he’s sorry. Sorry for the distress caused to the staff member and sorry for his family. But probably not as sorry as the Liberal colleagues who have apparently been undermining him.
Yes, we feel for the Way-Too-Liberal Party where an embarrassing boofhead is their best chance in the next election. But what is the alternative? Matt Birney? At least Buswell is a boofhead with brains. Birney gives the impression he hasn’t read anything outside car manuals and Ralph magazine since school. Paul Omodei? He’s had his shot and failed – miserably.
What’s truly sad is that this is the level of politics in WA. And not just politics but also political commentary, for the most part – and Occident is now implicated. Maybe we’ve spent too much time being wowed by The West Wing but still, where is the intelligent argy-bargy over outcomes, the forensic scrutiny of policy? It’s all either your side vs my side bias or gutter dwelling.
The Australian quotes Liberal Party president Barry Court, son of premier Sir Charles, brother of premier Richard and husband of preacher Margaret, as saying busted Buswell can be mended.

“Myself and my wife (Victory Life Church pastor and former tennis great Margaret Court) deal with issues like this on a daily basis,” he said.

“It’s not unusual for me to see people change overnight and stay that way.”

Buswell says he has mended his ways – no more pinging girls’ bras in social studies, no more beer helmets behind the bike shed, no more mimicking classmates on all fours and from now on his nose just goes to the grindstone, not the seat.

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