This week The Blowfly finds himself completely at odds with Laurie Oakes and the rest of the Australian press gallery.
Tony Abbott copped a caning from the media regarding his remarks about the sunken Italian cruise liner. He wittingly brought it into the asylum seeker debate. He referred to it as ‘one boat they could not turn back.’
Laurie Oakes said that “the bloke just doesn’t get it.”
Hopefully Laurie and the media do not set the benchmark on what is appropriate , what is funny and what is not.
Blowflies often find humour in misfortune. Especially other people’s!
Tony Abbott has a wonderful sense of humour and, given the state of Australian politics, we need lashings of it regularly.
Tony has made The Blowfly laugh on many occasions.
Who could ever forget the television interview where Tony tried to explain the difference between the ‘truth’ and the ‘gospel truth’.
That was funny!
And then there was the interview with Kerry O’Brien where he tried to explain the details of his telecommunications policy.
That was hilarious!
But there is more!
“What housewives need to understand while they’re doing the ironing is that if they get it done commercially it’s going to go up in price, and their own power bills are going to go up every year when they switch the iron off.”
"I think there does need to be give and take on both sides, and this idea that sex is kind of a woman’s right to absolutely withhold, just as the idea that sex is a man’s right to demand I think they both need to be moderated, so to speak.”
Are you laughing yet?
“I am giving you the most definite commitment any politician can give that this tax will go. This is a pledge in blood this tax will go.”
“The only thing I wouldn’t do is sell my arse---but I’d have to give serious thought to it.”
To Malcolm Turnbull on climate change: “I know I’m a bit of a weather vane on this.”
Surely you are laughing now!
“….Jesus didn’t say yes to everyone. I mean Jesus knew that there was a place for everything and it is not necessarily everyone’s place to come to Australia.”
“….we just can’t stop people from being homeless if that’s their choice….”
On whether a national celibacy campaign would help counter the rise in teen sexual activity, sexual infections and pregnancies: “I think that it’s very important that we empower people to reject this kind of rampant sensuality.”
Now for the one that brings tears to your eyes.
“I think it would be folly to expect that women will ever dominate or even approach equal representation in a large number of areas simply because their aptitudes, abilities and interests are different for physiological reasons.”
I think we should leave the final word to the illustrious humorist George W Bush: "See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda.”
The Blowfly could not have said it better.