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Friday, October 19, 2007

John Howard: He's Still Got It

In Australia, John Howard has managed to get the Liberals back into the fight.  The latest polls show the (good) Australian Liberals closing the gap on Labor from 56-44 to 53-47.  Even better news is that the Liberal numbers in marginal seats are looking pretty good.  In 1998, the Coalition (the Liberals and a few other parties) beat Labor despite losing the popular vote 51-49.

It's worth noting that Labor led the polls in the run-up to the elections in 1998, 2001, and 2004.  In fact, in 2004, an Australian nemesis of mine took great delight in spending most of the year assuring me that Howard was doomed to defeat.

How does he do it?  It's really very simple.  Howard ignores the bleating of the media and, instead, goes in for the kill on key issues time and time again.  And, of course, his Liberals are also relentless in their assault against the opposition.

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P.M. John Howard's secret - no girlyman he.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-19 7:10:19 AM


It appears the losing Media Party is alive and well in Australia. Hope the hacks here take note.

Last night Duffy was all excited about the good news day the Liberals had with Garneau getting the nod for a safe seat in Montreal and the arrival of Justin Trudeau's offspring. Desperation at work.

Posted by: LizJ | 2007-10-19 7:42:19 AM


This is something that P.M. Howard would not tolerate, to his credit:

The UK Conservative Muslim Forum wants the compulsory history curriculum in schools changed to give “full recognition to the massive contribution that Islam has made to the development of Western civilisation”.

It also argues that preachers who advocate a rejection of democracy and its institutions should not be denied entry into Britain.

The report says: “Regardless of whether one finds Israel a congenial country or not, on any objective assessment of the type of unqualified support given to Israel by the current government it is not conducive to British national interests as this could damage Britain’s relationships with 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide, including those in Britain.”

The group calls on the party to be more sympathetic towards Iran. It says: “Given Iran’s position in the Middle East, facing a nuclear-armed Israel, Iran appears to have legitimate reasons for seeking nuclear weapons for defensive purposes.”

SO THEY ADMIT that Iran is not seeking nuclear power but nuclear weapons! The mask has slipped just a bit lower.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-19 9:21:06 AM


obc - This is something that P.M. Howard would not tolerate, to his credit:

If muslims think that John Howard is tough they better hope Peter Costello never becomes PM

Posted by: lotus 25 | 2007-10-19 9:33:42 AM


I would be a disaster if we lost Howard in Australia. But I have a feeling that voters suffer a bit from the Ralph Klein syndrome: after many years in powers, Klein was viewed by many with frustration, even disdain, only to be re-elected (and now, after almost a year of Stelmach, Klein is looking better than ever before).

Posted by: Werner Patels (THE SPADE) | 2007-10-19 10:41:01 AM


Posted by: Werner Patels (THE SPADE) | 19-Oct-07 10:41:01 AM Telling it like it is: Leading political pundit Werner Patels calls a spade a spade

How exactly does one become a "leading" political pundit?

Posted by: lotus 25 | 2007-10-19 11:10:35 AM


'It's really very simple. Howard ignores the bleating of the media and, instead, goes in for the kill on key issues time and time again'

Kind of reminds me of another Prime Minister!!!

Posted by: Paul | 2007-10-19 12:49:06 PM


Since when does this blog allow commercial spam from used-car salesmen?

Posted by: Werner Patels is THE SPADE | 2007-10-19 1:30:43 PM


I admit to not knowing much about Australian politics, but based on many reports I have seen Mr. Howard remains the ONLY Western leader to be willing to call a spade a spade when it comes to Islamists. Good on him.

Posted by: Alain | 2007-10-19 2:23:13 PM


Right, Alain, and calling a spade a spade is exactly what we in the West need a whole lot more of.

Posted by: Werner Patels is THE SPADE | 2007-10-19 3:18:52 PM


. . . and these Islamofascists ought to be clubbed to death, regardless of what bleeding heart Leftoids say. And the Rockies pitchers will step onto the diamond next week and win the World Series.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-19 3:33:28 PM


Werner,

Nice blog, I have posted a couple of comments for you.

Posted by: John | 2007-10-19 3:33:36 PM


I'm cheering here in Canada for the excellent Prime Minister, Mr. Howard. I wish I could vote FOR him.

I shall never forget a cartoon I once saw of Cretian and Mr. Howard. The caption said "Mr. Howard, meet Mr. Coward. As any fan of the old west knows once there was a 'dirty little coward who shot Mr. Howard and laid poor Jesse James in his grave'.

He told people who wish to immigrate to Australia that Australia had a set of rules (laws)already agreed to by the citizens of Australia. There would not be any changes made to those laws under his watch so anyone not intending to adapt themselves and their lifestyle to Australian laws should look elsewhere to live their lives. Mr. Howard does his job; he looks out for Australians!

He gave an excellent speech in the HOF commons a few months ago. It should still be on the CPAC website.

Thanks for posting this Yoshi.

Posted by: jema54j | 2007-10-19 5:42:42 PM


I'm cheering here in Canada for the excellent Prime Minister, Mr. Howard. I wish I could vote FOR him.

I shall never forget a cartoon I once saw of Cretian and Mr. Howard. The caption said "Mr. Howard, meet Mr. Coward. As any fan of the old west knows once there was a 'dirty little coward who shot Mr. Howard and laid poor Jesse James in his grave'.

He told people who wish to immigrate to Australia that Australia had a set of rules (laws)already agreed to by the citizens of Australia. There would not be any changes made to those laws under his watch so anyone not intending to adapt themselves and their lifestyle to Australian laws should look elsewhere to live their lives. Mr. Howard does his job; he looks out for Australians!

He gave an excellent speech in the HOF commons a few months ago. It should still be on the CPAC website.

Thanks for posting this Yoshi.

Posted by: jema54j | 2007-10-19 5:42:43 PM


But in Quebec, the fascist head of separatism rears its ugly head, with little comment from the media:

"A nasty PQ recipe for non-'citizens'"
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The Parti Québécois is proposing to create two classes of Canadian citizens in Quebec: those who speak French up to a government-imposed standard, and those who do not. Those who do not meet the standard would be denied the right to run for political office, contribute to political parties or sign a petition to the province's National Assembly. Those who meet the standard would be so-called Quebec citizens, with full rights. (Anyone living in Quebec now or born in future to Quebec citizens would be counted as citizens.) The PQ's notion that Quebec has the power to disenfranchise Canadian citizens is ludicrous in a legal sense and repugnant in a moral one.

Consider a banker from Vancouver, either native-born or from abroad. She's a Canadian citizen. Her bank transfers her to Montreal. After three months (under the PQ's proposed "Quebec identity act"), she is eligible for Quebec citizenship. To obtain that citizenship, she needs to meet the provincial standard for speaking French and for knowledge of Quebec. If she's not up to standard, the PQ would bar her from contributing to, say, the Liberal Party of Canada if she so chose. If she wishes to express her objections to this law, she cannot sign a petition being put before the Quebec legislature. If she plans to stay, she cannot run for office, not even for a local school board.

One person, one vote is at the core of any democracy. The PQ would diminish the principle by chipping away the political rights that go with having a vote. The party claims to have constitutional advice that its proposal would be considered reasonable in a free and democratic society under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Nonsense. To carve up the core principle of a democracy would require proof of a devastating and imminent threat to that democracy's survival. And what is that threat?

There is none. There are concerns in Quebec about whether the accommodation of religious minorities has gone too far. But the real threat is to the PQ's popularity among francophones. The party has been displaced by the Action Démocratique du Quebec as the main defender of Quebec's francophone identity, largely because the ADQ rushed to the barricades to embrace some xenophobic views in rural Quebec before the provincial election in March; from a party of five seats, the ADQ soared to 41. The third-place PQ is desperate to seize the high ground on Quebec's politics of identity.

Sovereignty through the back door - that is the purpose of creating Quebec citizenship. With the exceptions noted above, only those with proficiency in French would be entitled to full rights. Everyone else would be sent to the back of the bus. This is a very low road to the political high ground.

THE SOONER QUEBEC SPLITS, the better for all of Canada, but they must get their own currency & passports. No semi-Canadian status for them.

Posted by: obc | 2007-10-20 8:14:35 AM


The problem the Separatists don't even see in their blind ambitions is a total loss of their language if they go it alone.
French will no longer be spoken and taught, or be a requirement for government jobs throughout the Canada.

They will have to offer services in English if they want to attract tourists. They'll have to deal with most of the world in English as well.
Anyway, it will not happen, they're just a bunch of tools living in Dreamland, whatever that is called in French. ZZZZZZZZZZ.

Posted by: LizJ | 2007-10-20 8:57:13 AM


I cannot panic about anything the PQ proposes because they do not have any support in Quebec. As LizJ so aptly put it ZZZZZ.

French is not a difficult language to learn, a few weeks in Quebec should enable a bank teller to communicate proficiently. English is a difficult language to learn because it has incorporated so many words and phrases from other languages. Our legislative language is French and Latin, medical language is based on Ancient Greek, culinary language is Italian, French, Russian...Farming is Celtic, Norwegian, French, German......
The French/English language has been used to divide Canadians for all the years Canada has existed; it is cooked up as an issue by those who stand to gain from the division. If Canadian people cannot communicate then they will not trust each other. It is time to turn off the translators on the English channels. English speakers can easily learn French since almost all French words have derivatives in the English dictionary. For example, 'depecher' is French for 'depart' or 'dispatch'.

I think that the inability to understand French is a ruse created by the teaching crowd to dumb down the vocabulary of the English language. Most students benefit from knowledge of French because it enhances their comprehension of English. I see learning French as a win win for English people. TWO languages founded this nation - the provinces should decide between the two languages, which one goes on soup cans; if it must be both then it must be both in all provinces.

Posted by: jema54j | 2007-10-20 12:16:18 PM



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