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Opposition leader Tony Abbott’s refusal to, literally, wield a chainsaw in his budgie smugglers is costing him dearly.

LABOR’S portrayal of Tony Abbott as too negative appears to have hit home, with the latest Newspoll finding voter dissatisfaction with the Opposition Leader’s performance at a record high of 57 per cent.

And Julia Gillard appears to be staging a political comeback, winning a three-percentage-point increase in Labor’s primary vote in the past fortnight, and stretching her gains to six percentage points in the past seven weeks.

This “negative” bloke is a bloke who not only got married, but had three kids, surf life saves, and keeps fit… super fit.

If there’s anything wrong with him, he’s too soft.

I’m sorry, I know I’m partisan, but exactly where does does the “negative” schtick originate from?

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  1. Hi,
    It’s the old saying, If you say something enough times over and over, people will start to believe it, and that is exactly what labor and the fairfax press are doing, and it’s working. 😦

    • Not even. Case in point: the journoburger that is Laurie Oakes gets printed in the Herald Sun.

      (but Bob Brown probably isn’t worried about that one…)

        • Sean of Deer Park
        • November 8th, 2011

        Laurie Oakes; you meant ‘Jabba the Joke’.

    • Carpe Jugulum
    • November 8th, 2011

    You forgot he also does triathlons and is a volunteer fire fighter πŸ˜‰

    • Didn’t mention…

    • Merilyn
    • November 8th, 2011

    Bruce Hawker, his troops just keep repeating it, so over time people start to believe it, [magsx2 hit the nail on the head].

    Just another point, had a person here at my home who was doing polls, and the person said that it depends on where they do the polling, for e.g. if they poll an inner city area they get very different answers from a country area. Another point made was that if they want to get a favourable poll they will go into areas where the sitting government would be more popular, so that is why I say you can twist any poll you like to get the results you want, and the only poll that matters is the poll on Election day. [Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister was spot on on just this subject.]

    Let’s not forget that recent book by that lady [whose name escapes me] which could have done a bit of damage to Tony Abbott if people believed what she wrote.

    Above all remember Julia has a new media person, who has a lot of experience with working with Tony Blair former PM of England, and knows just how to work the media to her advantage.

    • Susan Mitchell

      John McTernan

        • Merilyn
        • November 8th, 2011

        Thank you bing.

    • elsie
    • November 8th, 2011

    Here is a Letter to the Ed I have written to the Brisbane Courier-Mail (It won’t appear, but it made me feel better writing it!):

    “I think I have had a Rip van Winkle experience! On waking I find there has been some sort of coup. Labor is totally powerless, and Dictator Abbott is running the country and is blamed for all its woes. The ABC has become the Abbott Bashing Corporation, and the only topic on most current affair programs is the reviling of this Abbott fellow.

    I think I will go back to sleep and wake up when it is not 1984, and the people are no longer being brainwashed.”

      • Sean of Deer Park
      • November 8th, 2011

      Good call, Elsie. Perhaps it is time we all started writing in ‘New speak’. Your words might actually make it into the paper, if you did. πŸ˜†

      • Merilyn
      • November 8th, 2011

      Elsie, a blogger at Pier’s blog [Labor Fools Rush in page 3] named Laura from Victoria has complained how she is very rarely printed on Andrew Bolt’s blog. Laura is very anti-Julia.

      So she changed her name and wrote a very flattering post about Julia and was printed, so it really makes you wonder about those moderators who now run Andrew’s blog.

      • Go figure.

        It’s sad. Used to be a big contributer there, but now, what’s the point?

        • Carpe Jugulum
        • November 8th, 2011

        I stopped bothering , unless your a leftist provocateur or responding to one of their posts don’t waste your time.

    • You’ll be asleep a very long time. An older American mate said even the late great Ronald Reagan was lamblasted by the media in his day.

    • Merilyn
    • November 8th, 2011

    Yes elsie, amazing isn’t it, Julia makes numerous errors, but, but, but it is all Tony Abbott’s fault, strange how those same media people seem to forget he is the Opposition Leader and it is his job to point out where her policies would hurt the Australian people.

      • Sean of Deer Park
      • November 8th, 2011

      That evil man, Tony Abbott! Don’t get me started on him. Apart from the fact, he looks pretty good in his Budgie Smugglers, what’s he good for? πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

      Honestly! (*walks off with a huff)

    • Sean of Deer Park
    • November 8th, 2011

    Seriously, though.

    I get the feeling the ‘Wicked Witch of the West’ is only doing a little better because she has been keeping a low profile of late. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, as they say. Abbott, and team (minus, Mere Malcolm), are reluctant to announce policy because as we all know the ALP would snatch any good ideas and try to make them their own. The “Me, too” syndrome we witnessed back in 2007.

    The coalition need to keep their plans quiet, until election time. We know for a fact, the ALP/Greens, are devoid of any ideas that actually work and are starving for help from the professionals. Let the Left squirm in their incapability until it really matters.

    I’m hoping the coalition will:

    – Repeal the CO2 Tax.
    – Sake and sell off the ABC.
    – Enshrine ‘Freedom of Speech’ in the constitution.
    – Abandon the NBN.
    – Rework the Mining Tax to encourage investment.
    – Abolish State Stamp Duty by Law
    – Sack the Department of Climate Change.
    – Go Nuclear, for power generation.
    – Increase ‘Old Age Pension’ payments to reward the people who have worked their entire lives to make Australia so great.
    – Outlaw Agenda 21 within local councils.
    – Run, ‘endorse’, candidates at local council level.
    – Tell the UN they will get no more funding from the Australian Tax payer.
    – Abolish ‘Fair Work Australia’
    – Have a Royal Commission into Union thuggery and corruption (and put some people in gaol (jail) for their crimes).
    – Tell the Green’s to go get a life.
    – Bring back TPV’s.
    … to name a few.

    The potential list of policy improvements is endless.

    • That, good sir, is a bloody decent list.

    • A magnificent list, I agree with them all, the only extra one I would add would be to improve the help for veterans including their pension. πŸ™‚

    • Merilyn
    • November 8th, 2011

    “Tell the Greens to go get a life”, No just start expelling them from the next election onwards, they don’t like people and have shown no interest in the fact that a lot of workers will be out of work thanks to their policies which have been given the nod from Julia.

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    Greenhouse Bullcrap
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