Image: By Zanetti (Commenting on the blue tie thing)
Sometimes you just can’t make this stuff up. In this case, there would be no point because Gillard or her spin-doctors have already made it up.
Labor has adopted a siege mentality with polls consistently showing a wipeout in the coming election. Labor is trailing by 10 – 16% on a two party preferred basis for as long as most can remember and the PMs tenure is under increasing speculation. Most pundits doubt that she can survive for the remainder of the fortnight left in the current parliamentary session. The tail fin of former PM, Kevin Rudd is circling the raft, and police are investigating her over her alleged part in the AWU fraud.
In such times, the ‘real Julia’ comes to the fore as it has this time with blatant attempts to smear her opponents with the race card, class warfare rhetoric, or in this case, the gender card:
A crowd of about 100 people turned out to see the PM rally her female support base and launch a stinging attack on the Coalition's leadership team, without mentioning Mr Abbott's deputy leader Julie Bishop.
“I invite you to imagine it, a prime minister, a man with a blue tie, who goes on holiday to be replaced by a man in a blue tie, a treasurer who delivers a budget wearing a blue tie,” said Ms Gillard.
She introduced abortion as an election issue.
“We don't want to live in an Australia where abortion again becomes the political plaything of men who think they know better,” Ms Gillard said. “That's not the future we should choose for our nation.”
This is deliberate deceit, something we are becoming increasingly accustomed to from this government. Just for starters, while Abbott may be conflicted on the abortion issue owing to his Catholic faith, he has made no effort to prevent it.
Were Abbott (in a blue tie or otherwise) to go on holiday, his place would be taken by his deputy, Julie Bishop who, unless we are badly misinformed is not a man nor has she shown any propensity for wearing blue ties.
Only the few remaining Labor supporters left could believe this and even then it is straining their credulousness.