Q.1 Find a short passage spoken by one of our politicians in the last week and subject it to a brief Orwellian deconstructive analysis. (Remember Orwell’s comments on the English professor’s defense of Russian totalitarianism: “A mass of Latin words falls upon the facts like soft snow, blurring the outlines and covering up all the details).
“Mr Abbott hinted the apparent betrayal by Mr Morrison, who had served as his social services minister and friend, was still a sore point.
He confirmed Mr Morrison had spoken to his chief of staff Peta Credlin three days before he was ousted in a party room ballot.
“He’s obviously put one construction on the conversation, my office put a different construction on the conversation,” he said, referring to Mr Morrison’s claim he warned Mr Abbott’s office of a “febrile” atmosphere among Liberal MPs.
“It’s probably a bit counter-productive to revisit all of this now.”
The above is quoted from an interview that Ray Hadley from 2GB had with Mr Tony Abbott this morning, 29th September 2015.
It is clear that Mr Abbott and Mr Morrison had a difference of opinion and saw the conversation in 2 different ways. Short of calling Mr Morrison a liar, Mr Abbott uses the term “different construction” on the conversation. He goes on to state that it is counter-productive to revisit it. This actually means it does not good to cry over spilt milk, or to regret what has past.
“I always knew that politics was a brutal bruising business. It is a game of snakes and ladders and I’ve got a snake at the moment.” (bold italics mine). Does this mean that Mr Abbott has not rued out a leadership challenge in the future?
“57-years-old is still young,” he said of his age.
“I’m not ready to retire and I still have a lot to contribute to public life.”
“We’ve had five prime ministers in five years. We are worse than Italy and only just better than Greece”.
“But it would be even worse if we end up with the sixth prime minister in six years.”
Perhaps Mr Abbott will put the best interests of the country before his own political and financial advancement. we shall have to wait and see.