En Passant #3: Politicians – A Pox On All Their Houses!


Is it just me or do others look on with deep despair at the antics and behaviour of our Politicians?  Those amongst us who, while professing the objective of serving the public, appear to be more interested in self aggrandisement, thuggery, and the acquisition of power – at any cost (legal or moral).  And these are only Australian politicians.  When you consider the going’s on in the USA, you try not to, as deep depression is only just around the corner.

All of this is ably assisted by media institutions more attracted to sensationalism than relevance and accuracy.  They would truly make Joseph Goebbels justifiably proud.

Total inadequacy in the expression of my true feelings about the current state of politics and politicians in Oz, leads me to a few comments from others about things political (and a couple of mine).  Enjoy

On Politicians:

  • So shallow they make a film of water look like the deep ocean.
  • So much promise, so lacking in commitment, so lacking in cohesion, so lacking in vision.
  • Los Trios Patheticos:  Phoney Tony, Whiney Pyne & Bombast Brandis – lots of noise, so lacking in substance.
  • Bill (The Knife) Shorten – engenders that nauseous feeling that you are being considered as a tasty meal by a tiger snake.
  • The reason that there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put make-up on two faces. – Maureen Murphy.
  • A politician is a fellow who will lay down your life for his country. – Texas Guinan.
  • Politicians are people who, when they see the light at the end of the tunnel, order more tunnel. – John Quinton.
  • A politicians never believes anything he says, so he is always amazed when other people do. – Charles de Gaulle.
  • It’s clearly a budget.  It’s got a lot of numbers in it. – George W. Bush.
  • If there’s anything that a public servant hates to do it’s doing something for the public. – Kim Hubbard.
  • Ninety percent of politicians give the other ten per cent a bad reputation. – Henry Kissinger.
  • Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs or cutting hair. – George Burns.
  • There’s nothing so improves the mood of the party as the imminent execution of a senior colleague. – Alan Clark.
  • My husband is a hard dog to keep on the porch. – Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • Politicians are the same all over.  They promise to build a bridge even when there is no river. – Nikita Kruschev.
  • A liberal is a man whose interests aren’t at stake at the moment. –Willis Player.
  • A politician will always be there when he needs you. –Ian Walsh.
  • The voters have spoken – the bastards! – Richard Nixon.
  • If you want to be a leader with a large following just obey the speed limit on a winding, two-lane road. – Charles Barr.
  • An honest politician is one who when he is bought will stay bought. – Simon Cameron.
  • Probably the most distinctive characteristic of the successful politician is selective cowardice. – Richard Harris.
  • Politicians are always dealing with things which they don’t understand. – R. G. Menzies.
  • The Australians appear to a man to regard their politicians as time-serving crooks or simple-minded hirelings. – Jim Cameron.

On Politics:

  • Is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it wrongly and applying unsuitable remedies. – Groucho Marx.
  • The only difference between the Republican (Oz Coalition) and the Democratic (Oz Labor) parties is the velocity with which their knees hit the floor when corporations knock on their door. – Ralph Nader.
  • Politics is derived from two words – poly meaning many, and tics, meaning small blood sucking insects. – Chris Clayton.
  • I’m offended by political jokes.  Too often they get elected. – Will Rogers.
  • The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. – H. L Mencken.
  • Political skill is the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month and next year.  And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen. – Winston Churchill.
  • The public say that they are getting cynical about politicians.  They should hear how politicians talk about them. – George Walden.
  • Governments are like underwear.  They need to be change often and for the same reason. – Italian proverb.
  • Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. – P. J. O’Rourke.
  •  Many journalists have fallen for the conspiracy theory of government.  They would produce more accurate work if they adhered to the cock-up theory. – Bob Dole.
  • The duty of an opposition is very simple: to oppose everything, and propose nothing. – Lord Derby.
  • Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession.  I have come to realise that it bears a very close resemblance to the first. – Ronald Reagan.
  • ·A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. – George Bernard Shaw.
  • The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. – Winston Churchill.
  • The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination. – Voltaire.
  • The radical invents the views.  When he has worn them out, the conservative adopts them. – Mark Twain.
  • Practical politics consists in ignoring facts. – Henry Adams.

And finally on Newspapers & Journalism:

  • The typical Australian newspaper reader has a mental age of 12.  Write only in the active voice.  Never use a sentence longer than 12 words.  Never use a word that a child could not understand. – Sir John Williams to Keith Dunstan.
  • Remember, son, many a good story has been ruined by over-verification. – James Gordon Bennett.
  • Freedom of the press is guaranteed to only those who own one – A. J. Leibling.
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Australian born and bred who has spent most of his working life in R&D and IP management with earlier forays in the newspaper industry and martial arts. Fortunate enough to be living in one of the best countries in the World, even though I might get grumpy with it from time to time.
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