Not-so-old Lang makes us sigh

Poor Kylie Lang at The Courier-Mail is having a lot of difficulty understanding the concept of a personal attack.

So I thought I’d provide her some examples.

Do you remember, Kylie, back to the 2019 election when Scott Morrison opened his gob over and over again and liked to say: “Bill Shorten lies. That’s all he ever does. He lies and lies and he lies” to cover for the fact he had fuck-all policies?

That’s a personal attack. One person attacking another with a personal slur.

Here’s a recent example of our very own.

Morrison said this the other day about his attitude to electric vehicles back at that election – “No, I didn’t ridicule those …. that technology. That’s good technology” – and The Bug took him to task over what he is on record as saying back then.

That an EV “is not going to tow your trailer or your boat”.

‘It’s not going to get you out to your favourite camping spot with your family.”

No, back then Bill Shorten “wants to ruin your weekend” by taking petrol and diesel vehicles off our roads and forcing us to use EVs.

Morrison didn’t say that an EV couldn’t pull the skim off a custard pudding but he probably wished he had.

So naturally enough, we called him a lying cunt.

In hindsight, maybe we were a little unfair. He may have dementia or simple memory loss from drinking too much piss.

Let us now look at the first two pars of your Saturday “petty snipe” essay for your paper.

Grace Tame has done some wonderful things, but publicly slamming the Prime Minister and questioning his cabinet reshuffle aren’t among them.

Since when did the Australian of the Year honour come with a licence to personally attack our nation’s leader?

Publicly slamming the PM? A licence to personally attack our nation’s leader?

Here’s our gripe, Kylie. Everyone accepts that Grace Tame is a person and Scott Morrison is a person but just because the former criticises the latter does not make it personal.

Well, it can be but we’ve checked the transcript of at least some of her recent utterings, including an interview with that “unapologetic leftist” Kerry O’Brien at Griffith University and while Grace’s criticisms of Morrison were, agreed, pretty tough there were no accusations of botty odour or bad breath or overgrown toenails or mendacious sociopathy. Ms Tame kept largely to the issues.

Kylie, you’ve made it to associate editor at The Courier-Mail so we’re assuming you think the sun pretty much shines out of Morrison’s arse.

And you’ve therefore formed the view that a grateful Ms Tame should be congratulating the PM for giving a few women fancy titles in his Cabinet and calling Marise Payne the prime minister for women, thereby “addressing” an age-old LNP problem of low female representation in parliament.

And that’s fine. That’s your view. And, besides, jobs are hard to get in journalism right now.

By the way, did you read what Peter Hartcher in the SMH thought of those Cabinet changes that you so admire?

Peter’s the guy, right, who if he had changed over to sports reporting in recent days, would have managed to insert into a colour piece on the Sharkies 48-10 win over the Cowboys yesterday with a reference, possibly two or more, to how wonderful Scott Morrison has led the country out of COVID 19.

Hartcher said of Morrison’s reshuffle: “He failed to see the crisis of injustice to women even as it engulfed his government.

“Morrison seems to expect a standing ovation for naming his Minister for Women, Marise Payne, as Prime Minister for Women.

Putting the “awesomely inert” Payne in charge of a ministerial taskforce for women’s policy was “the inadequate shifting responsibility to the inert”.

Ouch, Kylie. “Awesomely inert” is starting to get a little personal, isn’t it?

Hartcher declared Morrison’s changes meant a real chance lost to “have removed the duds and promoted some of the talented members of his party”.

Still, Peter is entitled to his view. As are you. And Ms Tame.

But it does not – must never – mean that others have to agree with one another, even with a PM you obviously admire so very, very much.

Like Hartcher, Grace Tame is equally in her rights to form the view that Morrison’s ministerial changes were window-dressing and hopelessly inadequate or ineffective or both and that some of those so promoted don’t deserve to be.

And that’s fine too. Whether she’s the current Australian of the Year or anyone else.

And she’s entirely entitled to disagree with Scott Morrison for his stance and his record on any number of issues, be it financial support for victims of domestic violence, adopting recommendations for the advancement of women or laughable in-house investigations into who knew what and when in his office about alleged rapes and grubby sexist behaviour at the Big House and much smaller ones around the nation.

And it’s not personal if she does take Morrison to task fiercely on those issues.

Still, Kylie, we know you have Scott Morrison’s back. And that’s fine too. We can’t all get to share our opinions with the wider world but well done you!

Who knows just how high on the promotional ladder you might end up at Newscorpse?

Don Gordon-Brown