The gnattering (sic) Nabobs of negativity (enlisted in the cause of the politics of positivity of course) are at it again – manufacturing reasons to bash Tony Abbott. They must be desperate.
Yesterday Abbott said that an ETS “[Is] a so-called market in the non-delivery of an invisible substance to no one“. Not his best line, and definitely not as clever as some of those I’ve enlisted above, but vaguely amusing.
And what’s more not one part of it is untrue. The ETS is an exercise in futility, the market for trading in permits is rigged, it is an invisible substance, and the contracts don’t end in physical delivery and what’s more don’t generally end in a reduction in global CO2.
Indeed, expressed this way, the comment draws attention to the fact that many of the people involved in so-called carbon markets are actually shonks, and that a leading light in the early stages of the market was Enron, and that was the major reason it went broke.
It was just such a derivatives market that plunged the world’s banking system into chaos and led to the GFC.
Yet we’ve had Penny Wong fronting the cameras to ridicule Abbott.
I’m not sure whether she thought of the issue herself, or picked it up from Twitter where the issue first started to trend.
And now it’s everywhere, with wiseacres even pronouncing that CO2 isn’t invisible, including someone called Dr Darren Saunders who produced a photo of dry ice to prove that CO2 isn’t invisible or weightless which the Greens saw fit to retweet.
They must be desperate to discredit Abbott to carry on with this nonsense.
So I’m quietly pleased that it will have the alternative effect. Australian politics has been dominated by this sort of bullying for too long.
Away from the echo chamber of Twitter, where all the twits apparently gather, the punter in the public bar, or the punteress picking the kids up from daycare, will nod their heads and say “He must be onto something if all these smarty pants are piling into him like that.”
And so he is. Run RAbbot run.
Australian politics is much poorer if the audience is so dumb they can’t appreciate the humour in a verbal flourish. A case of “no turn unstoned”.