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Dennis Shanahan writes one of the most unintentionally ironic columns in the history of The Australian. I’m not going to do a detailed analysis because I wouldn’t want to give the impression that his commentary on polling and media narratives should be taken seriously. Just read it and enjoy the hypocrisy of Mr The Narrowing!!1! Rudd’s Honeymoon Over!!1! Abbott Resurgence!!1! lecturing “websites” and “ABC commentators” for promulgating myths and presenting a distorted impression of what the polls show.

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  • 1
    confessions
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    I read that earlier. Hilarious stuff.

  • 2
    monkeywrench
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    He may lecture the ABC commentators but that didn’t stop him popping up on ABC NewsRadio 1026 this morning to pontificate on Rudd “making things worse” by demoting Garrett. Where’s that word ‘hypocrisy’ again? Oh yes, there it is in the last sentence.

  • 3
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know what it is that you find hilarious Confessions but the culture of wilful blindness amongst you Latte sippers to the the fact that the government is making stuff up after stuff up in the delivery of its grand ideas and it could see them thrown out at the next election as a consequence is endlessly amusing to this conservative.

  • 4
    ltep
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Gee… the latte sippers thing never gets old does it? What’s the right wing equivalent of of the ‘latte sipper’ cliche anyhow?

  • 5
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Permalink

    Itep
    It never gets old as long as it still gets up the noses of lefties {juvenile emoticon removed – Tobby}

  • 6
    torora
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Dennis Shanahan lecturing others for ‘promulgating myths and presenting a distorted impression of what the polls show’ WTF??? Is that guy for real?
    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

  • 7
    nickws
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Well the media does need conflict and unpredictability to keep things interesting. Though exactly how Abbott-fuelled unpredictability is something that will end up giving Labor a run for their money is beyond me–the man’s appeal is that he’s not a moderate like Peacock, nor safe like Beazley.

    Y’know, the last two Opposition leaders to give first-term governments an electoral scare.

    I reckon those bookies Shanahan is pointing degenerate gamblers towards are looking at Abbott and thinking, “Come on big fella, keep sending ‘em to us right up until you Latham-out in the election.”

  • 8
    ShaunHC
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    It never gets old as long as it still gets up the noses of lefties

    Gee, like we needed proof that Iain Hall doesn’t support the Liberals out of rational assessment of their policies, but out of a juvenile tribalism.

  • 9
    Johnny Come Lately
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    LOL @ Iain Hall ………. again

  • 10
    Sisyphis
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    “It never gets old as long as it still gets up the noses of lefties’

    So dear ole Iain is a bespoke dealer of vintage *snow* to the enemies of teh right.

    Thought he was just a user.

  • 11
    confessions
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

    What is this obsession with coffee consumption?

  • 12
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    You can tell an awful lot about a person form the sort of coffee they order Confessions ,
    I bet you are a decaf soy latte drinker……….
    Cheers

  • 13
    PeeBee
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Wow Iain, when did the type of coffee you drink replace Phrenology.

    Keep up the good work though! I need a laugh now and then.

    And what a lame statement:

    that the government is making stuff up after stuff up in the delivery of its grand ideas and it could see them thrown out at the next election as a consequence is endlessly amusing to this conservative.

    Where is your conservative conviction? Shouldn’t you replace ‘could’ with something stronger?

  • 14
    confessions
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    You can tell an awful lot about a person form the sort of coffee they order Confessions ,

    This from the person who claims to have an appreciation of the scientific method.

    LOL.

  • 15
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Pee Bee
    Thee is “many a slip twixt cup and lip” so it is wiser to avoid geeting too sure of yourself until the results are actually in.

  • 16
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    should be getting in #15

    Confessions
    Observation of the habits of strange tribes is at the heart of the science of anthropology and the methodology of that discipline are just as applicable in the inner city cafes as they are in some remote island village.

  • 17
    confessions
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Permalink

    I don’t live in the inner city iain, nor do I drink latte, soy milk or decaf coffee.

    Your ‘scientific observations’ are shit.

  • 18
    monkeywrench
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    Jesus, Hall, save us your trolling vacuousness, for fuck’s sake. You’ve fallen in love with a cliché and you keep trotting it out as if it has meaning. One of these days, you might get slightly more inventive with your posts, and then there might be a sliver of a skerrick of a chance we might take you seriously. In my opinion, though, the Arctic icecap will be long gone before that happens.

  • 19
    zoomster
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Lefties unite – I think it’s time we start talking about ‘conservative tea drinkers’.

    Fits in nicely with the whole tea party thing.

  • 20
    confessions
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Permalink

    Iain Hall’s interpretations of coffee consumption are as insightful as Dennis Shanahan’s interpretations of Newspoll.

  • 21
    Sisyphis
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    In the land of the blind the one-eyed Iain is king of the omphaloskeptics.

  • 22
    monkeywrench
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Confessions@ 20
    Hang on, they’re not that bad…..

  • 23
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    “are just as applicable in the inner city cafes as they are in some remote island village”

    Or in a suburban McDonalds, the most elitist of fast-food joints, where lattes are now sold. :)

  • 24
    Posted February 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    That sound you hear, Iain? Yeah that’s me owning you. Get used to it.

  • 25
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 2:19 am | Permalink

    After her excruciating application of Shakespeare graffiti, iAin will now be going on another ‘much deserved’ holiday.

  • 26
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Zoomster
    As a conservative who generally drinks tea (Earl Grey of course) I like the ring of ‘conservative tea drinkers’ {juvenile emoticon removed – Tobby}

    Danny Boy
    Agree with you that anthropological methods can be used just as effectively in the fine Scottish restaurant but you are a very long way from owning anyone when it comes to debate. Like a lot of lefties you think that claiming something will as the good captian would say “make it so”.
    Cheers

  • 27
    zoomster
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 8:06 am | Permalink

    Iain

    a good political label should have some degree of truth to it, or it won’t stick, so that you do drink tea is thus not surprising.

    So my idea is a goer – and tea drinking is associated in most people’s minds with their grandparents and the English, whilst coffee drinkers are cosmopolitan and sophistocated.

    Nothing like a good brand, which even those branded have to accept.

    I will now try and go international….

  • 28
    zoomster
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    Oh, and I was going to go with Earl Gray – or lemon.

    Although I enjoy EG myself, it is weak and perfumed, so it gives a good sublimal message as well.

    Ta.

  • 29
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Toby
    why do you remove emoticons from my comments and not the comments of others on this thread? (IE Daniel’s comment #23)
    Zoomster
    I agree that Earl Grey is nice with lemon but it is even better with the juice of half a lime and it is an excellent choice if you have a head cold (it counts as a medical treatment in my book)
    The fact that some lefties get all defencive about the “Latte sipper” epithet just cracks me up and suggests that they are in fact taking themselves just a bit too seriously.
    Me, I’m happy to be called a “conservative tea drinker”

    Cheers

  • 30
    Cuppa
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    ... Just read it and enjoy the hypocrisy

    Thanks Tobias, but I won’t be clicking on it, or on any ‘article’ run by Murdoch.

  • 31
    OzPol Tragic
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Ooo, cuppa, I DO enjoy [mainly "carrying on about"] the hypocrisy of Mr The Narrowing!!1! Rudd’s Honeymoon Over!!1! Abbott Resurgence!!1! (though, I ‘fess, via snippets on blogs so I don’t give him any ‘hits’)

    Especially as his parallel-universe ravings got a hellava lot more interesting yesterday as The Narrowing in UK poll results sent the Dave Camerons’ Conservatives into deep gloom … as I enjoyed typing for PB:

    Other papers focus on the effects of The Narrowing and its effects on Tory psyches. <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/feb/26/new-poll-tory-lead-five-points"<Poll shows 36% of voters don’t know what Tories stand for: Further blow to David Cameron as Conservative lead over Labour shrinks to 5% prior to party’s spring conference (With links to the very interesting ComRes/Daily Politics & Daily Telegraph polls. (Have fun, all ye Psephologist types :lol: )

    http://blogs.crikey.com.au/pollbludger/2010/02/26/morgan-56-5-43-5-3/comment-page-13/#comments #605

    BTW: My preferred coffees – have been since espresso hit Oz in the late 1950s – are the originals of Europe’s first coffee town: Einspaenner (or, in Oz, “Vienna” coffee) and Melange (a much earlier version of cappuccino); tastes originally learnt from postWar German/Austrian migrants & served with truly sinful cakes. Apart from those of my left/environmentalist generation who went for straight black expresso or otherwise, I can’t remember anyone drinking any other sort. In fact, since most of us got demi-tasse coffee sets as wedding/etc gifts (conservatives got tea sets), most lefties I know still drink “straight” or “short black”.

    IMO, “latte” – in an OMG! glass! FFS! – was the fave of Double Bay & T’rak pave-cafe Liberal wangkers; so much a wangkers’ tipple, in fact, that “latte sippers” were Liberals … until Howard’s hard dry conservative Nasties took the no-longer “liberal” party right of GK; so much so that “real” (ie “Menzies/ Casey/ Hasluck/ Holt/ Gorton-style”) Liberal “latte sippers” became “wet”/”lefties”. Nats coffee-drinkers, by the way, drank that coffee essence stuff, usually all/half milk but in a cup, so I guess they were erstaz latte drinkers.

  • 32
    quantize
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    They serve Latte at McDonalds…

    big lefties there.

  • 33
    quantize
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh I see Daniel already made the point…well there you go…another ratbag cliche down the loo and perpetrator completely pwned.

  • 34
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    Coffee is code for sex, easy to see a righties envy there. Wine is obviously a symbol of religious frustration that lefties are enjoying sex and righties are stuck with with the vicar’s wife (‘they’re drinking our blood! how dare they!’ etc).

    So call them bun munchers. There’s a nice variety of buns out there for every shade of conservative and it ties in with that plain whitebread dull unimaginative grinding authoritarianism they so wish the rest of us would love. Iain Hall {juvenile deleted} probably goes for tea cake to go with the wine/coffee/kool aid he’s obviously not drinking. And it has that nice religious undertone that a misplaced m can help along.

    Denis Shanahan is desperate. He should try some bun munching with Iain.

  • 35
    surlysimon
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

    I know why Righties are so worked up about coffee, Tea is seen as the drink of the oppressor while coffee is the drink of the free (remember the American revolution started with throwing tea, the drink of the oppressor, into the water). So if Iain is happy to be aligned with an oppressive philosophy I am happy for him, me I will drink the bean of FREEDOM

  • 36
    AR
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Anyone wants to see a rant of “tea, a weaker form of laudanum, weakening the british labourer like potatoes..” might likke todelve into George Borrows “Rural Rides”. Now there is a left wing radical before Marx was a glint in his father’s eye.

  • 37
    ShaunHC
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Don’t knock tea! That stuff is good shit! Very calming

  • 38
    Acerbic Conehead
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    Zoomster (19). ‘ang on a mo, sunshine! Didn’t Marx say, “Tea-drinkers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your tannin!”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SE5IfIkl_oA&feature=related

  • 39
    surlysimon
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    ShaunHC
    You are falling for the tricks of the oppressors , they use to keep the masses compliant and oppressed.

  • 40
    confessions
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    surlysimon @ 35:

    me I will drink the bean of FREEDOM

    Works for me! Let the elitists have their tea while they look down their noses at us enjoying life in whatever form of caffeinated drink that may entail. They hate us because we are happy! lol.

  • 41
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    “why do you remove emoticons from my comments and not the comments of others on this thread? (IE Daniel’s comment #23)”

    Maybe because I’m 100% correct and you’re still furiously grasping at straws in a pathetic attempt to look like you have something to contribute other than lame insults which don’t even possess the virtue of being based in reality. :)

  • 42
    small cakes
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    AR shurely you mean delve into William Cobbett’s ‘Rural Rides’….and George Burrows for toxicology of tea, one of the substances that enslaved the impovrished irish, who prior to it’s debut supped hot peppered water.

  • 43
    mondo rock
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Well I’m a tea drinker (can’t stand coffee in any form) so I can’t support the description of conservatives that way.

    I think Sean’s idea of bun munchers fits much better, although I would suggest a slight modification to “bun lickers” since it seems a more apt description of their total and utter subservience to movement leaders like Bolt, Palin and Limbaugh.

  • 44
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Mondo
    real tea drinkers use a pot rather than tea bags to make a brew.

    Are you a real tea drinker?

  • 45
    twobob
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Looks to me like a win to ian.

    Instead of discussing the appallingly poorly concocted piece by Shanahan you all are playing into inanes little diversion.

    Who cares what you drink the piece by shanahan was so poorly written as to be factually incorrect on occasions.
    Makes me question the mentality of those people who PAY for this piece of right wing propaganda bullshit and also makes me question the ability of the papers editors.
    Pathetic

  • 46
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 11:55 am | Permalink

    Jeesh all this talk of bun licking and tea-bagging! what is going on?

  • 47
    weebuns
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Permalink

    It is getting too metaphorical around here.

  • 48
    surlysimon
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    See Mondo you are being told how to make your tea, you stick to bags son and shun the oppressors.

  • 49
    AR
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    small cakes – thank you for that, once it was posted I knew that I had it wrong but couldn’t for the life of me think of Cobbett’s name. I’m surprised anyone on this site has heard of either Borrows or Cobbett.
    weebuns – we’ll take a dish or three of tay and sit with our feet in the turf ash.

  • 50
    confessions
    Posted March 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Looks to me like a win to ian.

    No, it’s a(nother) massive FAIL to Iaiaiain. He doesn’t understand why Shanahan’s column has been highlighted for hypocrisy therefore his only contribution to the thread is to point to some meaningless observation about coffee consumption.

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