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Aug 30, 2011

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Pure Poison IconNo politics until further notice. Principles to weigh up.  Faith to keep. Sorry..

Andrew Bolt has left his readers that cryptic message, and little else today. Gone is yesterday’s post where he quoted at length from Glenn Milne’s article that had been pulled from The Australian. Gone too is the post from Saturday that said:

On Monday, I’m tipping, a witness with a statutory declaration will come forward and implicate Julia Gillard directly in another scandal…

It’s all a bit reminiscent of the time that Andrew suddenly turned off comments on his blog after they brought him some unwanted attention. But whether things will return to ‘normal’ at the Southbank Jester’s blog is something that we’ll have to wait to find out.

Update: After a dozen or so hours of weighing up principles and keeping the faith, Andrew has announced that he’ll fill us all in tomorrow. I’m sure that everyone is as relieved as I am.

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132 thoughts on “The “most-read political blog in Australia”

  1. Matthew of Canberra

    “Listen to the first few minute of this”

    Oh, I see. Taking the mickey.

  2. monkeywrench

    ”On Monday, I’m tipping, a witness with a statutory declaration will come forward and implicate Julia Gillard directly in another scandal involving the misuse of union funds.”

    What a scoop, eh, Col! You’re favourite columnist has undone himself, not by any direct investigative journalism on his own behalf, but his usual indolent relaying of the work of others; in this case, shoddy and fake work of the kind News Ltd. loves.

  3. monkeywrench

    Yes, Col, and enjoying every minute of his humiliation.

  4. quantize

    [Quite heartening really!]

    If you call keeping tabs on what the morons are doing ‘avid consumption’…..maybe

  5. B.Tolputt

    I’m surprised Capt Troll took so long to make his attempt at derailing the subject. Perhaps he is finally realising how pathetic his attempts look to the rest of us. Quite heartening really!

    On Bolt, I reckon his tantrum will amount to next to nothing. Another op-ed trying to make themselves the story. The only real amusement will be knowing how much pain he is in having to restrain himself from winding up in court… again.

  6. SHV

    Poor Col, you look hungry, have some crumbs.

    Your hero would be described as a liar if he said things knowing they were not true.

    Just saying…

  7. Captain Col

    Good to see so many of my dear friends here are such avid consumers of my favourite blogger.

    Quite heartening really!

  8. quantize

    [“most-read political blog in Australia”]

    Reading? More like mutual rightard masturbation

  9. SHV

    Or,

    “I hate the PM, think she is doing a rotten job and am willing to say things about her that are demonstrably untrue regardless of the law. Rupert picks up my bills and the organisation I work for has a long and tawdry history when it comes to ethics or even honesty, so there.”

    “And, I’m being oppressed.”

    I’m tempted to speculate that rather than the reported ‘furious’ phone call, it was a quiet affair involving the phrase “media inquiry”.

  10. monkeywrench

    It’s about as close as Andy could possibly come to something approximating irony.

    ….and as such, almost painfully clumsy.

  11. gtpfb13

    MoC, go here and listen to first few minutes:

    Listen to the first few minute of this:

    http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=9923

  12. Jack Sparraaggghhh

    “I think Julia Gillard is a great PM…”

    I think that was an attempt at subtlety on Andy’s part, representing the only conceivable alternative to the view he promulgates on his blog that the Gillard govt is the worst since Federation, the most disgraceful thing ever to have happened to democracy, etc.

    It’s about as close as Andy could possibly come to something approximating irony.

  13. Matthew of Canberra

    “I think Julia Gillard is a great PM and is doing a great job and anyone who criticizes her should be shut down”

    Woah – seriously? Did he actually say that … or words to that effect?

  14. gtpfb13

    MoC, I suspect it would turn into a “I’ve been advised that to protect my freedom of speech I can’t comment further, but all I will say is…..”

    His comment on 2gb “I think Julia Gillard is a great PM and is doing a great job and anyone who criticizes her should be shut down” (or words to that effect), is an example of how it would go.

    Isn’t he just the most sensitive petal? A Classic bully dishes it out but runs crying if the tables are turned. Does he fit that description?

    (No allegations are being made here. Questions are being asked which deserve an answer.)

  15. Matthew of Canberra

    Just hypothetically ….

    If, say, a member of parliament – say, a hypothetical PM – were to sue a newspaper company for defamation … would they be constrained in any way in their ability to publish stories critical of that self-same identity while the matter was before the courts?

    Just theorising. I don’t have any newspaper company in mind. Really.

  16. Brizben

    I wonder how much “freedom of speech” Andrew would have if he owned and ran his own blog and had to pay for his own lawyers?

  17. Bloods05

    Feather

  18. Bloods05

    [the two famous Costellos apparently get along quite well]

    Birds of a sanctimonious featehr flock together.

  19. Jay

    If the comments today at the woe-is-me-persecuted-modern-day-Jesus’ blog are a prelude of what’s to come tomorrow, we can expect one big endless stream of virtual hand-jobs.

  20. Idlaviv

    H&C:
    “Your desperation
    Where does it lead to false riches?
    And the little girl`s greed your still young (Jeremy)
    Oh, but you`ve tasted it all…
    Is that you
    you used to be so proud
    Is that you
    looking so hungry
    Is that you
    standing at the back of the breadline
    back of the breadline
    back of the breadline…”

  21. MR

    He needs to show more respect for his employer, who pays the bill for his defamation proceedings…

  22. Gorgeous Dunny

    [shepherdmarilyn
    Posted August 30, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    His very nice brother Richard used to work for Dr Norman Sanders of the Democrats when I worked for Dr John Coulter in the 1980′s.]

    Norm Sanders who campaigned on a penny-farthing? Who eventually when he retired (or resigned?) handed over to the next best poller, one Bob Brown?

    Seriously, it does sound as if Richard might not get along all that well with Andrew. You hint at that, Marilyn, with your description of him as “very nice” and a lovely bloke.

    I couldn’t imagine too much in common, albeit the two famous Costellos apparently get along quite well.

  23. gtpfb13

    Jack @19.

    It now reads “Milne could not be contacted.”

  24. revolutionary

    Looks like RUS had it right early on.

    Someone has had their arse dragged over hot coals by management and is being a drama queen. Andy seems to forget that his right to free speech that he bangs on about so often comes with responsibilities. Responsibilities such as not publishing defamatory, false or misleading material. {Snip – We can’t publish that – Dave}

    Angra I think we have one of these on our hands :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfHEEFqLRYs

  25. shepherdmarilyn

    His very nice brother Richard used to work for Dr Norman Sanders of the Democrats when I worked for Dr John Coulter in the 1980’s.

    We thought we might die together in a hit of turbulence once between Canberra and Melbourne.

    He is a lovely bloke.

  26. fred p

    400+ comments to the Jester’s thread. His readers certainly come out of the woodwork for the woe-is-me material. Poor baby.

    Stand by for a nauseating column tomorrow about how the gubmint is all oppressing News Ltd, whereas they remain as always free to publish whatever crap they please as long as it isn’t defamatory. Alternatively, I take it he won’t be threatening anyone with defamation himself again, or will at least let his readers know every time he does it, so we’re able to compare and contrast how variable his commitment to free speech is.

  27. monkeywrench

    Prepare for the worst, dear friends. Tomorrow, we are going to be treated to the biggest self-regarding, poor-poor-me victimfest in the history of Australian blogging. The correspondents will be wetting themselves in their efforts to pat him on his poor, lacerated back. And normal people are going to feel like that US reporter who got covered in sewage.

  28. Trevor

    I wonder how many drafts of his return are now in the bin. I suspect they keep coming back from legal with big black crosses through paragraphs.

    Poor Andrew, his head may explode rather then concede his stir was nothing more than invented garbage.

    Strangely, I expect his followers will be sympathetic. They would step up and drink the Kool ade

  29. Angra

    Perhaps this most accurately describes Mr B’s position…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgBFUTZrrtU

  30. Angra

    Bloods05 – the great man also said “Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. “

  31. ConnorJ

    “Seems like Bolt was never told “no” enough as a child.”

    ironic, really, considering his recent tanty about cultural Spock-ism…

  32. Bloods05

    I’m sorry madam, but those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.

  33. revolutionary

    One of your best, MW @ 54!

  34. Jack Sparraaggghhh

    …I apologise if you think I’ve had the balance wrong over the past 24 hours.

    Actually I thought the balance was kind of just right, but I knew it couldn’t last.

  35. GavinM

    Hello Angra,

    That sounds more like he’s had something of a victory to me – people don’t usually feel free to speak their mind if they’ve just been dragged over the coals, particularly if its in regards to legal issues.

    Time will tell I guess – tomorrow’s column could be interesting.

  36. Matthew of Canberra

    “He didn’t apparently, although I think he was quite happy to give that impression.”

    Aah – I see. I have to admit, I DID read that on a wiki page, so it’s probably planted there by the VALEWIMECON.

    My apologies to andrew if that is correct and I wrongly implied that he ever worked for the ALP.

    But it might be for the best, given any things that may or may not ever happen the future.

  37. gezzam

    Hitting refresh for 200th time and nothing. Not a peep. Body shaking. Need a fix. Need an explanation. Need a life. Need to know when the commander of courageous, wise, rational thought and opinion will hit the keyboard again. Prevailing over leftist foolishness is not optional. Not now. Not eveHitting refresh for 200th time and nothing. Not a peep. Body shaking. Need a fix. Need an explanation. Need a life. Need to know when the commander of courageous, wise, rational thought and opinion will hit the keyboard again. Prevailing over leftist foolishness is not optional. Not now. Not ever. We have a duty to the young. It’s a legacy thing.

    juggernaut of melb (Reply)

    Holy Crap, Commander of the Courageous!!!!!

    juggernaut of melb (Reply)
    Tue 30 Aug 11 (11:39am)

  38. GavinM

    MoC @29

    That post set off my irony radar — I think this line is the clue

    “Who will uphold our traditional values – sticking up for the underdog and sending boat peoiple back?”

    At least — I’m wanting to look at it that way.

  39. Bloods05

    A thought just occurred to me while listening to that – that if you scrunch up your ears a little bit, he sounds just like Sam Newman delivering one of his insincere mea culpas after one of his public atrocities.

  40. Angra

    Sounds like he’s has a right bollocking.

    “UPDATE

    I now feel free to speak my mind. I shall. In tomorrow’s column. “

  41. specialtask

    Does Bolt have a serious martyr complex? (I am only asking, not saying…Bolt would understand that) Even with that other ‘issue’ it was all ‘…my lawyers advise me not to express my right to free speech…’ etc…booo hooo. All part of the right’s ‘we are victims’ positioning. How can they possibly defend themselves with only lobyists, lawyers, private meetings with the PM, newspapers, magazines. websites, radio stations, free-to-air, cable and sattelite television stations and movie studios at their disposal?

  42. Lee Harvey Oddworld

    how could he work for the ALP in the 80′s, given what happened this week?

    He didn’t apparently, although I think he was quite happy to give that impression. I believe he was employed by the Australian Public Service in the PM’s press department.

    Yeah, he had a menial, short-lived job and Labor staffers of the time can’t remember him. Chalk it up as the journalistic equivalent of I’ve voted Labor all my life, but …

  43. gtpfb13

    Listen to the first few minute of this:

    http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=9923

    I suspected this was going to turn into a poor me, suppressed conservative opinion, no dissent allowed, shut down the tiny voice conservatives have in the MSM kind of rant.

    Poor Andrew. Horrible Lefties.

  44. Jack Sparraaggghhh

    Sorry.

    Andy wrote in a previous post, “Sorry to sound so cryptic.”

    This is in reference to a ‘debate’ between himself and Paul Howes broadcast on 2GB, which refers to Andy as “the recently silenced Daily Telegraph columnist.”

    In the course of the 2GB spot Andy confesses he’s “depressed,” “had it up to here,” doesn’t know “what the hell’s going on,” etc. The compere Ben Fordham assures listeners that Andy will be “back to his usual self next week.”

    This is obviously a man in crisis. Undoubtedly it’s all Teh Left’s fault.

  45. SHV

    Speaking of ‘cryptic’, Stephen Mayne tweets:

    [In shootout with Hartigan, Bolt loses. End of newspaper career. Can’t do Sky as Harto chairs that too. Could do blog but selling ads a pain]

    Wishful thinking, prediction or fact?

  46. fractious

    @ surly #49, yep, see if you can get Blot to read it.

  47. Greensborough Growler

    Aldaron,

    Are you implying a hockey stick effect?

    Now, where elese did that phenomena occur?

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