My Latest Twitter Updates

  • Reading my Twitter stream for the morning: reminded of the absurdity of what passes for political discussion from online media & politicians #
  • Vox pops: my Liberal-voting hairdresser wasn't aware of Rudd losing his temper but did comment on voter fickleness. Sceptical of miners. #
  • One day Rudd is a robotic spinner with no personality. Argue with Mr. O'Brien and he's had a "brain snap". Is this the best we can do? #
  • And the giveaway of the morning is the tweet about a reporter asking Rudd if he's taken his "grumpy pills". #
  • @Captainsuburbia That's my point exactly… in reply to Captainsuburbia #
  • @texranger No, it's not – it's about trivia, about gotcha point scoring at the expense of discussing anything serious. in reply to texranger #
  • RT @julie_posetti: Could be I'm influenced by my bucolic existence but "#730Report land" feels more welcoming & realistic than "KRudd land" #
  • .@julie_posetti Bucolic? A "Canberra journalist and J-academic" leads a rustic, rural existence? #
  • @julie_posetti Well, I'm sure it's very nice but don't kid yourself! in reply to julie_posetti #
  • @julie_posetti You'll be telling me you live in the "bush" next. in reply to julie_posetti #
  • Hehe… RT @sspencer_63: @mfarnsworth YEP, media is never wrong MATE and don't you forget it. #
  • At last something that makes sense… RT @PhillipMHudson: At last. Some passion from Kevin Rudd. Not a meltdown. http://tiny.cc/jw6s3 #
  • @julie_posetti When you've had your year's income wiped out by drought or rain let me know… in reply to julie_posetti #
  • @sspencer_63 How do you put up with all this shit? in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • I'd better get back to "workland" before I have a brain snap… #
  • @katedoak At least when I'm working I can be mad in my own individual way… in reply to katedoak #
  • @Polliwatch Yep, everything is a conspiracy… in reply to Polliwatch #
  • Now I'm distracted… Speaker Jenkins admonishes "senior members" of the Opposition for using bad language like "coward" & "gutless wonder". #
  • "The world was hotter in Jesus's time" – this sentence has obviously tickled Rudd's fancy. #qt #
  • @latikambourke "Never seen a trough she didn't like." – as I heard it. in reply to latikambourke #
  • Abbotsleigh also likes the NAPLAN: http://is.gd/c6Vwh #qt #
  • It makes you proud to hear a Labor Deputy Prime Minister citing the struggling Abbotsleigh: http://is.gd/c6VFt #
  • Trying to work out which new party to join: http://is.gd/c6WlA #
  • An interesting account of what happened to the Lib Dems vote in the UK election: http://is.gd/c6WIo – Peter Kellner (YouGov) #
  • Andrew Robb: "Character is about what you do when no-one's watching." – like a pious, pompous, moralising speech after #qt in the Reps? #
  • Like Lang, @BernardKeane is right… this transcript of last night's interview contains every "um", "ah" and verbal tic: http://is.gd/c5Fn7 #
  • Whereas, normally they do it this way: http://is.gd/c6ZXP – very childish and transparent. #
  • RT @latikambourke: Just managed to sneak in a 'RuddBot' reference in my news story… Fairfax News iPhne app: http://bit.ly/cp50TR. #
  • .@latikambourke And what makes you think that kind of puerile remark is appropriate in a "news" report? Don't you care about credibility? #
  • @Pollytics Rumpole once say "life is too short for Wagner". Ditto these multiplying and lengthening shout-fests. in reply to Pollytics #
  • @Pollytics …once said…!! in reply to Pollytics #
  • @samanthamaiden Cranky? I'm just brusque, Mr. Fawlty! in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @samanthamaiden I'm the only person I know who used to get annoyed when Mr. O'Brien continually interrupted John Howard… in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @samanthamaiden I'm in Melbourne. We don't have any water. in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @samanthamaiden And if Tony Abbott ever takes a swing at one of your colleagues, I shall be cheering. in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • @samanthamaiden Truth is, I just want the days of no by-lines, anonymous newsreaders and straight reporting. I know I'm naive. in reply to samanthamaiden #
  • And now I've missed the start of PM. The day gets worse. #
  • @sspencer_63 Where's the YouTube clip? in reply to sspencer_63 #
  • @Colvinius Nah, I've gone off you. I want Huw Evans back. in reply to Colvinius #
  • RT @sspencer_63: "Journos with egos:Bad enough having to read the crap without having to look at a photo of the bastard who wrote it." AbFab #
  • RT @mfullilove: Counting Cameron, Eton has produced 19 British PMs: http://is.gd/c749Y 19! Love it when a stereotype checks out. #
  • Very risible… RT @Tzarimas: Ok, here's your chance to take part in democracy ahead of tonight's fun and games: http://is.gd/c74XS #
  • @Colvinius Now you're just being pedantic. in reply to Colvinius #
  • Abbott: We will restructure the "school halls" program. #budgies #
  • Abbott: We will not go ahead with the broadband program. #
  • @JudeEkerick Hear, hear… in reply to JudeEkerick #
  • Abbott: We have faith in Australian workers… #budgies #
  • Abbott: We will be faithful to the liberal-conservative tradition. We will be a contemporary govt not just a conservative one. #budgies #
  • Abbott: We will give parental leave – it is a work place issue not a welfare issue. #budgies #
  • Abbott: Our paid parental policy is good for women who want to combine work with family. #budgies #
  • Abbott: The coalition will fight Rudd's means test on the private health insurance rebate. #budgies #
  • Abbott: Rudd attacked the bloating of the bureaucracy but has added 20,000 to the public service. #budgies #
  • Abbott: 6000 retiring/resigning bureacrats per year will not be replaced. #budgies #
  • Abbott: We will cut govt advertising by 25%. #budgies #
  • Abbott: Next Wednesday at the National Press Club, Hockey will announce more cuts and funding arrangements… #budgies #
  • Abbott: We've learnt from our mistakes, heeded the lessons of defeat – we've changed. #budgies #
  • Abbott: The govt has changed too. It no longer stands for what it used to. It does stand for policy on the run, inability to take advice. #
  • Abbott: The election should turn on the mining tax, as the budget does. #budgies #
  • Abbott: The die is cast. Neither side will retreat. The only way to save the miners who saved the country is to defeat the govt. #budgies #
  • RT @LaurieOakes: Not much economics. Much more Abbott than Costello. #budgies #
  • RT @dfg77: #budgies A recruitment freeze in the APS means plenty of cash for contractors. #
  • RT @LaurieOakes: All his golden goose eggs in one basket…the big new tax on Big Miners. #budgies #
  • Whatever you think of the policy, or lack of, there's no denying the simple clarity of Abbott's message. Not to be underestimated. #budgies #
  • @Polyquats I didn't say it was a message of substance but it's certainly clear. Clearer than Nelson or Turnbull could make. in reply to Polyquats #
  • RT @LarvatusProdeo: On LP: Shorter Abbott Budget Reply – Bring back John Howard http://is.gd/c7csN #budgies #
  • Paul Kelly: Not a standard budget speech; Abbott in all his aggression; reframing Swan's budget; successfully framed ETS, now trying same. #
  • Sinodinons: Abbott was speaking the public to highlight and make a virtue of differences between the two sides. #budgies #
  • Sinodinos makes the point that Abbott is clearing the path back to the retail politics he is known for. #budgies #
  • Kelly makes the point that Abbott is refusing to play the game the way the govt wants him to. #budgies #
  • Speers asks can Abbott run a successful campaign claiming the resources tax will affect the voter in the local shops? #
  • Look at the success of the anti-ETS campaign, says Kelly. #
  • Why go on the attack against the public service, asks @howespaul. You're writing off Eden-Monaro that way. #budgies #
  • Kelly: Abbott's clear priority is to knock out the mining tax, including its benefits, because he wants to set the agenda against the govt. #
  • Kelly:… whereas the govt wants to make Abbott the issue. Abbott is determined to deny them this. #budgies #
  • RT @LaurieOakes: Abbott's motto: "Keep it simple, stupid." An attack on a big new tax worked once, why not twice? #
  • @julie_posetti I thought you'd be whipping up a bit of damper over the campfire in your bucolic backyard… in reply to julie_posetti #
  • @GrogsGamut They want him to itemise spending cuts for one thing. They want him to announce detailed policies. He's going to stay vague. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • @xposya You may well be right. But I don't think they've yet done that job on him. All the focus is on the govt's alleged mistakes. in reply to xposya #
  • Who is this Julie-someone on Sky at the moment? Don't think I've ever seen her before. #
  • Paul Kelly predicts an October election; says Rudd govt behaves too much like a State govt and lacks a deeper strategic sense. #
  • @GrogsGamut I think Kelly meant that Fed govt is more than just service delivery, daily messages, photo ops, etc. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • Why am I explaining what Paul Kelly thinks? #
  • @GrogsGamut My favourite Kelly line was the one in 1997 when he said Cheryl Kernot's defection was the most significant event since the 50s. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • @GrogsGamut …or words to that effect. in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • Why are there no #wonkdrinks in Melbourne? Am I the only tragic down here? http://bit.ly/9Po8lg @GrogsGamut @MacYourselfhome #
  • @lagcamion A tricky one that… in reply to lagcamion #
  • @GrogsGamut Is @MacYourselfhome touring the country setting up #wonkdrinks? in reply to GrogsGamut #
  • @OddMaude It's easier to remember than your tax file number. in reply to OddMaude #
  • @s_bridges Thanks – count me in. in reply to s_bridges #
  • @rod3000 Thanks – have cancelled all plans… in reply to rod3000 #
  • RT @KarlRove: Will Dem losses in 2010 midterms be worse than post-WWII avg of 24 House and 4 Senate seats? Depends. http://bit.ly/92DdQI #
  • Mr. Jones is doing it again… I don't watch #Lateline to have his perception of what matters rammed down my throat. #
  • This piece may well be the most significant story about the Liberal Party today: http://is.gd/c7mXW #
  • Good grief, there's a lot of new names and faces to learn, judging by that footage on the BBC of the UK Cabinet meeting. #

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