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Bit of surly class warfare from Andrew Leigh on Radio National

By I-filed 2 July 2012 29

Andrew Leigh has been securing himself a disproportionate presence on the ABC Radio airwaves lately. He secured a spot on the Science Show recently, then Breakfast on Saturday. Interestingly, on Saturday he exhibited quite a nasty bit of class warfare for a chap who represents the middle-class burghers of Canberra.

Speaking about higher education degrees, he was scathing about how parents whose children attend sandstone universities “clap politely while little Johnny and Susan get their degrees”, contrasting these apparently uptight and unpleasant stuck-up types with the whooping, joyous working-class families celebrating at the “besser-brick westie” universities.

Andrew – why the pointless classist diatribe? What do you have against families where more than one member happens to have earned a degree? Moreover, Andrew Leigh, if you’re going to tar the middle-class with such scorn, shouldn’t you be representing a working-class electorate rather than Canberra with the highest proportion of higher degrees in the country? Biting the hand that feeds you!

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Jethro 11:30 pm 04 Jul 12

Call me a classist, but I looked down upon the families at my graduation who whooped and yelled.

Damned bogans, not understanding social context. It’s not a footy match, and, no, thongs aren’t acceptable footwear.

And did you really need to bring the vuvuzelas?

I-filed 9:03 pm 04 Jul 12

Duffbowl said :

I’d like to point out that “rock-spider” has some serious connotations. If you meant to call A-Cog a lover of small children, then go right ahead. Otherwise, I’d suggest retracting.

Well then perhaps A-Cog might care to learn from a taste of his own medicine – being responded to with an irrelevant and gratuitous insult rather than a comment on the topic at hand …

dungfungus 10:46 am 04 Jul 12

c_c said :

dungfungus said :

A_Cog said :

OMG I-filed. YES that is a troll post. You took the “Johnny and Susan” quote out of context and plugged it into your overall “class war” narrative which is designed to make Andrew Leigh look like a tool. I listened to the broadcast, and you’re out of line. I think Andrew Leigh is ok, for a Harvard-educated economist who can actually understand how policy and economics should interact.
Also, you suggested that I “arm [myself] with something of substance” . I did, so try this:
I just scanned through your 65 posts. 19 are explicitly anti-Labor. That’s 30%. Then there are your anti-ABC rants. That was all I needed to see. I didn’t need to read any more of your forced, apoplectic prose.
I-filed, you’ve just been defiled.
Put down the I-pad and watch Rush Hour, which just started on channel 88.

What are you; a cyber stalker or something worse perhaps?
Watch out I-filed you just been defiled.

Yep, I’d say picture this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a7/Life_conspiracy_wall.jpg

I’ll bet his favourite movies are “One Hour Photo” starring Robin Williams and that Hitchcock classic, “Psycho”

davo101 10:06 am 04 Jul 12

nice_enough said :

My only problem with Andrew is he is such a BORING DRAB UNINSPIRING NERD.

Exactly, which is what makes him the ideal candidate to represent the electors of Fraser.

(Based entirely on what the average Australian thinks Canberrans are like).

PS: If you think Dr Leigh is boring, drab, and uninspiring my local member used to be one JW Howard.

nice_enough 9:41 am 04 Jul 12

I don’t have a problem with Leigh in this regard, in fact I think his comments were pretty fair, and did not have any of the class warfare hatered that I-Filled is whining about (maybe its in your head?) …

My only problem with Andrew is he is such a BORING DRAB UNINSPIRING NERD.

Duffbowl 9:24 am 04 Jul 12

I-filed said :

Yes, it looks as though “A-Cog” is a creepy cyber-stalker and rock-spider.

As much as like watching supporters of either side go at each other like whimpering puppies, I’d like to point out that “rock-spider” has some serious connotations. If you meant to call A-Cog a lover of small children, then go right ahead. Otherwise, I’d suggest retracting.

c_c 2:30 am 04 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

A_Cog said :

OMG I-filed. YES that is a troll post. You took the “Johnny and Susan” quote out of context and plugged it into your overall “class war” narrative which is designed to make Andrew Leigh look like a tool. I listened to the broadcast, and you’re out of line. I think Andrew Leigh is ok, for a Harvard-educated economist who can actually understand how policy and economics should interact.
Also, you suggested that I “arm [myself] with something of substance” . I did, so try this:
I just scanned through your 65 posts. 19 are explicitly anti-Labor. That’s 30%. Then there are your anti-ABC rants. That was all I needed to see. I didn’t need to read any more of your forced, apoplectic prose.
I-filed, you’ve just been defiled.
Put down the I-pad and watch Rush Hour, which just started on channel 88.

What are you; a cyber stalker or something worse perhaps?
Watch out I-filed you just been defiled.

Yep, I’d say picture this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/a/a7/Life_conspiracy_wall.jpg

I-filed 9:34 pm 03 Jul 12

dungfungus said :

What are you; a cyber stalker or something worse perhaps?
Watch out I-filed you just been defiled.

Yes, it looks as though “A-Cog” is a creepy cyber-stalker and rock-spider. Perhaps he/she also emerges from the rock-face to administer the ALP creepy database – or works for the dirt file office. Not sure where the idea came from, that posting political opinions on Riot-Act is somehow not “legal” or “normal”. As it happens, I am a Labor voter. Just a heavily disillusioned one.

dungfungus 9:02 pm 03 Jul 12

A_Cog said :

OMG I-filed. YES that is a troll post. You took the “Johnny and Susan” quote out of context and plugged it into your overall “class war” narrative which is designed to make Andrew Leigh look like a tool. I listened to the broadcast, and you’re out of line. I think Andrew Leigh is ok, for a Harvard-educated economist who can actually understand how policy and economics should interact.
Also, you suggested that I “arm [myself] with something of substance” . I did, so try this:
I just scanned through your 65 posts. 19 are explicitly anti-Labor. That’s 30%. Then there are your anti-ABC rants. That was all I needed to see. I didn’t need to read any more of your forced, apoplectic prose.
I-filed, you’ve just been defiled.
Put down the I-pad and watch Rush Hour, which just started on channel 88.

What are you; a cyber stalker or something worse perhaps?
Watch out I-filed you just been defiled.

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