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Bold, bad tempered Stanhopian prediction of permanent Labor Government in the ACT

johnboy 10 July 2009 25

The Chiefly Stanhope was on 666 this morning placating the nutters and wierdos who call in.

When an SMS was put to him asking about the Redpath affair he got a little bit weird making strange accusations about the grubby little party hacks who try and pollute public forums with their lines (you know who you are).

Eventually though he was willing to offer a judgment on Katy Gallagher’s leadership ambitions:

    Samantha Maiden: And what about Katy Gallagher, leadership material?

    Jon Stanhope: Absolutely, Katy Gallagher I have absolutely no doubt will be the Chief Minister of the ACT one day and I would imagine she would be Chief Minister for three or four terms.

So, if Mr Stanhope goes to the 2012 poll and then hands over he’s anticipating un-interrupted one party rule through to 2028?

There I was thinking we had people called voters who had some say in the matter but that’s obviously naive.

I don’t imagine Andrew Barr will be well pleased either to wait two more decades before getting a go in the big seat.

For those who want to listen we’ve posted a recording of the exchange.


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deezagood deezagood 10:06 am 11 Jul 09

Canberra is a diehard Labor town and I tend to agree with Stanhope – can’t ever see the Libs getting a go.

Very Busy Very Busy 9:35 am 11 Jul 09

Bic said :

From the sounds of things I’m the only one in this whole city that thinks it’s being run pretty well…

You don’t get out much do you?

YapYapYap YapYapYap 1:27 am 11 Jul 09

Can’t beat what Apoc said.

YapYapYap YapYapYap 1:25 am 11 Jul 09

Oh, and to Katy’s leadership ambitions. My advice would be; put in a honest day’s work, at least two or three times a year.

Bring back Andrew Whitecross.

Apoc Apoc 1:21 am 11 Jul 09

Comrade in command of the ACSS (Australian Capital Socialist State)

hes obviously got his 5 year old nephew a job doing some road infrastructure, i mean how else could you get such an efficient logical GDE and Glenlock Interchange! impressive for a 5 year old. ACTION Busses.. health system.. stupid, outdated, messy, contradicting, unbalanced and vague legal acts –

But on the brighter side, attracting business growth in civic, its not perfect but its getting there, and… uhm.. saving that drowning guy in the dam… uhm black mountain tower lit up at night now! wow…… uhm………. and that artistic dual phalic spinning thing on yarra glen! who wouldnt vote for him!!

YapYapYap YapYapYap 12:20 am 11 Jul 09

muFasa said :

Wow – Sonic was a bit touchie this morning… as if it wasn’t one of Redpath’s mates texting in…nice try at turning the story around though.

It’s clear Stanhope doesn’t have the troops to move against Redpath or anyone else within the party for that matter. His party influence starts and stops in the parliamentary end of things.

Acting Secretary David Tansey’s call for ‘everyhting to be put behind us for the sake of unity’ sounds more like ‘don’t dig around looking for evidence that might identify the grubs who did Redpath in’. Tansey is part of Barr’s faction.

As to who it was that sent the SMS, I’d have a quid on Zed/Brendan.

Bic Bic 11:21 pm 10 Jul 09

From the sounds of things I’m the only one in this whole city that thinks it’s being run pretty well…

bellaa bellaa 8:52 pm 10 Jul 09

Mr Evil said :

Well, Labor keep screwing the ACT – but keep getting voted back in. Sonic probably should be dreaming of a 1000 year ACT Labor Reich!

Stockholm Syndrome…

NickD NickD 8:17 pm 10 Jul 09

Seeing as there was a swing against both Labor and the Liberals at the last election which largely ended up with The Greens and the general disdain with which the Liberals are held in the ACT (thanks to the sackings in 1996 and Kate Carnell trashing the Liberal brand) it’s not a big call to say that there will be a near semi-permanent left-wing majority in the ACT.

barking toad barking toad 4:17 pm 10 Jul 09

Mayor : “Voters? What are they?”

Jim Jones Jim Jones 3:29 pm 10 Jul 09

Scribble said :

I, for one, welcome our new bogan princess overlord.

Your majesty, envoys from distant lands have arrived, they bring offerings of bourbon and coke.

Scribble Scribble 2:30 pm 10 Jul 09

“That will be Empress Gallagher to you.”

Which answers the perennial question of what Katy did next…

*bows and backs towards nearest exit*

chewy14 chewy14 1:53 pm 10 Jul 09

Scribble said :

I, for one, welcome our new bogan princess overlord.

That will be Empress Gallagher to you.

Down on your knees slave.

housebound housebound 1:24 pm 10 Jul 09

Sadly – CM could be right. The ALP have to their advantage a $20 million election kitty, a complacent electorate who vote Labor regardless of what they do, a Greens party who will always support labor, and the CT. I can’t see how it matters what the libs do.

What it means is that this mob could possibly do whatever they like, and still stay in power. And they believe it now.

This is sad for democratic governance because (in my view) each of the parties needs to be kicked out from time-to-time to keep them 9and the public service) on their toes.

Scribble Scribble 1:07 pm 10 Jul 09

I, for one, welcome our new bogan princess overlord.

Mr Evil Mr Evil 12:43 pm 10 Jul 09

Well, Labor keep screwing the ACT – but keep getting voted back in. Sonic probably should be dreaming of a 1000 year ACT Labor Reich!

trevar trevar 12:36 pm 10 Jul 09

I think it would be tough to find a Canberran who isn’t at least a little bit anti right wing, and with the peculiarly strong acceptance of the status quo that happens here, Stanhope’s confidence in the longevity of Stanhopia is probably quite justified. I don’t expect my vote to ever count for anything as long as I live in Canberra.

The only thing that may threaten it would be the abolition of compulsory voting, although I’d want an each way bet on whether that would hinder or help Labor!

PM PM 12:09 pm 10 Jul 09

But, according to an interviewed Stanhope last year, Gallagher was the one who broke the promise re school closures!

Wraith Wraith 11:10 am 10 Jul 09

Costello was going to PM too one day, but look what happened there, but the previous statement made here about no real alternative to the local Gov here still rings true in this case.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:51 am 10 Jul 09

Is this going to be one of those Jedi Prophecies where she really is Chief Minister in more than just an Acting capacity for only the one day before the no-confidence motion passes?
Whatever the Comrade ‘imagines’ isn’t anything more substantial than that, just the imaginings of an old man.

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