3 January 2006

Comrade Uber Alles - Stanhope goes the distance

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ABC Online is reporting on Chief Minister Stanhope becoming the longest serving Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory.

He should be congratulated for his milestone, and it should be acknowledged that he has managed to acheive great political success while remaining true to his principles.

But this is RiotACT, so please use the comments to recall your favourite moments of Stanhopia so far.

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Absent Diane11:03 pm 06 Jan 06

Kudos Colism!!!

Bravo Indi for that brilliant little bit of foraging in the files – now hands up everyone who thinks this government takes voters for granted (does the name Corbell come to mind ?)

I don’t mind this comment that Mr Stanhope made back in 1998 when the ALP lost the election…history has a way of repeating itself:

“I am determined that the charge of selfishness, complacency and taking the people for granted can never again be brought against the Australian Labor Party in Canberra”.

If Howard can spend $40m on shonky commercials (money that could’ve been spent fixing potholes I’m sure 🙂 interrupting the huddled masses viewings of Idol, I’d say that handing out a few flyers at a flower show is a less than proportional response.

As for the terror law leak, at least it brought more than a 5 minute (guillotined) debate to elements of the legislation, better than anyone else did.

Out of curiousity, are there any non-Liberal voters on this board who regularly whinge about the CM?

(For the record, I don’t know much about the fires/responsibility thing and if he did balls it up, blame should rightly be copped – as he apparently said himself)

There is a Stanhope-friendly interview in the Bulletin read over Christmas, in which the Dear Leader attempts -once more- to shield his graffiti-prone adviser. And yes, it does seem to indicate that the Comrade has aspirations far above his current status as the Mayor of Manuka ….

my fave is dealing himself out of the anti-terrorism legislation debate by playing pointless politics.

Personally I like the Bill of Rights and the changes to defamation law (and his speech at the IR rally)

Who cares if he bristles every now and then, better than simpering (yes, looking at you Big Kim)

“how will he ever top y-fronts from helicopter?”

Damn, I missed seeing that! I guess it could have been much worse: imagine if he’d jumped out of the chopper in a tiger print g-string????

Jon Stanhope: “What I’m saying is, don’t cheer me, if you want to blame someone, blame me” – Canberra Times – Tuesday, 21 January 2003

And you know what… he has been wearing a teflon based suit ever since.

how will he ever top y-fronts from helicopter?

Drinking lattes while Canberra burned would rate pretty highly.

Mind you, that little run in he had with some dude in Darwin(?) in front of the assembled media was another classic Stanhope moment.

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