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Mark Parton channelling the parrot’s malignant brain?

By johnboy - 9 January 2009 54

Sweet holy jesus.

Check out this rant from near-run ACT political candidate and 2CC morning presenter Mark Parton.

Here’s some of my favourite highlights:

    The youth of our nation are out of control. The jackass generation who believe that it’s really funny when someone else gets hurt have no fear of the law…

    They must have felt like Aussie soldiers marching into a Taliban stronghold…

    We’ve got some problems in this country of ours.

Because the kids in this country were always little angels and never caused any trouble in the past eh Mark?

Either he’s inciting inter-generational hatred for cheap ratings points, or he’s woefully ignorant of Australian history.

UPDATED: Joebananas posted the below text as a story just as I was posting this one. I’ve added it here as I don’t think Mark’s ego could handle two stories about him in the one day:

    I was amused to hear Mark Parton on 2cc just before 10am today sign off an interview with the following:

    ‘And that was Jeremy Hanson, one of the new members of our pretend parliament’.

    So what does that make Mr Parton? A failed pretender to the pretend parliament who is no longer pretending to be a pretender? If he runs again next time will it just be a pretense? Was he pretending all along?

    And I notice his website is still up. He says a lot of passionate stuff on there for someone who thinks the whole thing is a joke.

    http://www.markparton.com/portal/

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Mark Parton channelling the parrot’s malignant brain?
Granny 11:14 am 09 Jan 09

Peterh I think you’re chucking a bit of a Dolly on the parents now.

peterh 11:12 am 09 Jan 09

“The youth of our nation are out of control.”

No, Mark.

The parents of the youth of our nation don’t seem to give a damn about what their kids get up to after dark, at parties, down the local oval. How many parents knew that their underage kids were at the werribee party? probably not many. and the ones that knew, most probably didn’t care. After all, there were parents of the organiser there. and that makes it all better, doesn’t it?

I recognise that the police have a difficult job to do. I have commented as such on RA before.

but to say that the youth are to blame for all these incidents, what a load of bollocks. unwittingly, mark has put himself into the “grumpy old men” category, blaming those damned young people for all of the things that are wrong with today.

AngryHenry 11:09 am 09 Jan 09

Well some of us at least.

AngryHenry 11:09 am 09 Jan 09

Granny said :

Still no comments on his blog … it can’t be getting that much of a reaction ….

We’re reacting to it here.

Granny 11:06 am 09 Jan 09

Still no comments on his blog … it can’t be getting that much of a reaction ….

caf 10:59 am 09 Jan 09

The Brad: “They were in the minority back then.” – and guess what – they still are.

barking toad 10:58 am 09 Jan 09

I agree with JB that the yoof of today carry on as much as in days gone by, but I think Dolly makes some valid points about the position of plod in these situations. Unfortunately, the points are lost with the cringeworthy taliban comment.

Nail ’em up I say!

peterh 10:58 am 09 Jan 09

imarty said :

I also heard him just before 10 talking to the deputy rural fire commish comparing volunteer firies going to fight a fire to soldiers marching off to war!
Now good on the firies but c’mon…

Fires are pretty unpredictable, but i just think mark is looking to “fuel” his listeners into listening forever.

AngryHenry 10:58 am 09 Jan 09

He’s just trying to make the phones light up and drive some talkback, that’s all.

He’s obviously succeeded.

I love Jackass, and I’m fast approaching my mid-thirties?!?!? Phrases like ‘Jackass Generation’ just fuel hype and make you come across as a wowser and a bit of an old fart. Perhaps if we made an effort to understand rather than pigeon-hole.

Members of the so called ‘Jackass Generation’ will also note that one of the figureheads of that movement, Steve-O had a complete breakdown recently at which stage his Jackass co-horts intervened, got him into re-hab are helping him deal with some pretty full-on mental health issues. On his website he keeps a diary of it and it’s pretty interesting, the guys is pretty disturbed and has some obvious regrets about a lot of the stuff he did.

http://www.steveo.com if you’re interested.

imarty 10:56 am 09 Jan 09

I also heard him just before 10 talking to the deputy rural fire commish comparing volunteer firies going to fight a fire to soldiers marching off to war!
Now good on the firies but c’mon…

Thumper 10:51 am 09 Jan 09

cheap ratings points

peterh 10:43 am 09 Jan 09

although it is mixed around with different references to current events,

“I don’t know if you saw the footage from Rosemeadow yesterday. The cops marched in to try to solve the issues in that troubled Sydney suburb. They must have felt like Aussie soldiers marching into a Taliban stronghold.”

this was probably the worst thing i have ever seen mark comment. comparing an australian housing estate community with the taliban is just dumb. The people involved in the brawl were initially 2 families, involved in a feud that has spilled over to effect the entire community. not muslim, even though there were pics of people with their heads covered…

and the werribee party gone wrong was sanctioned by the organiser’s parents. Kids paid $5 per head to attend.

well done mark, you have missed the mark. totally.

the real culprits in both these incidents are the parents and elders. if they allow a party to proceed, more fool them. if they incite members of their families to violent acts against another family, how is it the youth of australia’s fault that this has happened?

The Brad 10:38 am 09 Jan 09

Sorry (correction…for fear for becoming FotW), prevalent, not pravelant.

johnboy 10:37 am 09 Jan 09

There have been riots and lawlessness in australian youth for the entire duration of european settlement.

But if you want to settle into fogey nostalgia with Mark then be my guest.

The Brad 10:34 am 09 Jan 09

I think he does have a point in that the youth of today are becoming more violent in packs. Droogs from “A Clockwork Orange” are more pravelant today.

Because the kids in this country were always little angels
From talking to my parents, the louts of the 50’s participated in jive dancing, and had long hair. Things have definately gotten more shocking since then. But cops were respected, and avoided if possible.

In the 60’s, the cops were verbally abused, not physically. Mark Parton is stating that things have changed, and he wouldn’t want to be a cop today. I think you may have missed his point, JB.

I remember in the 80’s I had a couple of “mates”, who on a Friday night, went out looking for fights, and once beat up on a innocent person at a bus stop for fun. They were in the minority back then.
And they’d run from the cops before throwing weapons at them.

Kids are never little angels, but each generation seems to be becoming more like little demons.

I don’t think Mark Parton is not inciting anything. I think he’s stating the obvious.

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