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Minister for Ineptness?

By bhk - 3 March 2009 22

If the ACT Minister For Treating Ratepayers Like Idiots, John Hargreaves, was not a paid politician then he would be hard-pressed to find a job in the real world.

Just recently he defended the controversial public statue of Al Grassby (of which Hargreaves approved the purchase) by saying that the late federal politician, although accused, was never convicted of a crime so hey, Canberra, what was all the fuss about?

All this has gone before but has been resurrected by the recent television series “Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities”, in which the producers portray a not-unsubtle link between Grassby and certain illegal events that occurred in the Riverina during the late-1960’s/1970’s. Easy to do now, of course, as the man is dead.
(I wonder what would have happened in Chicago if the city fathers had ever decided to erect a statue of Al Capone in the middle of the city. After all, their colourful identity was only ever convicted of tax evasion, wasn’t he?!)

Hargreaves, in the meantime, displays his brilliant people-skills in his role of “Corrections Minister” (title is as quoted in the print media) as he continues to find reasons for the long-overdue opening of the new Maconochie Motel situated between Hume and Symonston.

What a shame that his title wasn’t Minister for Corrections, then he might be swayed into doing the right thing by the Canberra electorate and correct the fact that he was voted into power by resigning his position!

[ED – It has been pointed out to me that at the time of Grassby’s death quite a lot of senior liberals had very nice things to say about him.]

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Minister for Ineptness?
Ozpuck 9:53 am 04 Mar 09

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Yep and the television series “Dr Who” had a not-unsubtle link between an alien from the planet Gallifrey and the great fire of London.

You mean Queen Victoria wasn’t a werewolf?

Yes, we mustn’t take everything we see on TV as gospel truth. Unless it first appeared in the Sydney Daily Telegraph. Then it MUST be true.

(oh topic – Hargreaves could and should do better, but they keep electing him in Tuggeranong…)

colourful sydney rac 9:33 am 04 Mar 09

“the recent television series “Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities”, in which the producers portray a not-unsubtle link between Grassby and certain illegal events that occurred in the Riverina during the late-1960’s/1970’s”

Yep and the television series “Dr Who” had a not-unsubtle link between an alien from the planet Gallifrey and the great fire of London.

If you are going to make an argument that Grasby was a crook, base it on the facts not on a sensationalised TV series like underbelly. Sheessh

jakez 9:18 am 04 Mar 09

cranky said :

Just goes to show that quite a lot of senior liberals were as unquestioning of Grasby’s murky relationships as Hargreaves. And probably helps to explain why he got away without adequate comeuppance!

Wow, what a group to be associated with.

Yes Cranky, the link between the two groups is that they are all politicians, and politicians are never to be trusted. I don’t even trust the ones I like let alone the ones I don’t like.

Gobbo 8:36 am 04 Mar 09

No worries. I have been down to bile. Just thought you would need the advice. You obviously have never been that physically ill.

🙂

bhk 8:28 am 04 Mar 09

“When you get down to bile it usually will never be a projectile. More like a pooling dribble down the front.”

Can’t say that I have had a personal experience – which accounts for my error, no doubt.
So thanks for using your own for setting me straight.

Just saying ….

Gobbo 7:19 am 04 Mar 09

When you get down to bile it usually will never be a projectile. More like a pooling dribble down the front.

Just saying ….

bhk 7:04 am 04 Mar 09

Granny said :

….No news, just an excuse to spill bile. ….

You’re 100% correct. That’s exactly why I wrote and posted it; to projectile-vomit in Hargreaves’ (and the ACT City Council’s) general direction.

Granny 12:37 am 04 Mar 09

I agree. Much as I hate the Al Grassby statue, I think I possibly hate this sort of post more.

No news, just an excuse to spill bile. Definitely a strong contender for the March RiotACT’s Most Boring award.

housebound 10:09 pm 03 Mar 09

Hmmm, a blast at poor Hargreaves, but with old and rather scant content.

Maybe I like him, maybe I don’t, but I like to see solid criticisms when they come.

As for Grassby statues – what a travesty. Give it to Hargreaves in lieue of his super payout from the Assembly when he eventually goes.

cranky 9:44 pm 03 Mar 09

Ah Woody, love your style.

But as long as it exists, it will be an object of denigration on this site.

May we assist its demise.

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:38 pm 03 Mar 09

Hey, can we talk about that Grassby statue again? That would be awesome.

Deano 9:35 pm 03 Mar 09

the recent television series “Underbelly: A Tale Of Two Cities”, in which the producers portray a not-unsubtle link

So because the producers of a fictional television series who want to boost interest in their program suggest it might be true then of course it must be true. After all, you saw it on TV!

cranky 9:02 pm 03 Mar 09

Just goes to show that quite a lot of senior liberals were as unquestioning of Grasby’s murky relationships as Hargreaves. And probably helps to explain why he got away without adequate comeuppance!

Wow, what a group to be associated with.

PM 8:52 pm 03 Mar 09

Indeed – the courts are clogged enough as it is.

puzzlepunk 8:48 pm 03 Mar 09

I accuse you of being a fluffy puppy. Now if a court ruled that you are a fluffy puppy that would be something quite different wouldn’t it?

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